What’s better than cosying up with tea and cake on a rainy Saturday afternoon? Pretty much nothing in my opinion. We headed to Browns in Nottingham to sample the Royal Afternoon Tea which comes with all your usual Afternoon Tea goodies but with a bonus British Royale cocktail topped with juicy blackberries.
The teeny tiny sandwiches are usually my favourite part of an Afternoon Tea and these were mini subs. The fillings were lovely, Coronation chicken, smoked salmon (absolutely amazing!) and cream cheese and an egg mayo. I would have preferred an actual sandwich if I’m honest, I wasn’t too keen on the sub bread, it didn’t feel very British to me for some reason and they were a lot smaller than other sandwiches I’ve had with previous Afternoon Teas.
I never know whether you’re supposed to go from sandwiches to the cake and then to the scones or from sandwiches to scones to cake. Who knows? Please let me know if you know the correct Afternoon Tea order etiquette! Anyway, we went straight onto the cakes and desserts and there was first, an amazing salted caramel profiterole and then a super gooey brownie, both of which were perfect. There was also a slightly odd Pimms jelly which I wasn’t too keen on, love the idea but not sure if it’s my thing, flavour-wise. Finally, there was a lemon cake which tasted a little bit like washing up liquid if I’m 100% honest so that wasn’t the best.
There were two mini scones served with not nearly enough jam and cream. I know if I’d have asked for more, the staff would have happily obliged but I’d already asked to move tables to a spot that wasn’t so dark and dingy and asked for a fresh plate for my scones so I could snap some photos so I didn’t want them to completely hate me as a customer! I would have definitely preferred a standard sized scone and these were a little bit dry if I’m honest, so not the best scones I’ve ever had. Trust me, I’ve eaten a lot of scones in my time.
The tea was gorgeous, I love loose leaf tea, it just has something special about it! I’m not sure about Brown’s as a setting as it’s quite busy and can get quite loud and there’s a lot of tables so it’s pretty manic, to be honest. In terms of the service, the manager was so helpful once I finally got to speak to her and was really friendly. I didn’t think the service from the rest of the staff was so great, though, the first girl we spoke to didn’t seem to listen to us and we waited a good 10 minutes at a table before someone came to tend to us. It was a really busy Saturday afternoon but, even so, it was quite a long wait. Overall, this was a good Afternoon Tea, not the best one I’ve ever had but it was definitely on the better side of good. I’d give it a strong 7 out of 10!