Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Afternoon Tea at The Grosvenor Chester

I took my Mum to the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester for afternoon tea to celebrate Mothers Day this year. It was such a nice treat for the both of us. I was particularly excited because I've never actually been into the Grosvenor before. Chester is the city I grew up going shopping to on a Saturday afternoon and the sight of the concierge in top hat and tails outside the door never failed to impress....

We were booked in for afternoon tea at The Grosvenor Chester at 12pm on a Saturday. It was the day before Mothers Day so it was very busy in the hotel with lots of mums, daughters and families. After being seated and talked through the various afternoon tea packages on offer, I ordered the traditional afternoon tea which was £24.99 and my mum ordered the champagne afternoon tea which was £37.

The waiter then brought over a box of the various teas on offer and talked us through them. I selected Moroccan Mint and my mum chose English Breakfast. The tea was brought over in shiny silver tea pots with little protectors around the handle to stop you burning your hand.

The food was served on a traditional three tiered stand with finger sandwiches at the top, scones in the middle and a selection of fresh cakes at the bottom. The waiter had very attentively took note of my dietary requirements and was sure to explain what each of the sandwiches contained when they came over.

One of the nice touches was when the waiter came over and offered us additional sandwiches - which we accepted - and did not have to pay extra. After about an hour and a half, a lot of chatting, eating, drinking and people watching we paid the bill and collected our coats, thanking the waiter as we left.

I recommend The Grosvenor Chester for afternoon tea as you get the glamour of walking into the beautiful hotel lobby yet the afternoon tea room itself is not overly stuffy, in fact its quite lively probably due to how many people were in that weekend for Mothers Day. The food is perfectly soft and fresh and the staff are more than helpful if you have any dietary requirements. Afternoon tea at The Grosvenor displayed all the signs of grandeur yet the atmosphere felt very relaxed making the whole experience one to remember.

The Grosvenor Chester
Eastgate, Chester CH1 1LT
01244 324024

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