Monday, 21 July 2014

Competition: WIN Prosecco Tea & Tour of The Queen's House, Greenwich

Next month we're heading off to London to sample a rather splendid new tea at the Queen's House, Greenwich and would love for you to try it too. Enter our competition below for your chance to win!

Afternoon Tea at the Queen's House

We'd like to offer one of you lucky folks two tickets for the fabulous new Prosecco Tea & Tour of The Queen's House in Greenwich Park on one of the following dates:

03-Aug
24-Aug
31-Aug
07-Sep 

Here's some more info about the venue and that all important tea on offer:

The Queen’s House, which you can follow on Twitter, offers a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience in one of the most architecturally important buildings in England’s history with unparalleled views over Greenwich Park. 

Guests can choose from a fine selection of aromatic Dammann Frères Teas including Earl Grey, Jasmin Green and Darjeeling, deliciously elegant finger sandwiches including honey glazed Wiltshire ham and red onion relish, and Scottish smoked salmon and soft cheese, and mouth-wateringly indulgent cakes including macaroons, Bakewell slice and mini fruit scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam. Guests can also enhance their afternoon tea package with Prosecco and an expert’s curator tour to learn about the history of The Queen’s House and its outstanding art collection, which includes pieces by Gainsborough, Turner and Hogarth. 

To win the Prosecco Tea & Tour of The Queen's House, simply answer the following question:

Which park is The Queen's House situated in:

A) Green Park
B) Greenwich Park
C) Hyde Park

Enter via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck! 

Closing Date: Tuesday 29th July 2014

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Terms and Conditions: Open to UK residents only. Competition will close at midnight on 29/07/2014. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 30/07/2014. The Afternoon Tea Club's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. There will be no cash alternative. Winner will be notified via email. By entering the competition the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity on our website and Twitter. No responsibility can be taken for any entries which are not received for any reason. The winner must be able to provide their own transport to and from the venue and accommodation should this be necessary. Prize must be claimed on one of the dates specified above after which no alternative will be available. The venue reserves the right to specify the date and circumstance of the prize should the winner's chosen date be unavailable or conflict with the venue's schedule. The Afternoon Tea Club operates as a separate entity to the Queen's House Greenwich.

The Afternoon Tea Club Review: Urban Afternoon Tea, Hilton Doubletree, Manchester

So who's been enjoying this glorious July weather we've been having? Well minus the thunder storms, us too! That's why when we were invited to the launch of DoubleTree Manchester's Urban Afternoon Tea Pop Up on the terrace, of course we couldn't say no.

Urban Afternoon Tea Pop Up.
Usually, city centres are not exactly our location of choice on a scorching summer's day but the moment we stepped out onto the hotel's eleventh floor balcony we thought 'ah, this is where the fresh air lives!'.

Panoramic city views.
There's a luxurious purple floral theme going on in The Sky Lounge and mixed in with views over the city centre, it's a fantastic setting for Afternoon Tea.

Champagne? Yes, please!
On to the food, starting with a glass of champagne, of course, the Afternoon Tea was very quick to arrive and was beautifully presented on a sleek black, oval tea stand. We began with a savoury selection including tomato and mozzarella bagels, salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches and pastrami crusty rolls. It's always good to have a little something different and the yummy bagels offered just that. 

Miniature treats.
Then we sampled a mix of well-sized plain and fruit scones with strawberry and clotted cream - delicious, and to finish a mini dessert selection including lemon and poppyseed muffins, a lovely mango cream pie and beautifully light individual trifles. 

Manchester views. 
To top it off the staff were wonderful and the atmosphere was just perfect to wind down in, a very sophisticated summer city afternoon indeed!

Yummy bagels. 
Urban Afternoon Tea Pop Up is available at various dates throughout the summer. 
For more information and to book please visit the hotel website doubletree3.hilton.com or find more on Twitter at @DoubleTreeMCR 


Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Milestone Revisited: Gentleman's Afternoon Tea Review

We've made no secret of the fact that London's Milestone Hotel is one of our favourite afternoon tea destinations. With it's plush surroundings and intimate atmosphere, this hotel screams decadence and is a definite must for any tea lover. 

