In Cheshire,Food&Drink,Chester

It's #AfternoonTeaWeek and there's lots of cake and experiences to choose from traditional handmade pastries at Davenports to five star Afternoon Teas to those with a splash of 'Odd' at Oddfellows and at Mad Hatters Tea Room, this is your top guide to experiencing an Afternoon Tea you’ll never forget in Chester and Cheshire.

For the Traditional at Heart, try;

Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa | Chester Ciro’s Brasserie coffee bar at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, near Chester serve an indulgent taste of summer, and delicious seasonal spin on an Afternoon Tea. The quaint coffee bar overlooks a picturesque courtyard where you can sit ‘al fresco’, so whether indoors or out, treat yourself to an afternoon tea you’ll never forget.

This summer you can enjoy a special offer Afternoon Tea with Pimms or Rosé for £19.95 per person, which includes; a glass of Pimms or Rosé wine, selection of finger sandwiches, homemade lemon & thyme and sultana scones served with clotted cream and fruit preserves; an assortment of sweet treats, rosewater macaroons, and milk chocolate and marshmallow cakes. Enjoyed with selection of teas or coffee.

Afternoon Tea is served Monday to Saturday 11am - 5pm. It is recommended to book in advance for Afternoon Tea. To enquire or make a reservation call or email Ciro’s Brasserie | 01244 570560 or enquiries@grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk

Mottram Hall | Macclesfield There’s nowhere quite like it in Cheshire. Mottram Hall – formally De Vere – takes its rightful place as Cheshire's finest golf and leisure resort. Relax and enjoy a celebration of Afternoon Tea and it’s theatre, accompanied by delicate, charming treats of sandwiches, pastries and cakes! Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Library or Garden Room throughout the week from 12pm to 4pm. Booking is advisable. Please note Afternoon Tea bookings will be placed in the Carrington Grill Restaurant if Library or Garden Rooms are not available. Book | www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/mottram-hall/food-and-drink/

The Queen Hotel | Chester Wherever you go in the Queen Hotel, Chester, you will find wonderful areas to relax and unwind. Enjoy afternoon tea in the magnificently restored Albert Lounge and sink into a wonderfully deep chair and relax by the fire. The Albert Lounge at the Queen Hotel is famous for the delightful afternoon tea which has been served for over 150 years. Angela Parkin lounge hostess will talk you through all the traditions of afternoon tea and help you to choose a tea to suit your mood. The Queen’s scones are not to be missed! Call or email to book either a Traditional, Champagne or Gentleman’s afternoon tea | 01244 305 000 or queenhotel@feathers.uk.com

The Mere | Knutsford Jam and a big dollop of clotted cream, or cream seeping into a warm scone with jam on top – there’s been much debate on right way to indulge in a scone! The Mere encourages you to enjoy your Afternoon Tea in whichever way suits you best. Have your scones before your sandwiches, and (quietly) slurp your tea. When you’re at The Mere, you can make yourself at home. The Mere serves Afternoon Tea from 12pm to 5pm every day in Browns and the Lobby Lounge. To book visit | www.themereresort.co.uk/special-offers/afternoon-tea/

For a Savoury Alternative, it has to be;

TWENTY2 | Chester Housed within the same Georgian building as Edgar House, Twenty2 is a dining experience, combining beautiful food and service, with beautiful surroundings. A Savoury Afternoon Tea includes a mini homemade pork pie, scotch egg, mini sausage roll, Tempura Fish and Chips, proper mushy Peas, tartar Sauce, Chef’s sandwich selection, Battenberg, and a choice of hand-blended loose leaf tea. The Savoury option served Tuesday to Fridays 2:30pm – 4:30pm in the Riverside Garden or Dining Room for £19.75 per person. Even better, for every Afternoon Tea £2 is donated to the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. So far Twenty2 has raised over £6,000! Find out more by visiting | www.edgarhouse.com/edgars-riverside-eating

For the Ultimate in Luxury, book;

