10 April 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Great Victoria, Bradford

I know it's been way too long since I've had an afternoon tea post here, but I have been trying I promise! I think I was struck down by some sort of tea and cake curse - I was held up at every turn. And I'd travelled for these non-existent afternoon teas too, Derby, Manchester,... all to have some unexpected twist standing between me and my cake. One day I decided enough was enough. I was having afternoon tea and nothing was going to stop me. And after my far-flung disappointments I wasn't going far for it either. And that's why I ended up at Bradford's own Great Victoria Hotel.

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Despite living a mere stone's throw from this place I've never actually ventured inside, but on being shown to the cosy lounge where our booked table was waiting for us I felt such a sense of relief - I was finally getting my long awaited afternoon tea!

We started off with a nice big pot of good old Yorkshire Tea. Fresh tea was offered regularly throughout, which is always a bonus and we were also offered extra hot water so we could try one of the extra Ringtons varieties that had been left on the table - a really nice touch!

And then the cake stand appeared - oh happy day!

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When I'd originally emailed the hotel about making a booking, I'd mentioned my stance on salmon sandwiches (that they are the devils work) and was so pleased to be be presented with a full selection of sandwiches I wanted to eat! (I am a proper sandwich fuss-pot, and the selection here may not be representative of the usual offerings as I did mention a couple of traditional fillings I'd hoped to avoid, but love that the hotel happily obliged my filling whims!)

Ours came with roast beef with horseradish, ham with tomato and mustard, and a cheese with a tasty onion relish, all served on soft bread and a good deal wider than most of the finger sandwiches I've come across - more like thumbs! 

I thought the three scones between two of us was a bit of an odd move, but as I'd have only expected the one apiece I'm not gonna complain! My favourite unexpected addition though was the little trio of chocolates - these were delicious! 

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The most fun part to investgate though is always the cake selection! This was a grand little lot but for me the obvious eye-catcher was the chocolate orange tart with the physalis - I love how the leaves of the berry curl around the mini-treat! This also came with a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake and a lovely light meringue-topped chocolate mousse. 

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By the time of our visit I was so desperate for a half decent afternoon tea I'd have been over the moon with anywhere that could provide me with a hot drink and something sugary. But I was really impressed with this offering from the Great Victoria hotel - from the relaxed setting to the fussy-customers allowances, and a for a bargain price (the website says £14 each, though I'm sure I was actually charged a little less than this?!) - and nice to know I can get it so close to home for if I ever get stuck again!

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