I finally finished maternity leave in September to return to work part-time. To say life has been chaotic is an understatement. Due to time and financial pressures that come hand in hand when you have a young family it can be tough to find quality grown-up time that isn’t interspaced with partly eaten rice cakes and the dulcet tones of Mr Tumble.
It’s a well-known fact I have a soft spot for Afternoon Tea. For both mine & Hub’s birthday my sister decided to treat us to afternoon tea at a venue of our choice with babysitting thrown in to boot. One wet and windy November weekend we headed to my homeland of Liverpool, LB safely wreaking havoc at the grandparents, for a spot of fine afternoon tea with views for miles and a celeb on the neighbouring table.
Before long we were taking the quick ride up in the lift to the 34th floor for the fanciest afternoon tea since Le Manoir. We were greeted with views over Liverpool that didn’t disappoint. There is something cosy about sitting 34 floors up with rain lashing against the window full in the knowledge that everything was ok because you had a glass of sparking rose Nyetimber in hand.
As my sister paid for our meal in gift vouchers we had a bit to spare so a strawberry mojito mocktail it was. As Hubs was driving I also had his glass of sparking rose. I’ve barely touched alcohol over the last 2 years so I decided two glasses of bubbly plus a cocktail would probably push me over the edge.
Panoramic 34’s festive afternoon tea launched a few days before we visited and it was popular choice among other tables there.
For sandwiches we had egg, turkey & cranberry, salmon, pork pâté. Fusspot me doesn’t eat smoked salmon but tha was no problem for them, they simply swapped the salmon starter for a blue cheese and poached pear salad and the salmon sandwich for cheese and caramelised onion chutney.
I’m always pleased to see when the sweet course on an afternoon tea as a good choice of different treats. Although 3/4 of the sweets featured chocolate they were so delicious this didn’t matter. The chocolate tart was just pipped to the post by the cheesecake as the favourite sweet of the day.
As for the celeb on the next table? Now that would be telling, but she did comment to us as to how fabulous our lunch looked.