“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James
That’s how The Dormy House Hotel sums up their afternoon experience and yes, I can concur… THIS WAS an hour or so of bliss in exquisite surroundings, being waited on hand and foot and served such delights as I have never tasted….or in other words..basically bloody great !!
Upon arrival we were seated in the delightfully airy dining room, The Garden room as its known and our helpful waitress explained the options available for drinks and how our afternoon tea would proceed! That sounds bit formal but it was all very relaxed
Rudy had his own high chair with baby books for him to look at and if he’d been a little older some colouring pencils and pad had been provided, a nice touch I thought and he seemed very contented.
I ordered a better than best Iced Tea, not something I would usually choose, but so fabulous. When the long Lychee, Rose and Vanilla Black tea arrived at first sip I thought it was a cocktail and then I ordered another having established that it wasn’t and I could actually drive home safely!
I was tempted by a glass of the house fizz of course which is available at an additional cost but decided that with baby in tow I had better skip it this time, there’s always next time though.
We did however choose one cocktail to sample, the Lavender Field, a perfectly mixed concoction of local Cotswold Gin with Lavender syrup fresh Lavender sprinkles which was amazing… BUT approach with caution, you wouldn’t get far after one of these…I had to settle at a sip !!
When our Tea Tower arrived my Mother and I exchanged glances, how would we eat it all?!
Finger sandwiches were served on the bottom tier; Organic Egg mayonnaise, English Cucumber, with a Ham & Mustard wrap. A Smoked Salmon pin wheel and sun-dried and Leek Quiche.
On the decadent tiers above the cakes included; a Chocolate Creameaux cone, a bright yellow Mimosa macaroon, as well as a delectable Strawberry Mousse Dome which literally melted in the mouth, and my favourite, an exquisite mini lemon meringue.
And finally we demolished the scones, both plain and fruit, 2 each… melt in the mouth and the very, VERY best scones I have ever eaten.
Afternoon tea at The Dormy House Hotel is available between 2pm and 4pm, Monday to Saturday in the Garden Room restaurant and features a classic spread of freshly made sandwiches (including cucumber, naturally), quiche, beautifully crafted cakes and scones slathered in cream and jam.
All washed down with a selection of fine teas sourced from China, India, Morocco and Sri Lanka – and, should you be in the mood, a glass of champagne or a cocktail.
All for as little as £22.50 per person
You can also jazz up your platter with hearty home-made treats such as sausage rolls or Welsh rarebit, (above) or add a luxury touch with smoked salmon and caviar.
We ordered the sausage roll but by the time we had devoured the contents of the Tea Tower and when it arrived we couldn’t eat another crumb. It didn’t go to waste though as I took it home for Daddy Daycare and it went in 60 seconds flat!
After tea, Rudy and I posed in the Pergola and Granny walked him around the Garden – it is a lovely setting, peaceful and such a pretty setting for a summer’s afternoon. We felt very welcome and able to walk around the grounds with a baby in tow, he was happy and we were full!
Looking out onto the stunning vista of the immaculately kept lawn and gardens what better way to spend an afternoon in the Cotswolds with your cuter than cute baby boy and your Mother!
It was all in all a delightful afternoon. Hats off the Pastry Chef Marius, he really knows how to WOW with this afternoon tea.
Check out the full menu here including tea choices and to reserve your table book online or call: 01386 852711
Enjoy, I KNOW you will!