After working in a cake shop you get pretty tired of afternoon tea. Scones, cake, tiny crustless sandwiches, stacked precariously on a three tiered vintage plate stand. Oooooooh, Aahhhhhhh. Despite my dislike for tiny food, I decide to take a dear friend to the Hilton after I swiped a £25 Amazon deal for processo afternoon tea for two at the Double Tree.
Service, no matter what the Trip Advisor reviews say, is actually OK; very attentive and quick to be seated.
So working from the bottom up; first are the sandwiches. Cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon on a very cute mini bagel and a ham and lettuce on a bap. Stand out is the smoked salmon, with a generous portion of fish and who can resist tiny bagels, seriously so cute.
Next tier; the raisin scones are dense but tasty and are served generously with clotted cream and jam. A generous two scones each was more than enough, and leaves me slightly apprehensive to finish the third and final tier.
I’ve not been to many afternoon teas in my life, but the cakes are a bit too small and uniform in a way that I suspect are maybe not made at the restaurant. But I like big bumbling portions that look like they’re made by your Grandmother. I was a little disappointed from seeing the picture on the Hilton website, although it still did look quite impressive for the photos which I guess is half the point of going. Look Facebook, look how goddamn fancy I am.
The star of the afternoon was the processo, served from their little processo van out back. It was a little windy outside so we had to shelter inside, watching hoards of suited business men scuttle from the city centre to the station. It’s an interesting view watching the construction of the city being built around but it isn’t unpleasant.
For the price of £25 it was not bad, especially with a pot of tea and a glass of processo thrown in. For the original £19.95 per person, I would have been very disappointed. I mean, for something that’s meant to be a cheeky bit of something between lunch and dinner, £40 for too is a little much. With the deal however, definitely worth a go to get your cream tea on.