Festive afternoon tea

I’ve wrapped my presents, bought my Secret Santa, got the tree up and we’ve been listening to Heart Extra Xmas in the car since probably about 8am on the 1st December so I’m definitely feeling festive. A lot of mince pies have been eaten and it’s actually started to snow so Christmas is creeping up on us quite quickly!

But, I’ve not actually had a Christmas lunch or a meal yet as the parties kick off this week so when we were invited for a festive afternoon tea at Nottingham Castle we definitely weren’t going to say no. I honestly didn’t know that you could get afternoon tea at the castle, I’ve only ever been there for a food fair and it’s bigger than I thought. You can literally see for miles from the top and out of the cafe window so it’s actually really calming and chilled. Nottingham looks like a tiny model village and you can see the trams moving around, the Sneinton windmill and all through the Park estate.

Now, onto the stuff that you really want to know about – the food. I’ve had a lot of afternoon teas and I would really put this one up there. I mean, I’ve had some pricey afternoon teas, a lot more expensive than this one (at only £15 per person) and I think this one is fantastic value and was really delicious. You get 4 really sizeable sandwiches – salmon and cream cheese, brie and cucumber (an actual revelation), egg and salad and turkey and cranberry. They were all delicious and I’m definitely going to be making brie and cucumber sandwiches at home – hells yes.

There was also a super cute slice of warm quiche and these crunchy and tasty vegetable crisps which I thought was a really nice touch to the savoury section of the tea. I would honestly have two savoury sections and one sweet if it was up to me but obviously, I know this isn’t how afternoon tea works! I was really pleased to have a few extra savoury snacks on there though, it really added something and I think it’s something a lot of other afternoon tea places could take note of.

Of course, on the beautiful top layer is traditionally your scone. We had a mini scone and a mini mince pie with super generous helpings of jam and cream. I’m usually sceptical of a mini scone because they can be a little bit dry but these were spot on.

On the sweet treat layer was the biggest slab of Christmas cake which was amazing – I love marzipan! There was also a raspberry cheesecake and the most amazing mini Victoria sponge. I’ve got to say that the quality of the food was really good, I was really impressed and I’d definitely go again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to afternoon tea fans everywhere.

Check out the rest of the Christmas at the Castle events including the children’s Christmas trail and Santa in the bastion! Thanks to Nottingham Castle for the complimentary cream tea – it was seriously tasty.

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  1. I’ve also done a festive afternoon tea this month and it was fabulous, so I’ve been hunting out another one, Nottingham Castle sounds like the perfect location to me – and since I’m in the area this weekend I might pop in!

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