About a month ago, I was super lucky to be contacted by the lovely people over at Living North to let me know I’d won Champagne afternoon tea for 2 at the West Park Hotel in Harrogate. I decided to treat my mum to an afternoon out in Harrogate for afternoon tea and a spot of shopping and off we ventured on Sunday just gone. The hotel is easy to find and not too far from the city centre shops so it was a nice sunny walk for us to enjoy.
The decor is modern with plush chairs of all different styles and sizes dotted around tables or various sizes as well. We were greeted by staff at reception almost immediately and taken to our reserved booth near the front of the hotel. The waiter who took us over did explain that they were running a little slow that morning after having a couple of events on the previous evening so we were prepared for a bit of a wait and ordered a coke each to pass the time.
Not long later, a waitress came out to confirm we were having Afternoon tea and stated that someone would be with us shortly. Sure enough our tray of treats soon came along and we started to tuck in.
Please excuse my mum’s attempt to get out the photo! We had a selection of sandwiches on the bottom slate including Ham & Pickle, Egg & Cress, Salmon & Cream Cheese and Prawn & Cucumber. Needless to say we tucked in and enjoyed the offerings before moving onto the sweet selection.
On the top slate was a couple of fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, a chocolate sponge with dark chocolate ganache topping, 2 macarons, 2 meringue nests and 4 slices of homemade Battenberg. I absolutely loved the Battenberg as I love Marzipan and the chocolate sponge was lovely and light too which was a surprise. I’m not a huge fan of macaron’s in general but these were a nice surprise and since they were only small it wasn’t too sweet.
Mum was worried that she wouldn’t be full after eating the tea but after a glass of champagne, a full afternoon tea, an Americano each and a bottle of coke, we were nice and full and ready to go shopping.
The one thing I would say about the whole experience was that the service did seem a little slow throughout and nobody was in a hurry to clear tables despite lots of staff walking around and not being overrun with customers. Champagne afternoon tea is £18.95 and for the price, I have definitely experienced better service and nicer food options as well.
Would I go back?
Both mum and myself decided we wouldn’t return but it has given us the taste and made us want to try out more places in the future.
Is it value for money?
Personally the meal was filling and looking at other customers meals in the restaurant, the portions were generous and did look good. I would say their overall menu is value for money but the afternoon tea just didn’t hit the spot for me.
I thought I’d share some of the more unusual decor that I spotted in the hotel to end this post…
Coloured dogs heads in the toilets?!
A huge blue velvet sofa just outside the toilets.
Copper leaves as lighting which looked really cool on the staircase.
I hope you’ve liked this post and leave your links in the comments if you’ve been for afternoon tea somewhere in Yorkshire that you think I should check out.