Gentleman's Tea

Gentleman's afternoon tea has always been a temptation that we've lusted after, but never dared pursue. Reluctant to betray our cakey treats, we've remained faithful to the end, leaving the scotch eggs to the lads. However, when we heard that our favourite hotel had launched a male option, our resolution gave way.

The scene is set

As ever, the order of the day was food, food and more food. Stacked high on triple tier stands, this tea really has the wow factor - so astounding in fact that we couldn't help but notice a few envious looks from our fellow diners as it travelled across the floor.

Available with a choice of whiskey or ale to complement, guests are treated to a savoury medley of buffet snacks to start, in addition to the traditional sandwich selection. Personal highlights included the chicken lollipop skewer, and bacon wrapped toad in the hole. Both staple British classics. Both fabulous. 


What's good about this selection is the variety that it offers, meaning that there's something for absolutely everyone, and although I had to avoid the mini Cornish pasties (not much of a beef fan) I was more than taken with the mini scotch eggs available. 

Same goes for the whiskey too. The Milestone offers three different varieties, designed with an array of heady flavours from chocolate to plum, providing a good choice of tones to tempt even a whiskey novice such as myself. Can I have some more please?

Champagne

Not to disappoint on the cake front, the gentleman's tea also contains a selection of boozy treats, which feature a chocolate and orange liquor torte (decadent!), a brandy soaked berry tart and whiskey cream cupcake. 

However, as we're both ladies, and ladies with a very sweet tooth, the lovely folk at the Milestone treated us to an extra serving of their traditional  cakes - and boy are we glad they did. Including delicacies such as their flawless New York Cheese Cake (oh my goodness it's good) and Pistachio Carrot cake, these desserts are by far the most exciting and flavourful that we've ever experienced - and we've experienced a lot.




All in all, we have to say that we were most impressed with the Milestone's new gentleman's offering, and although only available for a limited season, we hope that it continues long into the future. As usual the environment was immaculate and service very hospitable - if at times a little slow - although, that said, we were very grateful for the extra time to enjoy the Milestone's lovely pianist.

If you're in London and in need of tea, visit the Milestone - you absolutely won't regret it!





For more information about the Milestone's Afternoon Tea selection, please visit their website here.

Afternoon Tea was kindly provided courtesy of the Milestone Hotel. However, as usual, all thoughts and opinions remain our own!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Looking for a great tea? Check out this fab Pinterest Afternoon Tea Map!

We often get lots of emails and tweets from you lovely lot asking us where to get the best Afternoon Tea at various places around the UK. Well, we recently got together with Travelzoo to help put together a Pinterest Afternoon Tea map featuring some of our fave tea hotspots. Oh we are good to you!

Fancy Afternoon Tea? Of course you do!

The handy map, which also features recommendations from Lady Loves Cake, makes it easy to pinpoint tea venues in your chosen area. Although the yummy photos might leave you spoiled for choice!

Time for a cuppa? Where do you want to go? 

Some of our featured pins include: 

Crewe Hall, Cheshire
Fancie, Sheffield
The Milestone, London
Grand Pacific, Manchester
The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
Leaf, Liverpool

Follow the board here and tweet us some of your faves at @TeacupReview! - 
Now, Dublin for cake, anyone?

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Cake Break: The Cupcake Bakehouse, Covent Garden

If, like us, you're a bit of a cupcake lover then a trip to The Cupcake Bakehouse in London's Covent Garden is the perfect place to get your fix. 


We have been wanting to try some of these famous cupcakes for far too long so on our last visit to the Capital we made sure to squeeze in a quick stop. 

Created by one of our fave bakers, Lorraine Pascale, this tiny shop delivers cute in abundance. Everything is girly and pink and there's a retro vibe going on with American diner high stools which face the window to an ever bustling Covent Garden. 


There are plenty of flavours to choose from including traditional cupcakes and also couture designs. Apparently the secret to these beautiful cupcakes is a brush of light vanilla sugar syrup so we went straight for the traditional vanilla flavour to see if we could taste the difference. 

And we were not disappointed. Light, fluffy, delicious topping, everything a cupcake should be and have. Definitely ranking highly in 'cupcake heaven'. 

At £2.50 per cake they are a little more expensive than your average cake break but worth it if you're looking to spoil yourself or someone special ... but we recommend spoiling yourself!

The Cupcake Bakehouse in situated in Covent Garden, London and open Monday to Sunday.