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 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?