Cream Tea Diaries – Hotel La Tour
After visiting Birmingham’s Hotel la Tour’s Aalto a few months back for dinner we were invited back to enjoy High Tea (though purists could argue this is really Afternoon Tea). As a belated birthday / end of term treat I decided to take Hotel la Tour up on their offer and return with my sister.
We were seated in the lounge area where a 3-tiered stand was waiting for us. There were a few other guests (I think they were tourists) in the lounge, who were curious as to what we were about to be served. I had seen sneaky peeks of what would be served on the day thanks to Glamour in the County’s blog. While our plate didn’t seem to contain the inside out cucumber sandwiches others had been served previously the fillings of the sandwiches ( ham & mustard, cucumber, egg and salmon) were generous and my sister commented on how good the smoked salmon sandwiches were. The ham and mustard sandwiches were my favourite.
However, the highlight of the savoury bites were the soldiers with Welsh rarebit dip. A delicious twist on the afternoon tea; just like the hot sandwich at Swinfen Hall. I could have quite happily have eaten the rest of the dip with a spoon.
After the sandwiches we started on the oven fresh scones. Small, yet fluffy and light. They had been topped with dried strawberries. After the scones we moved on to the hotly anticipated mini desserts. There was jaffa cake, a mini version of one of the desserts served there; a mini treacle tart; Eton Mess, two tiny meringues sandwiched together with cream and two raspberries hidden inside and finally a delicious Walnut Whip. I’m not a fan of the same named sweet, but this dessert was wonderful. One I’d happily eat again!
This was all served with a pot of tea each and some Earl Grey Bellini. I’m not sure I could taste the earl grey in the bellini, but it will still a delicious cocktail. We were very glad we did our clothes shopping before heading for Afternoon Tea as we were thoroughly stuffed by the end. Although some would claim it’s an etiquette sin, I asked if the remaining sandwiches and scones could be boxed up for me to take home.
What we both liked about afternoon tea at Hotel la Tour was that we were not rushed and the sweet treats available were a bit different from the norm. Its location in Birmingham makes it a great place to have a rest after shopping in the busy Bullring. In all the times I’ve had afternoon tea I think this is the first time I’ve drunk cocktails with it. I think it should include cocktails more often! Roadworks are still going on outside the hotel, although they should have been finished a few weeks back. Hopefully once these have finished more people will become aware of Hotel la Tour.
We were the guests of Hotel La Tour who kindly paid for Afternoon Tea. All words and opinions are our own. A big thank you to Sue & Hotel La Tour who invited us along.