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Afternoon Tea Reviews

July 18, 2012


The Victoria Hotel, The Esplanade Sidmouth

Afternoon Tea at the Victoria is a delight.  Walking through the traditionally styled lobby to the sun lounge opens up a spectacular sea view of Sidmouth bay.  There is a varied selection on the afternoon menu from a simple toasted teacake to the wonderful Victoria Afternoon Tea.  As you would hope this is served on a tiered stand and a trolley is brought for you to make your choice of patisserie  (in addition to the lovely sandwiches and scones).  The staff are well trained and efficient.  We have been when a wedding was taking place and although obviously busy they coped admirably.  A choice of teas is offered and additional hot water or milk is not a problem.  We would have to give this a 5/5.

Marks and Spencer, Handforth Dean

OK – so this isn’t going to be on the level of some of the places to have afternoon tea – we are often waiting for ages just for a coffee at Handforth Dean.  On the occasion recently when we were there with my son and daughter in law we opted for the afternoon tea.  At just £10 for two we were well looked after by a member of staff who told us to just get our teas and while doing that she happily gathered the tiered stands etc and by the time I sat down with the tea the finger sandwiches and scones, cream and jam were at the sofas my hubby had nabbed in the busy cafe.  We could probably have done with some additional hot water – and I’m sure they would have obliged – but actually we sat there for quite a while putting the world to rights so opted to have additional lattes sometime later.

The Georgian Tea Room, Topsham, Devon

Clocktower Cafe, Sidmouth

The Alexandria Hotel, Lyme Regis

The Bedford Hotel

47 King Street West


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