This weekend was spent in my second hometown, Bournemouth. I had made plans to see the girls I kept in touch with who suggested afternoon tea, and I can never ever say no to afternoon tea!
We booked the Captains Club based in Christchurch, away from the hussle and bussle of the centre. The setting was pleasent with lovely views overlooking the the river. The hotel itself was very chic, contemporary and clean. Upon arrival our host greeted us with a smile and promptly seated us at our table in the club lounge area. A particular treat was the live band playing in the background!
After choosing our teas, I had cranberry and apple, we waited for the food to arrive. Had I not been driving I would have definitely opted for the champagne tea. The tea is a very reasonable price (£15 per person!) and consisted of the following menu:
- Selection of finger sandwiches including honey roast ham, smoked salmon & cream cheese, egg, watercress & mayonnaise, chicken & mayo and brie & chutney
- Freshly baked vanilla & raisin scones, clotted cream & strawberry preserve
- Selection of homemade cakes & pastries including fresh fruit tart, chocolate ganache sponge,white chocolate raspberry macaroon, blackcurrant bakewell
Once the food had arrived, it was of course obligatory for us to take the classic foodie pic before diving in. I feel I made the mistake of eating most of the sandwiches and scones before any of the sweeter treats, feeling the food coma a little too early on!
The only downfall was the service once the food had been served. We did not see our waitress for the remaining time we were there and had to go up and ask the hosts desk for our bill and our table to be cleared.
Overall, the afternoon tea offering is very good. The food is devine, the hotel is beautiful and the price is reasonable. It was perfect for a good old and long overdue catch up!