I like to sit and eat and so there is nothing I like more than going to afternoon tea on one of my afternoons off and indulge myself in more cake than I can shake a stick at.
So for Christmas, I figured I'd combine the chance to do this and the fact that I love nothing more than a gossip with Nan and take her out for Afternoon Tea.
I spent a while trying to work out where the best place to go would be. I wanted somewhere elegant and classy whilst managing to be a little bit different to your standard scone and tea.
The final decision was the Queen's Hotel on the seafront in Portsmouth which I had heard some really wonderful things about and so I went ahead and booked.
We arrived and were greeted on the door. After being led through to the dining room and had been seated we had the chance to appreciate quite how impressive the foyer and then dining area really were.... Which they really were!
After the offer of coffee, tea (which there was so many varieties of...) and water for the table the food was brought out. It was a pretty impressive spread. 4 varieties of sandwiches and then 6 different desserts, each.
From Vanilla Posset and Egg Tarts to New York Cheesecake and Warm Scones with Strawberry Jam and cream,
Safe to saw neither of us finished all of the sandwiches and cakes, although the staff were really good and wrapped the rest up for us to take home.
I cannot fault the service of the staff and the food. I would be back in a heartbeat and will be looking for another excuse to indulge just like this again. My only criticism is that pre-booking is essential and that means I can't just drop by impulsively... Which is probably better for my waistline.