The other weekend i met up with the lovely Emily from one of my favourite food blogs Recipes and Reviews. We’d been planning to get together for coffee for a while but with busy schedules it just hadn’t happened, so when i was invited to the Hilton Garden in Brindleyplace for Afternoon Tea it was the perfect opportunity to finally meet over a slice of cake and a cheeky glass of bubbles!
Located inside the Hilton Garden Hotel set in the bustling area of Brindleyplace we were shown to a cosy booth in the Hilton’s glass-fronted restaurant with the Sunday afternoon sunshine beaming in all around. We had the restaurant nearly to ourselves aside from another group of girlies enjoying their scones and we sat down to choose our tea before the cake demolishing began! Earl Grey being the leaf of choice our friendly server brought over a giagantic teapot for two followed by our tower of food – let us eat cake!
I’m not ashamed to say that i’ve eaten a lot of afternoon teas in my time (it’s one of my favourite meals!) and this one was pretty darn good. With a selection of good sized perfectly cut sandwiches, two scones each and some adorable mini cakes it was a big eat…but we were up to the challenge.
On the top shelf, the sandwiches: Egg Mayonnaise and Watercress, Smoked Scottish Salmon, Cucumber Cream Cheese and Chive and Honey Roasted Ham and Tomato Chutney. All the sandwiches were fresh, well filled and quite simply delicious – traditional and very tasty indeed.
Sadly we only managed one scone each (is two a bit excessive?!) but there was a selection of fruit or plain with good quality clotted cream and strawberry jam to spread on top in good measure. You can’t beat a good scone and these were great – i thoroughly enjoyed mine which went down ever so nicely with our tea which we refilled a number of times without hassle.
On the cake plate there were mini Carrot Cakes (my favey!), Dark Chocolate Tarts, mini Victoria Sponges and a Macaroon. In the name of research i made sure to try each one even though i wasn’t able to finish them all and they were moist, sweet and very well made. I enjoyed the addition of the dark chocolate torte as something a little different in the afternoon tea game and the mini carrot cakes were just divine. We enjoyed a glass of Prosecco with our cakes which helped finish the afternoon off perfectly.
All in all the Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Garden in Brindleyplace isn’t going to win any awards for creativity, but it’s an enjoyable and traditional selection that we thoroughly enjoyed. Afternoon Tea at the Hilton costs £15.95 per person* with an extra £7.50 for your glass of Prosecco which isn’t the cheapest for a traditional spread but you certainly won’t go hungry with this one!
Book in for Afternoon Tea with your girls on the Hilton Garden Brindleyplace website here.