With Mother's Day swiftly approaching, you may be wondering how best to spend time with someone special this March. Some say, "Say it with flowers", but we think spending time together is what's best!
So this month our Motability Monthly takes us to the best spots for indulgent afternoon tea throughout the country.
Old Time Afternoon Tea at Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms, Bath
Sometimes simple and honest is best. So a visit to Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms certainly won't disappoint. If you're looking for a traditional afternoon tea experience Bea's truly delivers with their post war period theme. Hidden away in the cobbled streets of Bath City Centre, escape the modern day and step back in time with a taste of Old Time Afternoon Tea. Thanks to dainty china, mismatched tea cups, ceiling lampshades, Bea's vintage tea room is full of charm and has an authentic and homely feel. So you may even feel that you haven't left your Grandma's sitting room.
Flowered tiered cake stands and patterned teapots dress the tables all day every day and offer all the trimmings; a generous selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cake and loose leaf tea. And of course afternoon tea isn't complete without a traditional scone, strawberry jam and clotted cream.
A complimentary menu is also available which offers an inventive mix of both modern day favourites and war time specials, including the popular 'Eggie Soldiers' and 'Grandma's Bubble and Squeak'. Feel serenaded as you tuck into old time delights with songs from the thirties and forties. Not to mention, you'll undoubtedly be tempted by the exceptional Patisserie Counter which entices you with the most delicious looking homemade treats.
Afternoon Tea is served on a daily basis and prices start from £12.95 per person. There is a small step to access the tea room, however it is accessible for disabled users and the staff are willing to assist in any way.
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Slingsby's G&T Afternoon Tea at Rockliffe Hall, County Durham
Is there a Ginthusiast in your life? Hidden within the luxurious five star Rockliffe Hall, the Slingsby's G&T Afternoon Tea is certainly one for the gin lovers. But, be sure you enlist the services of a designated driver for this one! Before diving into a plethora of classic treats, take your pick from a selection of gin cocktails created by the hotel mixology experts, infused with flavours such as Ceylon rosebud tea, orange aromatic bitters or jasmine and pearl tea. Or if you enjoy a tipple but Gin isn't your thing, you can opt for the fancy Rockliffe Champagne Tea.
Enjoy a variety of tea time favourites, followed by a freshly baked scone and indulgent sweets, including dreamy creations like the much loved Battenberg cake and strawberry and vanilla posset. Rockliffe Hall is set admits the beautiful countryside of County Durham, where there is much scenery to be taken in. You can choose how best to enjoy this and pick your perfect dining setting; the light and airy Morning Room or the decadent Dining Room. Also, back through popular demand you now can enjoy afternoon tea in the Orangery; set in the Old Hall this is an elegant and relaxed setting, perfect to unwind and spend time together. If you've got time on your hands, the indulgence doesn't have to stop after you've dined.
Enjoy the venue's 18-hole championship golf course or simply while away the remainder of the afternoon in the tranquil spa with incredible Infinity Edge Experience Pool within the Spa Garden.
Afternoon tea is priced at £37 per person and is served daily between 1-3pm. The hotel is accessible throughout, with guide dogs welcomed.
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Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
Although the classic Ritz might be the first place which springs to mind when considering afternoon tea in the Capital, why not instead make 'A very important date' at the Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon tea in the West End? Paying tribute to the popular Lewis Carrol novel, visit the perfectly located, Sanderson Hotel and indulge in the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea. Expect a truly unique experience; tumble down the rabbit hole and you'll discover a quirky atmosphere which compliments the classic tale with menus hidden inside vintage books, teapots laced with kings and queens and plates decorated with carousels and ticking clocks at every turn.
Sweet toothed visitors will be delighted by the concoctions on offer which include Curious Carrot Meringue, coffee-flavoured Pocket-Watch Macaroons and Red Velvet Ladybird Cake, yet the true treat lies in the tea leaves. Five new teas have been tailor-made to celebrate the novels iconic characters, with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, blue cornflowers and blue mallow flowers. Winner of the 'Best Themed Afternoon Tea' at the 2016 Afternoon Tea Awards, this offers an afternoon full of quirky delights and fictitious fantasy, making it is a 'must-do' visit.
Tea flavours evolve seasonally and the afternoon tea is priced at £48-65 per person. Booking is essential with sittings available Monday to Saturday 1-4pm and Sunday 1-5pm. The venue is also fully accessible for disabled users.
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