At the beginning of the month I spent a lovely afternoon at the Vermont Hotel, in Newcastle celebrating my friends birthday over a glass of fizz and afternoon tea.
I’ve never been to the Vermont Hotel before and neither had the girls, so being a lover of afternoon tea and visiting new places, I was really excited to see what the Vermont had to offer. There were quite a number of us so I opted to drive, which I didn’t mind and once we arrived I was kind of glad I did.
I felt like a celebrity parked between a glittering Rolls Royce and a huge Range Rover, plus when we went inside a lovely gent took my keys – just like in the movies!
It was safe to say the afternoon was off to a great start and soon we were seated in a grand room waiting for our afternoon teas. Since it was a birthday celebration we all ordered the champagne afternoon tea. For £22 this option included sandwiches, fresh scones, a range of desserts, a pot of tea and a glass of champagne – a pretty decent price for the amount we received.
By the time we raised our glasses, clinked and took our first sip of fizz our three tiers lavished with delights were placed in front of us. Having a major sweet tooth I always start with the sandwiches and work my way to the desserts – saving the best till last.
Since I’m more sweet than savoury to me sandwiches are sandwiches, well that’s what I thought, but this selection of salmon and cream cheese, ham, egg and humus and red pepper were so delicious I wish there were more than four fingers to sink my teeth into.
Next were the scones and I claimed both the fruit ones. With a choice of butter, home-made clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam I smothered both in all three. After stuffing my face I’m surprised I still had room for the desserts.
Last but not least was my favourite tier, the desserts. I began my tucking into the dark chocolate tort with a strawberry on top, then followed with a dark chocolate spoon and then the chocolate twirl. By this point I had a huge sugar rush and had to hold my hands up in defeat.
With a lemon meringue, a tall glass fill with mousse, a ginger flap jack and a circular cake with a raspberry on top still to go, rather than overindulging, I decided to enjoy my cup of tea, catch up on all the girly gossip and before heading home squeeze in some photos.
Sarah Jayne x