Afternoon tea used to be quite a rare treat but has now grown in popularity and can be found in almost every restaurant, cafe and backstreet eatery . I’ve tried a fair few in the last few years mostly in hotels, some have been good, others not so – the dark dingy Larkfield hotel is a prime example. So When I saw afternoon tea being advertised on Groupon at Creams British Luxury I snapped it up.
Not to be confused with the American gelato and dessert chain Creams, Creams British Luxury is a collection of independent tea rooms across the country. There are team rooms in London, Edinburgh, Norwich, Birmingham, Canterbury and lots more. The Canterbury tearoom is light and airy with delicious cakes lined up in a glass case begging to be eaten. When we got there our table had been reserved at the front of the store. We were quickly asked if we wanted tea or coffee and then sat back and waited for the afternoon tea.
When you think of an afternoon tea you know what to expect – little finger sandwiches with a selection of scones and cakes. At Creams British Luxury we were presented with rolls filled with chicken and cheese, scones with cream and jam, cupcakes, macaroons and some sort of green sponge (no idea what it was!).
It was nice to have something different from finger sandwiches although it would have been good to have a wider selection. My mum thought the cupcake tasted a little stale which was a bit disappointing but the scones were fresh and nice to eat. The staff were very attentive regularly asking if we were okay. A man who I believe was the owner even asked if we wanted a drink on the house which I found quite surprising!
There were lots of sugary treats on sale throughout the store including handmade chocolates all presented in beautiful gift boxes. The kids weren’t forgotten either with cute little teddy bears lining the shelves.
I really did enjoy our afternoon tea experience at Creams British Luxury. Whilst there definitely could have been a bit more variety in the roll fillings, the tearoom is really lovely and it’s set in a amazing historical backdrop. The staff were all really friendly and happy to help too. If you can’t eat it all they’re only too happy to give you a box to take your leftovers away.
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