So my mum and I have a thing about afternoon tea. We like to try them everywhere we can and would love to be able to tick them all off in Bristol. We’ve even made our own and had a gin afternoon tea party at our house before, it was super fun and I’d really love to do it again but invite more people. There was one place my mum kept going on that she wanted to try, so I thought I’d buy her a voucher for a Berwick Lodge Afternoon Tea this Christmas so we could both go and try it in the new year. We visited in January so it was still their Winter menu and this is what we ate and our thoughts on it!
Berwick Lodge is a country manor hotel hosting boutique rooms, an award-winning restaurant and it’s less than a 10 minute drive from Vue, Hollywood Bowl and one of Bristols main shopping centres. Fear not if you’re looking for a quiet stay though as it’s a considerable distance from the main road making it private, peaceful and giving it a countryside atmosphere. Both the exterior and interior scream antique luxury making it a perfect wedding venue for couples with high quality taste.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this on my blog but I have a really weird thing with prawns. I’d call it maybe a mild phobia. I won’t look at them, touch them, I don’t like being around them and I would CERTAINLY never put them near, let alone IN my mouth, so it’s safe to say I left it. My favourite was definitely the roasted vegetable one, the pesto was such a gorgeous compliment to the flavourful vegetables and I can’t say I’ve ever had a sandwich like this before so it was a really fabulous change. I enjoyed both the egg mayonnaise and ham sandwiches also but can’t say I have a lot to say about them as they are just your standard sandwich fillings! Simple and nice.
One plain and one fruit scone complete with a pot of clotted cream and a pot of raspberry and earl grey jam.
Both my mum and I only managed to eat one scone each (we did take the other home to eat later, though). The scone itself was gorgeously fluffy in the middle and slightly crunchy on the outside. The pots came filled with more than enough jam and cream to satisfy us. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it really did fill us up!
All I could manage after the finger sandwiches and a scone was the profiterole. It was really different but unbelievably tasty. I really wasn’t expecting the cream inside the profiterole to be flavoured but it was absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t get to eat my panna cotta as I couldn’t bring myself to eat anymore and it was served in a glass shot glass so I unfortunately couldn’t take it home which is a shame. However, my mum really enjoyed it and said the rhubarb was really noticeable and enjoyable.
The macaron was an absolute dream. It was more like a brownie, it was so dense and tasty. My mum said, and I quote, “I didn’t really understand why people liked macarons until I tried this”. I love macarons but I would go as far as saying that it was the best one I’ve ever had. I didn’t actually end up trying the flapjack, I took it home but completely forgot to eat it and by the time I remembered, it was stale, oops.
I’d definitely recommend Berwick Lodge afternoon tea, they offer a children’s one aswell as a few different variations that you can view on their site! You’re also able to buy gift cards for them so you can give one to someone for a treat. I did also upload a post about the Browns afternoon tea here if you’re interested in reading it.
In your opinion, where does the best afternoon tea?