Afternoon Tea Chilston Park Hotel
Rather than the typical flowers, chocolates and toiletry gift sets, this year hubby and I decided to take our mums out for afternoon tea for their Mother’s Day presents. We didn’t go on Mother’s Day itself as other plans had been arranged (plus everywhere gets busy on Mothering Sunday) so we booked up for a few weeks later.
Our venue of choice was Chilston Park Hotel in Lenham, Kent – a classic British country house hotel set on 22 acres of parkland – fancy!
When we entered the hotel, there were quite a few other people enjoying afternoon teas but it didn’t feel particularly crowded. There was definitely a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere about the place. The decor was very English country house style too, with its large windows and grand staircase.
We were seated in the light and airy dining room and were promptly asked what we would like to drink. Although there was a decent selection of teas available (and I do like a peppermint tea) we all decided to opt for the English Breakfast tea and I had to agree that it would be a better accompaniment with sandwiches and cakes.
There are several different afternoon tea options available but we chose the traditional tea which was a reasonable £21 each. We were served a selection of finger sandwiches – ham & mustard, egg, salmon and cream cheese & cucumber. Plus two scones each with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Followed by some mini desserts.
The desserts were (from L-R) a lemon posset topped with marinated berries, carrot cake, macaroon, dark chocolate ganache and fresh fruit tartlet. All beautifully presented.
We managed to devour everything but our second scones, they were pretty big and our tummies were full! So we asked the waitress if we could have our scones in a takeaway box to enjoy later.
All in all, our mums enjoyed their afternoon and are now wondering when we can go back!