Afternoon Tea with a Festive Twist at Bennetts
Last Saturday lunch time, me and the girlies of the family took a trip up Iron Gate to the age old classic, Bennetts for a Christmas Afternoon Tea to celebrate my great auntie Sandra’s birthday.
I’d heard a lot of wonderful things about Lisa Jean and her fabulous idea of High Tea For High Heels but when I heard she had created a Christmas version, I was beyond excited!
When we arrived, we were shown to our table which was adorned with the most delicate floral crockery and were handed tea menus.
I chose to try the Christmas special which proved popular with some of the other ladies on the table too. My mum, nan and her sister chose to try the coffee which was lovely and fresh too!
Part of the food on offer was the fan favourite, scones which was served with mulled wine compote, Cornish clotted cream and Lisa’s own lemon curd (to die for by the way).
After about 20 minutes of catching up and wishing Sandra a happy birthday, our delicacies had arrived.
I had previously read the menu to get an idea of what I could expect and I was not let down!
There were four different tiny finger sandwiches which included: turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, cream cheese, beetroot and cucumber, egg mayonnaise and cress and finally maple glazed ham and Lisa’s own piccalilli.
My personal favourite was the turkey, stuffing and cranberry because you can’t beat it to get you in the festive spirit.
There were also pork and Stilton rolls, Wensleydale and cranberry rolls, parma ham on a sort of pancake thing (all delicious), Crayfish and bloody mary vol au vents which weren’t my thing. The last snack dish was mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and red onion marmalade.
Then it was time to move onto the freshly baked scones which were unbelievable!
The lemon curd was so rich and soft while the compote was tart and had smashed cranberries a plenty.
The final desserts were a mulled wine jelly and a Bailey’s creme brulee.
The jelly was not to my taste but it was certainly spiced with tiny cubes of ginger embedded on the surface.
Now the creme brulee.. Everyone around the table agreed that these were the highlight; crisp on top, soft in the middle and lightly doused with the Bailey’s – they were perfectly moreish.
At this point, I was pretty full and needed a good nap! But of course, being our family, we had to take a few photos.
Here’s a cute one of me, my sister Khloe (on the right) and my cousin Ellie (in the middle).
I had such a wonderful afternoon celebrating and really getting into the Christmas spirit – I’m like an elf, I get that excited about Christmas!
The afternoon tea also comes with gluten free options and they have a specially crafted children’s menu with nutella sandwiches and even homemade milkshakes!
The Christmas afternoon tea prices for £17.95 per adult and £8.75 per child.
There are also a selection of festive – themed drinks like mulled wine and a Christmas Pimm’s concoction.
One of the lovely Christmas trees in Bennetts.
Lisa Jean has put together such a great menu and you can tell it has been very well thought out.
I’m definitely thinking about going back in the new year to try the High Tea for High Heels with Jess.
Thanks for reading. Have you tried Lisa Jean’s afternoon tea? What did you think?