Birthday tea for two!

Birthday tea for two!

Another birthday hit the Carder/Witcher household last weekend. I turned 35 (how did that happen?!) and because he is lovely @doublewoo treated me to afternoon tea at Stoke Park.

The hotel and spa is located in Stoke Poges and has been used in numerous films (such as Layer Cake, Bridget Jones & Goldfinger) due to its stunning surroundings and setting. 

On arrival at the mansion house, we were seated in the Orangery with beautiful views out across the infamous golf course.

Our waiter was a really interesting South African, with an impressive knowledge of the teas on the menu.

We both opted for the champagne afternoon tea and started with a glass of perfectly chilled Verve Clicquot.

The tea to accompany our sandwiches soon arrived (Assam) and the sarnies were delicious and plentiful! 

                                                                        

We then switched teas for the scone and cake stage of the afternoon tea (Earl Grey for me and Ceylon for @doublewoo)

Scones were both plain and fruit served with homemade strawberry and plum jams and the obligatory clotted cream. Served warm the scones were perfect - always my favourite part of tea!

The cake selection was impressive and included a cherry and apple Battenberg and a beautifully rich fruit cake.

Pink Verve Clicquot accompanied my chocolate birthday cake (and enormous sparkler/candle) which was such a lovely surprise! Although having to force more food down was a challenge!

Once tea was over, our very attentive waiter then gave us a gift box of individual teas to take home and sample - yet another fantastic touch which really set Stoke Park's afternoon tea apart from others I've had.

We had a little walk around the grounds in an attempt to not feel quite so full.....it worked, sort of. Although we were a little apprehensive about our dinner which was booked for 7pm at Brasserie Blanc! Spoilt much?!

Next stop on our culinary tour of Buckinghamshire will be my reviews of Brasserie Blanc, Beaconsfield and Sunday Roast at The Royal Standard of England – watch this space!