Would afternoon tea everyday be too indulgent?
As you know from Afternoon tea at The Dorchester I adore taking afternoon tea and if I could do it everyday I would, although I wouldn't get anything else done and I would end up being the size of a house, so it's probably a good job that this is an occasional occurrence. Having taken afternoon tea at The Dorchester, The Ritz and Claridges the bar has been well and truly set. So when I read about the Hyatt's afternoon tea on the blog I Am Into This I knew I had to try it. Not only did the photos on the review entice me, but the Hyatt is not far away and having visited for drinks before, I know it is a lovely hotel. The perfect excuse to visit came last Sunday, when three generations of my family, celebrated one of my cousins birthday. It was an extra special weekend as she was over here as a surprise to celebrate one of our uncles birthday, so it really was a truly celebratory weekend. We all have a sweet tooth so what better way to spend some quality time together and celebrate than taking afternoon tea.
We were greeted by the maître d' who took our coats and seated us towards the rear of the restaurant, which is situated in the main reception area of the hotel. We were blessed with a lovely sunny day which shone through the glass ceiling and gave some great lighting for our photos. The restaurant was busy with ladies lunching and couples enjoying Sunday lunch. I must say these were of an older age and I wondered if we would disturb them, as we can be quite vocal when we are all together nattering away. Apart from SBA, who had Earl Grey tea, we all ordered speciality coffees and awaited our afternoon tea to be served. This gave us a chance to catch up as we hadn't seen each other since the day before!
We didn't have to wait long to be served with two stands filled to the brim with sandwich squares and the most lovely pasteries.
One stand had candles in the pastries for my cousins birthday.
We all agreed that this certainly rivalled anything we had had at The Dorchester, The Ritz or Claridges. The only difference between the Hyatt and these are that you don't get your stand replenished. But for half the price we didn't think that it was a problem. There was a nice selection of sandwiches which included beef and horseradish, salmon and cream cheese, egg and cress, and tuna. There was a lot of sharing happening as some people didn't like certain sandwiches while others did. Then it was time for the home made scones. There were both plain and fruit, with a generous helping of jam and clotted cream.
At this point we all needed to take a little rest. You don't realise how full you get by eating small portions. We ordered another round of coffees and continued to natter. It was lovely to be having a truly girly afternoon, as my cousin does not live in the UK, the time we were spending together was even more special. It didn't take us long to start on the pastries. My favourites were the strawberry tart and macarons. Although not quite the same as Ladurée Macarons (have you tried Ladurée macarons?) they were lovely in their own way. We couldn't finish all the cakes and they kindly put the rest in a box for us to take home.
The service we received throughout was very good. We all agreed that for £19pp this was excellent value and we will definitely be back. If you live locally to Birmingham I'd throughly recommend you to try it. It would make a great experience if you were visiting Birmingham shopping or for a girly weekend.
Afternoon tea everyday....I'd be happy to indulge!
For service, quality of food and value for money
LB rating 8/10
Lula Belle x