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March 06, 2016
Myself and family went to Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex, to sample their delicious Afternoon Tea menu, whilst enjoying the sensational views of the surrounding picturesque hotel grounds. The Palladian style mansion, built in 1722, gives host to a quintessential British afternoon tea, with a strong focus on the quality of food.
Tea is served in The Coat of Arms Lounge and Crystal Bar, which is as decadent as it sounds, comfortable leather arm chairs and sofas are positioned under a sparkling crystal chandelier. As we were seated a collection of teas to choose from lay on the table, the idea was to smell all the individual tea samples before choosing. Among them were Traditional English Breakfast, Lady Grey, Assam, Green, Rose and Fig, De-cafe and Peppermint, you could also choose from a range of coffees or Hot Chocolates.
The ever changing English Afternoon Tea menu at Buxted consists of an array of classic finger sandwiches, with enough fillings to satisfy everyone’s taste buds – beef and horseradish, ham and mustard, egg and mayo and my personal favorite cream cheese and smoked salmon.
On the Second tier were warm plain and fruit scones and the condiments made all the difference. Whipped butter, homemade strawberry jam, clotted cream and wonderfully velvet passion fruit curd made the already lovely soft scones even better. After finishing the sandwiches and scones the third tier consisted of sweet indulgences, dark chocolate tart, carrot cake, chocolate brownies and strawberries.
Personally I believe people are becoming more health conscious and aware of the consequences certain foods have on their bodies. I am certainly aware of what I eat and my only weakness unfortunately is cakes. Free from is an up and coming trend and I think it is very important for the food industry to cater to these requirements. When I booked at Buxted Park I chose to have 2 Gluten Free afternoon teas and 2 normal. I was very surprised at the quality and effort put into the Gluten free selection. The bread was very fresh and delicious, the scones were a little denser, however that is to be expected, but tasted lovely and the sweet treats were nearly identical to the normal version. Over all I was very impressed by the level of the food and service.
Buxted Park serves afternoon tea every day from 2pm – 5pm from £19.95 per person.
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