The Chester Grosvenor | Chester Served daily at The Chester Grosvenor since 1882, the tradition of 'taking tea' has been enjoyed by many since its launch and is long established as being the finest afternoon tea in Chester. A Traditional Grosvenor Afternoon Tea for £32 per person includes sweet creations made by award winning chefs, served along side a selection of finger sandwiches, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve and freshly brewed tea or coffee. The Indulgent Champagne Afternoon Tea includes a chilled glass of champagne with strawberries and clotted cream for £45 per person. Afternoon tea is served from 12pm to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday and 12pm to 4pm Friday to Sunday. Please note that advance booking is highly recommended | www.chestergrosvenor.com/afternoon-tea-cheshire

Crewe Hall | Crewe Relax in the Sheridan Lounge and enjoy Crewe Hall’s famous Afternoon Tea. The Sheridan Lounge in the old hall was once Lord Crewe’s dining room where he entertained King George V and Queen Mary during their visit in 1913, amongst notable guests. Afternoon Tea is served throughout the week from 12pm to 4:45pm, and booking is advisable by visiting | www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/crewe-hall/food-drink/

For something different, go for;

2010 Brasserie at Peckforton Castle | Tarporley Dine like royalty at the Grade 1 castle built on the top of Peckforton Hills in the cosmopolitan 2010 Brasserie, located in the former scullery of the Castle, showcases many of the amazing features of the original kitchen. French pastries, fancies and sandwiches are on offer alongside a pot of tea of your choice. Treat yourself to a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne or 50ml measure of Bombay Gin and Tonic with strawberry and champagne custard tartlet, to make your afternoon tea a truly indulgent affair for £22.95 per person. Afternoon Tea is served between 1pm and 5pm. To book visit | www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk/restaurants-2010-brasserie

Oddfellows | Chester With natty interiors and a huge helping of humour and fun, Oddfellows presents the ultimate afternoon tea with a splash of 'Odd'. Freshly prepared finger sandwiches are served using flavours of the season, including the classic scones, jam, and clotted cream. Enjoy the chef’s selection of treats, inspired cakes and tarts with tea or coffee. Afternoon Tea with a twist is served from 12-5pm at £17.50 per person, and you can add an extra bit of nostalgia with a vintage inspired cocktail or glass of bubbles for £7. To book visit | www.oddfellowschester.com/eat-drink/dining/afternoon-tea

For those seeking a ‘Wonderland’ experience, pick;

Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery | Chester A multi-award winning establishment stunningly located at the historic and unique building of The Rectory on Bridge Street Row, within the city walls of Chester. With subtle English Tearoom eccentricity and a touch of ‘Wonderland’, visit Mad Hatters to enjoy a Mad Hatters’ specialty Afternoon Tea. Opt for Alice’s Afternoon Tea for £15 per person, which includes a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, a scone with butter, clotted cream and preserve, as well as your choice of cake from a daily selection, all topped off with special petit fours and served with a small leaf garnish and salted popcorn. If you’d prefer a little luxury, the Red Queen’s Afternoon Tea for £20 per person includes a glass of bubbly. A perfect way to simply indulge! Afternoon Tea’s are unavailable on a Saturday unless booked in advance. Reservations can be made over the phone | 01244 323444.

Davenports Tea Rooms | Northwich Step into the curious world of Alice in Wonderland. Davenports private dining room is adorned with upside down Alice in Wonderland themed display on the ceiling with characters from the book; Alice, the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts at the very least! Gaze at the collectables, chess sets and playing cards that adorn the tables of this quirky tea room as you pick from an extensive menu of Afternoon Tea options to choose from. The Afternoon Tea is a multi-award winning here, and the popular Mad Hatter's Tea Parties are a speciality - considered to be the best Afternoon Tea in Cheshire. Enjoy delicious home and locally made Alice in Wonderland inspired cakes. Davenports serve a choice of delicate sandwiches, a selection of locally made homemade delicious cakes and scones. Available from 1pm-3pm full Afternoon Teas should be booked at least 24hrs in advance by visiting | www.davenportsfarmshop.co.uk/tea-rooms

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