13 May 2016

Afternoon Tea at Fodder, Harrogate

I was recently invited to Fodder for Afternoon Tea, and you know I never say no to an Afternoon Tea invitation! 

Fodder is a Yorkshire food-lovers dream - a well stocked, mainly local, food hall with accompanying cafe based at Harrogate's Great Yorkshire Showground. It's a beautiful part of the country to visit, so we decided to make the most of the recent bank holiday and go stuff ourselves with cake, hurrah! 

The Afternoon Tea is only served between 2.30 and 3.30 on weekends, and it's well established on these pages that I'm useless wih organisation and timings, so sadly I didn't leave us enough time to really investigate the shop (though a cursory glance on the way through told me it's well worth a visit in it's own right). It's also worth bearing in mind that Fodder don't accept bookings, so there may be a little wait for tables at busy times. We had about a 15 minute wait - it may be worth factoring this into your visiting schedule! 

The tower of goodies that arrived at our table once seated made the wait totally worthwhile though! 

The sanwiches are rarely my favourite part of an afternoon tea, and the provided fillings here of smoked salmon and egg mayonnaise just didn't float my boat - that's entirely personal preference though as I'm a bit of a fusspot. The sandwiches that came with the kids meals were very generously filled with good quality ingredients on nice soft bread, so I have no reason to assume the afternoon tea ones were any less good .... I do feel a bit naughty for not eating them though!

Thankfully though there were other savoury options, so I could pretend to not be a child who wants to skip to dessert without eating anything sensible! The bacon pastry twist was just awesome - you really don't get enough bacon with afternoon tea! There was also a very tasty mini vegetable quiche. 

With the savouries safely tucked under my belt, 'was time to get to the good stuff! The little scone was so light, an absolute delight with the generous amounts of jam and cream served alongside. The lemon meringue tart was my favourite, sweet and zesty with a delicious buttery pastry. The wee teacup was not only adorable but filled with a lovely Baileys, chocolate and coffee parfait.

Millionaire's shortbread is rarely anything but a thing on wonder, and this was top notch - so much gooey caramel, mmm! Unfortunately, the shortbread was so rich, so sweet, so decadent - that I just couldn't touch the last of the cakes and istead let one of the still-hungry kids take one for the team. He wolfed it down and spoke very hightly of it though! 

It's not very often I don't finish an afternoon tea, but this one was pretty huge, and with so much stuff to eat (imagine if I had eaten the sandwiches too!?), a bargain at £28 for two (including tea). 

Obviously, stuffed with cake and sugary things, we didn't try any of the hot meals available at Fodder but everything we saw come out of the kitchen looked great, as did the huuuge cakes on display that weren't part of our afternoon tea - a return visit is definitely on the cards!

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