Life's Cup of Tea

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Afternoon tea for four...

For my mums 50th Birthday we took a trip to Bovey Castle for a spot of afternoon tea. Having driven through the stunning landscapes of Dartmoor to get there, we were met by a valet who let us out of the car and led us into the splendid castle. 

We went for a pre-tea walk around the grounds. The sun shone as we perched on a bench overlooking a hidden lake.

As we grew hungry we wandered up to the old castle at the top of the hill.

While we waited for the food to arrive, I poured myself a cup of steaming tea through a tea strainer. 

Tea was bought out on a 3 tier carrier, and an extra plate of sandwiches for luck 

We delved into the sandwiches: Salmon and Lettuce; Cucumber and cream cheese; Egg mayonnaise; Cheese and Tomato. All on gorgeously soft, fresh bread. 

Next came the scones with copious amounts of thick west country cream and jam. 

Already nearing stomach capacity we moved up to the top tier which was adorned with a variety of sweet treats, the pièce de résistance being a shot glass of crushed raspberry, Earl Grey infused chocolate mouse topped with popping candy.

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