A little while ago the very lovely people at Experience Days came to me and asked me if I might like to choose something in my area to review courtesy of them. Who in their right mind would turn that down?
Having had a look through what they offered, Ross and I settled on an afternoon tea at the Royal Marriott Hotel in the city of Bristol around 50 minutes from where we lived. As we had no one to leave Grace with that day, I rang the hotel to see if it was OK to bring her with us. They were extremely welcoming and said that they would lay a place for her.
Once we had found somewhere to park – which in itself was a complete nightmare, particularly as we didn’t want to pay the very costly prices for the car park at the hotel – we arrived at our tea 45 minutes early. Again, this was absolutely no bother to the hotel and their staff who remained professional and friendly.
Grace, Ross and I were shown to a lovely table next to the front window and beside a Mother and her daughter who was celebrating her 18th Birthday. Upon sitting down we noticed a type of egg timer in 3 different colours which Grace rather enjoyed inspecting and we all wondered why the black one was so much slower than the blue…all would be revealed.
Ross chose Darjeeling tea and I went for the richer Assam. Grace chose an apple juice but was also brought a tea cup so she could taste some of ours. Upon setting down the tea pots the waitress explained that the timer was for different types of tea and the coloured timer depended upon which tea you were drinking. Once the timer for your tea ran out then it meant it was brewed and you could remove the leaves. I loved the tea set and the way the tea leaves were served for you to put into the pot themselves. Grace really enjoyed this.
Then the food arrived. On the bottom plate we had sandwiches with 4 different fillings: cucumber, egg mayonnaise, ham and mustard and smoked salmon and cream cheese. All delicious. The plate above had two fruit and two plain scones and we had a separate serving of jam and clotted cream. Grace doesn’t like fruit scones or jam so we gave her a plain scone and Ross and I split one. Once finished, there was some clotted cream left….ably polished off by Grace! Finally, the top plate was the beautiful and very tasty cakes which, again, we shared between us.
All in all this was a relaxing afternoon in decadent surroundings with beautiful food, excellent service and a wonderful time spent with my family. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Thank you Experience Days, you gave me one to remember.
With many thanks to the wonderful people at Experience Days for letting us choose our experience