It’s the May Bank Holiday Weekend hopefully the sun will come out from behind the clouds and the April showers are no more. Want to indulge in an afternoon treat and a lovely walk in manicured gardens then why not visit Beech Hill Country House and try the new Lady Isabella Afternoon Tea! Lady Isabella, a former lady of Beech Hill Manor, led a very interesting life and this delicious three course afternoon tea is an ode to her. Poor Lady Isabella married Alexander Skipton of Beech Hill back in the 1750’s. It was said to have been a pretty miserable marriage for Isabella, who endured 7 years of complete silence with a very unhospitable Alexander! As a means of solace she threw herself into baking delicious treats for her neighbours and holding afternoon teas in her parlour.

The very same parlour where I was gifted afternoon tea last week. It was such a relaxing and decadent experience in beautiful surroundings. The staff are very helpful and approachable, and even when we requested a fresh pot of tea (as we had been chatting too much) it came within a few minutes of the request. They have a full list of teas but if you fancy something a little stronger don’t worry they can also add a little Prosecco or a G&T!   And with a Michelin trained pastry chef at the helm, the afternoon tea is one of the best I’ve tried (and at this point that’s quite a lot) but the unique selling point had to be the beautiful Manor House itself with beautiful fireplaces and ceilings as well as acres of gardens to be explored.

Back to the tea we dined on a delicious selection of mini sandwiches which included smoked salmon on rye with pickled shallot, capers & horseradish; salt beef & celeriac remoulade with mustard on a brioche bun and goat’s curd, roasted onion and basil on focaccia.  Beautiful homemade and fresh scones which were light and fluffy, served with butter, jam & cream for the complete package. And then the final flourish we tasted the house specials a little choux bun, a fruit tartlet, a salted caramel macaroon and my absolute favourite, a white chocolate entremet.  We all remarked at how talented the chef was to make bite sizes pieces of heaven.

If you would like to WIN an afternoon tea for you and a friend pop over to my social channels now and getting your entry in before the closing date midnight on Monday 6 May!

Emer D xx