Welcome to our blog....here we will share all our afternoon tea adventures with you...the good, the bad and the wonderful!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Time for.....a special Children's Afternoon tea at The Langham

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends.....today we are featuring an afternoon tea adventure especially designed for the smaller members of the family....  the Langham's Children's Afternoon Tea which features a Hamley's teddy bear for each young diner!

Created by the tea-riffic Cherish Finden, Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham, together with Chris King, Executive Chef of The Langham, the Afternoon Tea is fun and colourful and sure to make young diners smile....

Children's Afternoon Tea -The Langham

The afternoon tea, which is designed especially for children aged 12 years and under, includes a choice of children’s tea, hot chocolate, smoothies or fresh fruit juice accompanied by jigsaw sandwiches.

Then comes the cakes and pastries, which I am particularly jealous of....
Carousel Cup Cake Swirl
Cookie Monster Macaron
Maltesers Chocolate Mousse
Langham Cold Chocolate

Children's Afternoon Tea -The Langham

Just look at that cute Cookie Monster!

For more inforamtion about this afternoon tea adventure and how to book visit the Palm Court website.

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel and Lorna

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Time for Tea .....The Tea Shop Around the Corner, Farnborough

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends!

Recently a lovely lady on Twitter recommended that I visit The Tea Shop Around the Corner in Farnborough for a spot of tea and cake. Since I'm based in Farnham, a short drive away I decided I should definitely make the trip.

The Tea Shop Around The Corner, Farnborough

It was a Wednesday lunchtime when I popped by, and I was surprised at how busy it was on a weekday. The tea shop is fairly modern, with wooden chairs and tables. But vintage china is used to serve the cakes etc. Food is ordered at the main counter and once ready the waitresses bring it over to you.

The tea shop has a good menu, including lots of breakfast items and sandwiches, as well as a counter full of cakes and scones! As I had not booked in advance I couldn't enjoy the full afternoon tea experience....so I opted for a cream tea and a piece of rocky road cake.....

Cream tea - Tea Shop Around The Corner, Farnborough

The scone was huge, but it was served cold. However, it was well baked and tasty, it was served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The rocky road was amazing - a huge slab of cake! It was gooey and crunchy all at the same time and full of treats like marshmallow, cherries and biscuits. The pot of tea gave me about three cups of tea.

Afternoon tea scone - Tea Shop Around The Corner, Farnborough

Rocky Road Cake - Tea Shop Around The Corner, Farnborough

This feast cost me under £7.00, which I thought was great value as everything was fresh and tasty. The service was also fast and friendly, even when the tea shop got quite busy.

Cream tea & Cake - Tea Shop Around The Corner, Farnborough

 I'd definitely like to pop back and try their full afternoon tea feast which costs £14.95 per person and includes all the traditional items. For more about The Tea Shop Around the Corner visit their Facebook page.

Have you got a favourite local tea room? Why not tell us all about it!

Thanks for popping by today,

Friday, 12 August 2016

The Friday Review - Grey's Teas Part 3 - The Assam edition

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends - we hope you're enjoying Afternoon Tea Week 2016!

Today we bring you our third and final look at Grey's Teas, this time focusing on a selection of Assam Teas.

Let's start by taking a look at Assam Dikom....

Grey's Teas - Assam Dikom

The Dikom tea garden is based in the south-east of the Assam region in India’s north east, Dikom is considered one of Assam’s best tea estates. The tea produced is a bold, no nonsense traditional tea.

When brewed for five minutes you have a beautiful rich coloured tea with a bright, slightly malty flavour. A well rounded cuppa.....

Grey's Teas- Assam Dikom

Next we have the Assam Harmutty Second Flush.....

Grey's Teas - Assam Harmutty Second Flush

The Harmutty garden was established in 1870 and located in the Brahmaputra valley. The tea is usually picked in May, and has a wonderfully inviting aromatic aroma. 

A nice tea fact for you - this is a clonal tea....which means that the tea bushes which these leaves are picked from are cloned from the root-stock of the original tea plants native to Assam! 

This tea should be brewed for about four minutes and can be drunk with or without milk....we opted for without milk....

Grey's Teas - Assam Harmutty Second Flush

This tea when brewed is a lovely dark amber colour.

This is a lovely bold and rich tea with a slightly malty flavour. 

Finally we have the Assam Tonganagaon 2nd Flush....which also happens to be my favourite of the three....

Grey's Teas - Assam Tonganagaon 2nd Flush

This tea is produced by a small garden, from the Tinsukia district of Assam, in limited quantities, 

The tea is a golden amber colour when brewed for four minutes....

Grey's Teas - Assam Tonganagaon 2nd Flush

This tea has a bold flavour, which is malty but also slightly spicy...and its this delicious warmth that I love about it. A great cup of tea to start the day off with!

We hope you've enjoyed our look at Grey's Teas -there are plenty more teas to see over on the Grey's Teas website. We'd like to thank Grey's Teas for sending us the tea samples to try - please remember this hasn't affected our taste buds and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Thank you for popping by today,

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Afternoon Tea News - The Blackpool Tower Ballroom Afternoon Tea

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends - today we're back with a little afternoon tea news for you......

The Blackpool Tower has launched a beautiful summer afternoon tea in the sophisticated setting of its famous Ballroom. Home to the stars’ favourite spectacular dance floor and dating back to 1894, the Ballroom features spectacular architecture. Its elegant charm makes it the perfect location for a very British afternoon tea......

Afternoon Tea - Blackpool Tower Ballroom

The tea-riffic menu features a vari-tea of sandwiches on malted and wheat grain bread, including salmon flakes with cucumber and cream cheese, and chopped egg mayonnaise with sliced egg and salad cress.

Next comes the fresh fruit scone with Clotted Cream and strawberry preserve, followed by a selection of delicious fruit tartlets and dainty cakes. Enjoy with with a hot coffee or Twining’s fruit or breakfast tea.

Take a step back in time and watch the dancers gliding across the dancefloor during your tea, or try out your own Latin and Ballroom moves.

To find out more about this afternoon tea visit the Blackpool Tower website where you can also book online .

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Monday, 8 August 2016

It's Afternoon Tea Week!

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends, we're a bit excited today because it's the beginning of Afternoon Tea Week 2016! 

Afternoon Tea Week runs from 8th - 14th August this year and is a celebration of one of the nation’s favourite traditions. Whether enjoyed in a 5-star hotel, in a local tearoom, or as a home baked treat we know how much everyone loves a spot of afternoon tea and this week is the perfect opportunity to indulge! Pop by the Afternoon Tea Week website to see all the special events, exclusive offers, and competitions.

Some of the offers you can enjoy this week include 2 for 1 Champagne Afternoon Tea at Amba Hotel Marble Arch, 25% off Afternoon Tea in Oblix Lounge at The Shard, 25% off Birdcage Afternoon Tea at The Park Lane Hotel and 25% Afternoon Tea in Mirror Room at Rosewood London to name just a few!

In addition to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week Buyagift.com are offering Tea With Me and Friends readers an exclusive discount of 20% off all afternoon teas on the Buyagift.com website from 8th- 14th August, off some already discounted prices, simply enter AFTERNOONTEAPR at the checkout!

If you enjoy an afternoon tea adventure this week we'd love to hear all about it - leave us a comment or send us a Tweet!

Thanks for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna