Afternoon tea is a tried and tested favourite, at least in the Spabreaks.com offices (are you with us?). So when someone comes up with their own way of doing it, we simply have to try it out. Product Manager, Sarah Hill visited Brandshatch Place in Kent to discover their twist on a classic…
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed at the reception to check in and be taken to the atrium to fill in our consultation forms for our treatments and given our timings and plan for the day. I know most people look forward to their spa treatments the most, and don’t get me wrong, they were awesome, but on this occasion, afternoon tea was my main priority, and with good reason.
After checking out the pool and paddling about for a few lengths followed by a spell in the sauna and steam room 3pm finally arrived it was off to the lounge where a quirky slate frame with our names on heralded our reserved table. Next came the friendly waitress with an extensive tea menu of teas alongside a little history of tea which made for a really interesting read and a nice introduction to what was coming up!
After we had chosen our tea we were presented with dinky little teapots holding loose tea, a leaver to pull when the brewing was done, and a timer that highlighted the amount of time we needed to leave to create the perfect brew! I was pedantic about leaving it to the second and the result was, I am happy to report, a perfect cuppa.
Next came my favourite part of it all; the selection of homemade cakes which included chocolate brownies, pink meringues, scones with cream and jam and a lovely selection of finger sandwiches. We tucked in and there wasn’t a crumb in sight by the end. Despite being full to bursting we could have so eaten it all over again it was that delicious.
– Remember to take an additional swimming costume to change for afternoon tea – although it is an all day robe affair you don’t want your afternoon tea ruined by being uncomfortable in a wet costume.
– Afternoon Tea is from 3-5pm but if that’s too late for you then why not swap it for elevenses – conveniently, we have a spa package just for that!
– The perfect option for a giggly, girly hen party… just a thought.
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