The Marsh Cat in Parkgate. A jewel in the Leisure Peninsula's crown, there is hardly a Wirral family who hasn't celebrated some kind of family occasion in The Marsh Cat, and if they haven't, they have been missing out.
The MC/The Bog Mog/The Rezzie as it is colloquially known by some has recently started serving afternoon tea for £9.95 a head between 2.30pm and 4pm. My friend was home this weekend from London so we decided to book a table for afternoon tea to celebrate her birthday.
I have been for afternoon tea at three different venues in the past year - two in London (The Athenaeum Hotel and One Aldwych) and one in Manchester (The Radisson) - and all were formal, suited and booted, stand on ceremony kind of affairs. Afternoon tea at The Marsh Cat is different. Its relaxed, its friendly, the crockery is mismatched and vintage, you're more likely to sit next to a table of pensioners than a table of botoxed WAGS like you get in some afternoon tea venues and you get stunning views of the Welsh hills out of the window.
The tea is served in nice floral tea pots (you don't get a tea menu) and the finger sandwiches and cakes are served on a chintzy cake stand like the one in the photograph. We had egg and cress and ham sandwiches which were demolished pretty quickly. The chef Phil came over to say hello and clearly sensed we liked our food and kindly brought some additional sandwiches made of smoked salmon and also duck with cherry sauce.
Two hours of eating, drinking, laughing and chatting later, we settled our bill and said our goodbyes and all agreed what a lovely time we'd had. If you're looking for afternoon tea in the Wirral/Cheshire area I would definitely recommend The Marsh Cat. It is what it is. Soft finger sandwiches and a selection of cakes with scones, clotted cream and jam washed down with a nice brew in a local restaurant known for its laid back class.