For one of my birthday treats this week my daughter took me for Afternoon Tea at Poets House, which is a charming hotel in the heart of historic Ely, in Cambridgeshire.
Originally consisting of three Grade II listed properties of the early 1900s, Poets House is a uniquely stylish hotel, restaurant and event venue. A blend of original charm with innovative contemporary interiors, this hotel combines luxury and comfort. We both felt that this would be a lovely hotel for tourists to stay in.
The Study is a light, airy, relaxing lounge and bar where we sank into the sofas and ate from low marble topped tables, whilst sampling the Poets House traditional afternoon tea. We chose a pot of tea each from an extensive range to accompany a selection of finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and jam, and mini-cakes and a dessert. Fresh pots of tea were available at no extra charge, and we drank copious amounts of iced water, as it was one of the hottest days of the year.
The finger sandwiches were filled with smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche, cucumber with dill cream cheese, honey roast ham and mustard, and egg with peppery watercress. They were extremely fresh and obviously made to order as we had quite a wait before the food arrived. Likewise the scones were warm from the oven and freshly-baked, and probably tasted better than any other ‘afternoon tea scones’ we had eaten anywhere. The scone recipe was different and my daughter (who is a baker) described the texture as resembling a sponge. These melt in the mouth scones were accompanied by a very generous amount of Devonshire clotted cream, and a choice of preserve.
The top tier held a lovely-looking selection of sweet treats which were a disappointment upon tasting. The blackcurrant panna cotta dessert hadn’t set properly, (possibly due to the heat) and the macarons had a peanut butter filling, which we found quite an odd combination.
Service was on the slow side, but efficient and friendly. A nice leisurely way to spend an afternoon in elegant surroundings, and a birthday treat for me, complete with a greeting and candles!
I noticed that unusually a Childrens Afternoon Tea was available at £4.25.
This Afternoon Tea cost £15 a per person, and needs to be pre-booked
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