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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and what better way to treat her than a cosy Afternoon Tea for two overlooking a beautiful park and bandstand?
The Pavillion Cafe at Hanley Park opened it’s doors last month following a major refurbishment that brought the disused building back to life.
The building had been empty since 2004, but received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to renovate the centerpiece of the park.
The cafe is offering Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea for two for £25, which includes two trays of assorted treats that I couldn’t wait to dig in to.
We were sat in one of the annex rooms – a private space perfect for hiring for small activities, like a book club or knitting group. The wall is decorated with Wedgwood-inspired wallpaper, with the odd willow plate mounted for good Staffordshire measure.
We sat on a table by the window and radiator, I, on a low orange sofa, and mum on a royal blue suede chair.
We were greeted by friendly staff and brought pots of tea and plates ready for our Afternoon Tea. The food came served on two-tier slate stands, and we instantly knew there was far too much food for us to tackle ourselves.
On each tray was six sandwiches, two pieces of hot sausage roll, two chocolate, black cherry and pistachio brownies, a millionaires shortbread and homemade scone with cream and jam. Mum and I tucked into ham salad, tuna, and egg mayo sandwiches before taking a bite of the warm pastry sausage roll – which was, on record, the most delicious sausage roll I’ve ever had. Do you know how many sausage rolls I’ve had in my 22 years?
Onto sweets, the brownies were rich and decadent, with a chewy berry topping and nutty crunch. The shortbread was – as always – my favourite part, since they’re my treat of choice for any occasion. The scone was the biggest homemade scone I’ve ever laid eyes on, and came with an individual glass jam jar and pot of Rodda’s clotted cream. Truth me told I only managed half, bringing the rest home with me!
Part way through we were asked if we would like more tea bringing in, and since I’m a 20-cups-a-day kind of girl (as is mum) we said yes, and continued to sip our tea whilst admiring the park through the window.
Hanley Park makes for a gorgeous walk on a sunny day, and would be the perfect place to treat your mum to a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea this weekend. For £25, you can’t beat it, as we came home with two takeaway boxes full of food as we were absolutely stuffed!
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