As you step into The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel, located just on the outskirts of Birmingham City Centre you’ll be instantly welcomed by pleasant staff who will take you through to possibly the quaintest little room complete with various sets of vintage china, all of which are Instagram-worthy.
Meeting up with some fellow foodie bloggers, we were all excited to try the afternoon tea, I opted for the traditional tea with a pot of Earl Grey which came in a ridiculously cool teapot. One of the teapots was made out of an old trophy – A TROPHY!
Anyway, on to the good stuff. To start, a palette cleanser with a twist. A twist that made a bunch of food bloggers go picture crazy. JUST LOOK AT HOW PRETTY IT IS. I can’t remember the exact flavours but it was something like a lemon curd topped with ice, I also remember hearing the word gin, so I think that was in there.
After the excitement of smoke filling our table, we tucked in. It was actually pretty tasty, I always thought that palette cleansers didn’t taste of much but this one had plenty of flavour. I was eager to tuck into the main treats now.
The stand came out with sandwiches on the bottom and a range of elegant and delicate treats across the next two tiers. Scones with jam and cream were to follow.
I can’t comment too much on the sandwiches, they were the regular afternoon tea sandwiches (ham, egg, cucumber, etc) and tasted just fine. However, the cakes and pastries were amazing. Often I find the cake section of an afternoon tea quite stodgy and leaving me with a cake baby, these were so light that I managed to enjoy every single one – my favourite being the choux swan, isn’t he cute? It was filled with a delicious crème patisserie.
Other treats included a chocolate meringue stick, a little fruit tart and a macaron. I was enjoying them so much, I almost forgot that we still had scones to come! These were the downfall for me, but still enjoyable, they were a crumbly scone with more of a biscuit texture than cake – and that’s just not my preferred scone but I still slathered it in cream and jam and took the extra one home for tea so I definitely can’t fault them too much!
A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon tea for £20pp. (prices correct as of October 2015).
Now to decide where to have the next one….
Disclaimer: I paid in full for my afternoon tea, as did the other bloggers I went with. The Edgbaston did not know I would be reviewing on my blog.