Sunday, 29 January 2017
Do you like to blog? Are you an unabashed #instafoodie? Do you love afternoon tea as much as us? Join the club!
We started The Afternoon Tea Club back in 2012 as an excuse to justify consuming copious amounts of tea and cake during our time at university - never did we imagine we would get to experience the many delicious teas we’ve had the pleasure of sampling over the years.
As the popularity of our favourite past time has continued to grow, so too has our humble blog but there simply aren’t enough hours in a day to cover the many fabulous menus on our bucket list (trust us, we’ve tried double afternoon tea on numerous occasions, it’s not a smart idea!), so we’re on the lookout for likeminded people from across the UK to join our team.
If you’re an afternoon tea lover and want to write about it then we want to hear from you! In return we can offer you fantastic review opportunities and the chance to be a part of an ever-growing social media community of tea lovers.
To apply please send a short bio (including your location) and a sample review of a recent afternoon tea or coffee shop experience (a la our mini “Coffee Break” reviews) along with two accompanying photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck and we will look forward to welcoming you into the club!
Laura & Caroline x
Founders of The Afternoon Tea Club
Posted by Laura Griffiths at 03:54
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Do you ever go through phases of really craving certain foods or flavours? Before Christmas I went through one of those for Bettys Hot Chocolate and just couldn't get it off my mind. So whilst it's winter and still acceptable to enjoy full fat milky drinks all day and night, I placed an order for a couple of bags to see me through 'til Spring arrives.
Made up of a Vanilla and Swiss Dark Chocolate infusion, with 65% Cocoa solids from Venezuelan cocoa beans, Bettys Hot Chocolate is pure joy in a mug - and exactly what the doctor ordered if you're ever feeling a little under the weather.
Here's how to make the Perfect Bettys Hot Chocolate:
5 heaped teaspoons of Bettys Hot Chocolate Flakes
1. Pour a cup of milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat
2. Measure out five heaped teaspoons of Bettys Hot Chocolate flakes
3. Pour the heated milk over the Chocolate flakes and whisk together until fully combined
4. Return the mixture to the pan and heat through again until simmering
5. Remove from the heat and whisk once more until frothy and pour into your favourite mug
6. Add whipped cream or additional frothy milk to taste and finish with another sprinkling of the chocolate flakes.
And there you have it, how to make the perfect cup of Bettys Hot Chocolate in no time at all - enjoy!
Bettys Hot Chocolate can be bought online here:
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Before we get into the review, first, a little back story. I moved to Chester just under a year ago for work but before taking the plunge, I did a bit of a trial weekend in the city checking out the places that could become my local and just taking in its historic scenery. Without reading any reviews, I booked to stay at Oddfellows, a quirky boutique hotel in the centre of town and immediately fell in love with its retro glamour, upside down furniture and “down the rabbit hole” charm. So of course we had to go back and try its afternoon tea menu.
We visited on a very busy Saturday afternoon so were seated in the bar lounge area, which is beautifully kitted out in dark food fixtures with colourful woodland art printed on top, including a fuchsia pink fox - can we just live here please?
We went for the “Tipsy Afternoon Tea”, opting for tea-themed cocktails and Prosecco to accompany our pots of Earl Grey and coffee. I chose the Travellers Tea cocktail made with green tea infused Absolut Vodka, lemon, apple and elderflower and I would highly recommend it.
Tea is served on a simple white three tiered stand with a selection of ham and tomato, egg mayo, cheese and pickle, and cucumber finger slices, on a good range of soft breads. Followed by fruit scones with clotted cream and individual pots of strawberry jam, and finally fruit and chocolate themed pastries including a berry mousse, chocolate delice with pistachio base, and white chocolate and berry blackcurrant macaroons. The sweets both looked and tasted delicious and each one is quite light so you won’t feel too full afterwards - which means you can afford to try a bit of everything!
Given Oddfellows’ fun yet sophisticated environment, which includes its very own Secret Garden, I think this afternoon tea would benefit from being a little more “odd”, to make it truly stand out and carry on that whimsical charm the venue is known for. That aside, overall this is a lovely tea and good value at £25pp (with cocktail or champagne) - definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a cool place to take a break from sightseeing or shopping in the city.
For more information and to book visit: http://www.oddfellowschester.com/
* Prices correct at time of writing
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