You don’t always have afternoon tea and feel the urge to blog about it, or write an entire post about it. I have been to quite a few in my time, in London, Brighton, Surrey and Stratford Upon Avon. For those who aren’t sure what is included in your standard afternoon tea you usually get: cakes, sandwiches, scones and a choice of different teas. My aunty treated me to afternoon tea at Coworth Park in Ascot, Berkshire recently to celebrate my birthday. It really was a class above the rest.
First of all, we drove through the grounds thinking bloomin heck is this place a bit posh. We were early so we took the opportunity to stroll around the grounds, which consisted of acres of land, a lake, tennis courts and landscaped gardens.
Staff greet you before you even walk inside, and once through the doors, you receive a warm welcome. It was so beautiful inside I was worried it might turn out to be a bit too high brow for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although it’s clearly a very classy establishment, I never felt out of place and the staff made us feel completely at home.
You walk through the afternoon tea room to be seated, where there is a pianist playing, obviously. Coz we all need some gently music playing in the background whilst sipping our Earl Grey. It wasn’t too loud, we could still hear ourselves speak.
As we had a late afternoon tea, in the evening they also had a gentleman singing whilst playing the piano, and it created a really peaceful and romantic atmosphere. I would definitely recommend going there for dinner.
Anyway, back to the afternoon tea. We started with a cheeky glass of champers, because in a place like Coworth Park, it’s kind of mandatory. You get to choose from all sorts of different teas, and although I wanted to be adventurous, I stuck with my beloved peppermint tea. Plus I find it’s quite refreshing when you are eating quite a lot of food. For those of you who don’t eat gluten, they do a gluten free option, which is what I had. Although I was obviously jealous of the red velvet cake my boyfriend and aunty enjoyed.
The sandwiches were tasty and filled with premium ingredients. We also had scones, which is a personal favourite of mine. It was all very delicious but that wasn’t the real selling point of Coworth Park. For me it was the atmosphere, setting and service that made it such a wonderful experience.
Our waiter was very informative and helpful, and catered to our every need. We ended up staying about three hours, but I could happily have stayed longer. I would love to spend a night at this lavish hotel, but sadly it’s a tad outside my budget.
If you are in Berkshire, I recommend you treat yourself to an indulgent (and surprisingly affordable) afternoon tea at Coworth Park.