Tea for Two
PUBLISHED: 22:06 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:06 24 April 2013
Take some time out to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea somewhere special in Dorset
Who wouldn’t relish the chance to nibble on delicate sandwiches, slather warm scones with lashing of homemade jam and clotted cream and browse a selection of bite-size feather- light cakes served on a tiered stand?
Afternoon tea is a great option for entertaining older friends and family members who are not keen on a heavy lunch or eating late at night, make the occasion extra special by dressing up. It’s also a treat that children will adore.
When it comes to spectacular views the Hotel Miramar at East Cliff has a tea room with the most stupendous vistas. If you want to really push the boat out plump for their Champagne Tea by the Sea or for a taste of summer their Wimbledon Tea comes with a Pimm’s.
Also on East Cliff is Langtry Manor, built in 1877 by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry. This is a delightfully elegant backdrop for a traditional afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and freshly made scones and cakes including Dorset apple and lemon drizzle.
The Norfolk Royale on Richmond Hill has given the traditional afternoon tea an additional twist or two. Their scrumptious ‘Chocolate Afternoon Tea’ features white and dark chocolate scones, chocolate brownies, chocolate-dipped seasonal fruit and chocolate chilli tarts.
Their Savoury Afternoon Tea boasts Dorset Blue Vinny scones, and savoury crostinis followed by a sharp lemon tart. For pure decadence, indulge in a ‘Savoury Martini Afternoon Tea’. Both Chocolate and Savoury Afternoon Teas must be ordered 24 hours in advance.
The Green House Hotel in Grove Road, which recently won the AA award for Best Eco Hotel, has an afternoon tea which features artisan-style sandwiches using unusual breads baked on the premises - such as apple and cider or curry bread; this is followed by sweet items such as beetroot fudge brownie, homemade scones of chocolate chip and buttermilk and a tea cup of parfait or pannacotta. You can even have a cocktail alongside your tea such as a Raspberry Blush Geranium.
The Cumberland Hotel on Overcliff Drive is a delightful Art Deco hotel on Bournemouth seafront. Alongside its traditional afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, raisin and cinnamon scones and French pastries, it offers the Cumberland Hendrik’s afternoon tea featuring a Hendrick’s Tea Cocktail of Earl Grey tea, Hendrick’s gin, lemon peel and elderflower syrup.
For an afternoon tea by the sea the Sandbanks Hotel offers freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves either in one of their lovely lounges or, if the weather is nice, take your tea on the terrace with its wonderful panoramic views of Poole Harbour.