Celebrating National Afternoon Tea Week (2) The Assembly House, Norwich

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   Frontage of The Assembly House, Norwich viewed from Theatre Street

In late August last year I spent a day in Norwich with a friend, where we enjoyed a splendid Afternoon Tea at The Assembly House. This grand Georgian building is a historic venue with an illustrious past, and the perfect setting for a classic afternoon tea which was beautifully presented, with superb food and service. We had a choice of Loose Leaf tea or coffee from Wilkinson’s of Norwich, and were assured that we could enjoy a second pot of tea at no extra charge. (As the saying goes once bitten, twice shy, – see my review of Peacocks in Ely!)

The set traditional Afternoon Tea included a choice of dainty finger sandwiches, savoury and fruit scones, a selection of miniature cakes, and a dessert by The Assembly House’s pastry chef extraordinaire Mark Mitson.

We were impressed by the freshness and fillings of the sandwiches which were clearly made to order, and additional sandwiches were offered free of charge too. The scones were home-baked and still warm, (and appropriately as Norwich is the home of local company *Colman’s ) the savoury scone was a cheese, *mustard and chive version, served with butter. The fruit scone was served with Norfolk strawberry jam and clotted cream. Both types of mini scone were light and equally delicious. The classic sandwich fillings were of Norfolk ham, smoked salmon, free range egg and cress, cream cheese and cucumber.

Chandeliers and elegance were hallmarks of The Assembly House restaurant lounge area dining room

We were seated in what must surely be one of the finest and most opulent dining rooms for our Afternoon Tea

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The traditional Afternoon Tea was served on a classic silver three tier cake stand
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The miniature desserts on the top tier looked most tempting and tasted delicious!
The Assembly House has everything, including bespoke napkins, and even a cake box to take away any leftovers!
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The Assembly House is set in beautiful grounds, where you will also find The Noverre Art Gallery which is well worth a visit
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When in Norwich The Assembly Rooms is the perfect place to enjoy al fresco refreshment!

Interesting fact – Did you know that Afternoon Tea was originally the brainchild of the Duchess of Bedford who was a Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria? Apparently she thought there was an intolerable length of time between luncheon and evening dinner, so she arranged for tea to be brewed and served with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks, midway between the two meals. The habit soon became established and before long this quintessentially  English tradition was being enjoyed by all!

My friend commented “I would highly recommend The Assembly House as the service and the ambience matches the fantastic food”

Granny Apples says – Regular readers of my blog will know that over the last 12 months I have been searching for the best value afternoon tea. For the second of my posts in celebration of National Afternoon Tea Week I am more than happy to recommend The Assembly Rooms in Norwich. This Afternoon Tea was close to perfection, there was nothing to criticize and it was the best value for money at £17.50 for 1, £32 for 2.


The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RQ

Bookings are advisable on 01603 626402 or admin@assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk



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