Afternoon tea at Summer Lodge in Evershot: What makes it special
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 July 2017
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Evershot is famous for its sumptuous afternoon teas. Head Chef, Steve Titman tells us the secret to making it special
The quintessential English summer afternoon tea needs a selection of dainty crustless finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, fruit tartlets, delicate pastries and cakes. For our Afternoon Tea at Summer Lodge we don’t tamper with tradition: guests prefer sandwiches such as smoked salmon on brown bread with a dusting of black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice; grated Somerset cheddar with tomato; hard boiled egg and Dorset cress - and of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches.
When it comes to the cake aspect, the options are endless. We offer a selection of ‘mini puddings’ including choux buns, meringues, éclairs, fresh fruit tartlets, macaroons, sponges and fruit cakes. Scones must be freshly baked, and feather-light, top with lashings of Dorset clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam – in whichever order you like!
Summer provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little luxury, enjoy a glass of chilled Champagne or a dressed Pimm’s with your afternoon tea. It’s also a chance to try some different teas from around the world. We find the most popular ones include the classic Earl Grey, Darjeeling from the foothills of the Himalayas, Rooibos from the North Western Cape of South Africa, Assam from India and Lapsang Souchong from China’s Fujian province, noted for its distinctive smokiness. Use leaf tea if you can, it’s always worth the effort. Allow a few minutes to let it draw in the pot, then pour through a tea strainer and offer your guests milk or lemon.
Finally consider the setting. Whether in the garden or indoors, this is the special occasion to get out your rarely used china and silver. Use a nice crisp tablecloth and linen napkins, and then enjoy a magical afternoon of sharing and indulgence.
Monday to Friday 3- 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 4pm - 5:30pm. Full Traditional Afternoon Tea £29, Dorset Cream Tea £15 per person. You can book online at summerlodgehotel.co.uk or call 01935 482000.
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