A Most Unusual Afternoon Tea At Browns!

Hey everyone!

What. A. Week. It’s been a bit of an odd one to say the least but I’m happy to say it’s ending on a high and I’m feeling a lot more positive after spending a few days completely away from social media and my blog. I think it’s good to have a break every now and again to re-charge, gain some new inspiration and remember your life doesn’t revolve around other peoples. I think sometimes we get way too caught up in other peoples lives than we mean to but that’s a whole different issue that maybe I’ll write a post on another time.

My lovely mum bought Jake a voucher for an Afternoon Tea for two at Browns for his 21st birthday which was actually last July. Due to my ongoing health issues, we’ve never found a good time to go when we definitely thought I’d be well enough but luckily the voucher lasted a year. I can’t say I’m all that well at the moment but as we haven’t been able to do many fun things recently due to money and my health, we decided to just say f*ck it and booked it.

We decided to go for a weekday afternoon as we thought it’d be relatively quiet and that we could pop in the Bristol museum beforehand for a wander as we haven’t been in years. The museum is a few doors down from Browns aswell so it was super convenient – although we did spend the entire time talking about how excited we were about the upcoming food, maybe we should’ve had a snack beforehand?…

Mum bought us the Champagne Afternoon Tea but we decided to switch it to Browns “Most Unusual Afternoon Tea” as it came with Gin instead and Jake is a bit of a gin fiend. We arrived to Browns 10 minutes early and despite it being super busy and full of graduates, we were taken straight to our table! We requested our Gin Afternoon Tea and both our lovely fresh, chilled drinks and an overwhelming but brilliant array of food arrived infront of us within 15 minutes. One word: fabulous.

The top layer showcased 4 gorgeous mini desserts each featuring a salted caramel profiterole (our FAVOURITE), a pot of black cherry mousse, two shortbreads with cream and a raspberry sandwiched in-between and half a miniature red velvet cake each.

The middle layer offered two adorable little brioche buns each, one filled with chicken and avocado and the other egg and cress. Then two pieces of crostini each with toppings of the classic salmon and cream cheese and the other devon crab with a pinkish sauce underneath (the website doesn’t say what it was). And last but not least, the bottom layer displayed a plain scone and a sultana scone each in miniature sizes with generous pots of gorgeous clotted cream and strawberry jam to drown them with.

I’ve got to say, it was all absolutely phenomenal. I unfortunately couldn’t try the egg as my body seems to have a meltdown like you wouldn’t believe whenever I eat it but Jake assured me it was super tasty. I was not at all expecting to like the crab but I really did enjoy it, especially with the texture of the crispy crostini underneath the soft meat. Jake also tried cured salmon for the first time here and he adored it. Both our faces were an absolute picture when trying the salted caramel profiterole too, it was like a little round drop of heaven.

We were so full and whacked out from the sheer amount of food we’d just consumed and the busy-ness of the place that we didn’t stick around for the hot drink afterwards. Our waitress was really nice, cheery and clearly loved her job which was also great to see. We had such a wonderful time and it was so lovely to experience such a luxurious treat with Jake so a big thank you to my mum and Browns for SUCH a great date day.

Although, the amount of food I ate did decide to come back and bite me later on resulting in me taking codeine and Jake being entertained by a very giggly and out of it Alice, you are welcome… On this one occasion, how good the food was, was actually worth the pain. (Just to say it had absolutely nothing to do with the food, it’s my stupid body. You can read more about that in another blog post here...)

Have you ever been for afternoon tea? Did you enjoy it as much as we did?

’Til Next Time,
BTB Xx

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Lainy says:

    All of this food looks super yummy!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Oh it REALLY was, I’m still thinking about it now haha!

  2. This looks amazing!! Ive never been out for afternoon tea but this had made me want to. All the food looks and sounds divine!

    Emma x

    Emmarollason.wordpress.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It really was, you need to treat yourself to it one day, it’s such a lovely experience 🙂 X

  3. Gabrielle says:

    Aww this sounds bloody lovely! Love the sound of the salted caramel profiteroles – two of my fave things merged together for one amazing bit of dessert 😍
    I haven’t ever done afternoon tea, (not properly anyway) but would love to after reading this! ❤️❤️

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      They were DIVINE, honestly the nicest profiteroles I’ve ever had!! It’s such a cute experience, you should definitely go when you can! X

  4. Melanie says:

    Oh my goodness this all looks and sounds amazing ! I have never been for afternoon tea but it’s something I always say I will get round to !

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It really really was, I can’t compliment it enough! You really should, it’s so lush! X

  5. Wow! Sounds like you had such a lovely day out. The food looks AMAZING – would love to try them salted caramel profiteroles! Super cute pictures too!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was really something special, we had such a lovely time! The profiteroles were deffo the best bit hehe, thank you 🙂 X

  6. Ashton says:

    wow that afternoon tea looks so yummy

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It really was! It all tasted amazing x

  7. Ellie says:

    Looks like you had a lovely time! The food looks so yummy too!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was a super lovely day 🙂 It really was so nice! X

  8. Sophie says:

    This looks so good! I’ve booked the Tale as Old as Time afternoon tea for this summer and I’m so excited!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Ooh really!? That sounds brilliant! I’d LOVE to experience that! X

  9. Oooh I would love to go for afternoon tea at some point! I know we have a few cute little places in Cheltenham but this seems like the destination!!!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Browns is such a lovely place, their general food is really nice too so I had no doubt this would be lovely! 🙂 X

  10. Andrew says:

    Yum, Yum, that looks and sounds great, we both know someone who’d love that!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was so lovely! I don’t think I know anyone who wouldn’t like it!

  11. Miranda says:

    You’re both very welcome. P.S we should go again xxx

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      🙂 yes let’s do it, I’d happily go every week lol xxx

  12. Sophie says:

    It sounds like you had an amazing time! I’m so glad it was worth the discomfort. I imagine it’s the worst feeling when you decided to ‘treat yourself’ and it ends up not being worth the consequences x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  13. Oh, I love afternoon teas! The food looks delicious.
    Hope you are feeling better now. Take care!

    http://www.aditispen.com

  14. Lily says:

    Omg this afternoon tea looks delish!! I had one for my 16th birthday and it was nothing compared to this. Looks so yum x

    Lily | Covet Luxe

  15. Yay so glad you had an amazing time it looked and sounded incredible and im now super hungry! Also I know how hard it is with gastric problems to go out for meals and lunches and I’m so proud and happy for you that you still did this despite your health! xx

    Emily xx

    http://www.isobellejane.com

  16. Katie Henry says:

    I love going for afternoon tea and this looks amazing. Hope you enjoyed it x

  17. I have never been to an afternoon tea but it has been a dream of mine for a very long time! THey have a beauty & the beast themed one in London! xx corinne

  18. Chloe says:

    Looks lovely, afternoon tea is such a treat!

  19. Alice says:

    The photo of the two of you is absolutely gorgeous! Cuties. Also salted caramel profiteroles? YUM, that sounds like actual heaven. I’m so glad you had a great time! x

    Alice | http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

  20. I’ve never been for afternoon tea at Brown’s before – to be honest, I think I’ve only eaten there once before too?! But I really must go because your afternoon tea looks super yummy!! I love that you can have gin with it too – YUM xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  21. Abbie says:

    I love Afternoon Tea and now I want to try this more than anything! Also Salted Caramel Profiterole! I need one of these in my life now! Actually give me all of it!
    Abbie x / http://www.abbwhi.com

  22. Aww I haven’t been for afternoon tea in a long time! You’ve inspired me to book somewhere soon and go

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