6 January 2014

Afternoon Tea at Holdsworth House

Since I came up with the idea for my 2014 tea project, I've been very eager to get started as I'm sure you can imagine! Various options were considered for the jumping off point but for various reasons (mainly it being the closest), Holdsworth House Hotel became the venue for my first afternoon tea of the year.

It was certainly not a bad place to start!

Afternoon tea in yorkshire

Drinks wise, we weren't offered anything beyond the basic 'tea' or 'coffee', but since I'm always happy with a straight up regular old tea I didn't actually ask if there were other varieties available. What was provided was tasty and hot and promptly refreshed when needed.

Holdsworth House afternoon tea

The selection of finger sandwiches that came as part of the Afternoon Tea were Roast Beef and Horseradish, Ham and Mustard, Cheese and Pickle, and Salmon and Cucumber. It's a shame that salmon always seems to be a given in this type of situation as I'm really not keen, but left those to my salmon-eating tea buddy and tucked into the rest. The bread was very soft and fresh, fillings tasty and little crusts-cut-off sandwiches altogether very lovely. Plus my tea-guest didn't eat any but the salmon so I got to eat all the rest, hurray!

Holdsworth House afternoon tea cakes

But, the sandwiches are always really going to be the least interesting part of a set-up like this and I was very happy to move onto the gorgeous little cake selection! Inside the teeny little sup is what I was told was Vanilla Crème... though it tasted very lemony to be! Either way, it was completely delicious, as was the little Chestnut Cheesecake. I was slightly less sold on the Mandarin Chocolate - a bit like a fancy Jaffa Cake - but that does get extra points for being sparkly!

holdsworth house scones

The best by far though was the amazing fruit scone! Oh man, this was special - I don't think I'd be going too far to say it's definitely among the best scones of my life. They scones are home-baked to order and the freshness here was obvious. I suspect that if I hadn't left this 'til right at the end it'd have still been warm, but as it was it made the perfect base for the accompanying strawberries-and-cream-pot - absolutely delicious!

cosy afternoon tea room yorkshire

Since the scones are baked to order, advance booking is highly recommended but we just phoned up a couple of hours before our arrival with no trouble so its not like you need to give loads of notice. The afternoon tea was held in the grand yet cosy setting of hotel's 17th century oak panelled restaurant.
Holdsworth House is, I gather, a popular venue for weddings (and I completely see why, the place is gorgeous!) which meant that the background music for our Saturday afternoon visit was provided by a string quartet as a rather refined alternative to the usual CD!
The full afternoon tea at Holdsworth House will set you back £14.95 each (very reasonable in comparison to some others on my list!) but if you just fancy getting your mitts on one of those amazing scones you can get a Cream Tea for £6.75.

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  1. Ohhhh it all looks so yummy :) especially the cakes. Shame about the varieties of tea though.

    Hayley

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    1. They might have had more, I should have asked, but what they had was good!

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    1. Mmmm twas lovely, you'll have to come along next time! x

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  3. £14.95 for Afternoon Tea!!! EEEEPPPP!!!! It looks delicious, but ohmigosh, I just couldn't spend that much on tea!! x

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    1. haha it does sound a bit crazy I suppose! But a lot of people spend a lot more on that on nights out and I don't really do that so get to go nuts on tea and cake instead! x

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  4. This looks gooooood! I haven't tried a good afternoon tea in ages, might have to take a leaf out of your book and give one a go x

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    1. Definitely! I;m sure there;s a few on my list that are up your way so if you need a tea buddy I;m your girl!

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  5. This sounds lovely, and the posh sparkly Jaffa Cake thing sounds right up my street! :)

    Jess xo

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    1. It was really nice, just hard to eat tidily!

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  6. This looks and sounds just positively amazing..! Perhaps I'll have to plan a tea adventure or two of my own.

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  7. This looks so cute. I really need to try afternoon tea.

    Sammie

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  8. Wow!! I want to do Afternoon Tea. Looks fab. xx

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