Anyone who follows my social media accounts will know how much my mum and I love a good afternoon tea. For my birthday in May, my mum booked afternoon tea as a treat at Rockliffe Hall. When she booked she was advised that it would be in the ‘Club House.’ My mum, bless her, had no idea what this meant. Obviously, on my birthday morning when she told me, I did know what it meant and I’ve got to say my heart sank a little. The golf course club house. This was the only place my mum and I had not been together for afternoon tea. I’ve been to a few work events at Rockliffe but never in my own leisure time.
I know, I know … call this an award winning, lifestyle blog and I’ve never reviewed Rockliffe Hall on my blog. It’s practically on my door step, too. Shoot me now!
I could go into detail here about everything that fell short of it being the birthday afternoon tea experience we were both hoping for. I did let them know at the time but my mum was so disappointed that I also emailed once home.
Needless, to say the hotel redeemed itself by offering us the chance to try out their new high tea experience. Why it was in the Club House originally we never got to find out but it was soon a distant memory.
As it was ‘Afternoon Tea week’ when we finally had time to visit again in August we celebrated with a glass of fizz, Perrier-Jouèt, one of my favourites.
Then the savoury delights arrived; Duck Egg Mayonnaise, Pickering Watercress Open Sandwich Cheese Savoury, Yorkshire Relish, Caramelised Onion Brioche Warm Ratatouille, Wensleydale Cheese Tart with Garden Chard.
I am drooling writing this even though it’s 10pm at night as I’m doing so. I love it when a venue gets a bit quirky with their afternoon tea and moves it up a few notches from the standard sandwiches.
At this point we’d moved onto tea , the liquid variety. I oped for my favourite Earl Grey. Mum isn’t as adventurous when it comes to tea but she knows what she likes, the breakfast variety.
After a little breather, our waitress asked us were we ready for our sweet selection. Oh boy yes!
I mean look at them. Prettiness on a plate.
Single Estate Chocolate Éclair, Salted Caramel, Gold Leaf Pistachio and Olive Oil Cake, Seville Orange Frosting, Matcha Tea Raspberry Short Bread, Rockliffe Estate Honey, Candied Lemon.
Each one savoured and oohed and aahed over.
We sat for ages moving on with a cafetiere of coffee for me and a latte for mum, taking in the view. We chatted about where we would like to visit next for our afternoon tea adventures. Mum also wondered if she would ever try the spa. She’s never been to a spa. I’m not doing very well on the daughter duties, am I? I need to change this for her.
Here we are full of caffeine and sugar .. what a delightful treat for a Saturday afternoon.
High Tea in The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall is priced at £35 per person or £49 with champagne. The hotel describes it as,
“Inspired by the award-winning dishes created in the flagship Orangery restaurant, Orangery High Tea offers a modern version of this traditional favourite. Executive chef Richard Allen and the Orangery team take inspiration from the changing seasons and the abundance of produce available from the Rockliffe kitchen garden and estate grounds.”
Afternoon tea is still available at the Club House for £25 per person .. perfect if you’re a golfer, I’m sure. Not sure why else you would want to take tea there when you have The Orangery on site less than a stone’s throw away but it’s horses for courses as the saying goes.
I’d love to hear your suggestions for places to try for afternoon tea. My mum is on a mission to do them all in the North East. I also like suggestions for far and wide especially for when I’m on my travels.
I’m off to London in November to stay with one of my oldest friends again. Last time there we had afternoon tea on a double decker bus and also visited Sketch which was heavenly.