Cost – £12.95 (Aug 2013)
Background – Southwold is a pretty seaside town in Suffolk. It is famous for its lighthouse and for being the home of the Adnams brewery. There is also a pier out over the sea and many brightly coloured beach huts.
The Swan is a well known hotel in the town. It is owned by the Adnams company. Afternoon Tea is served in the lounge area of the hotel though we were sat at a table with wooden dining chairs.
Contents – 4 finger sandwiches (cucumber, smoked salmon, egg, cheese spread), fruit cake, carrot cake, shortbread, large fruit scone, jam and clotted cream. Pot of tea.
Comments – The tea was served on 2 large metal oval platters. One containing the sandwiches, the other containing the cakes. tea was served in a stainless steel teapot with a second pot of hot water and a jug of milk. We were also given a tea strainer.
The sandwiches were rather disappointing. They were very dry as though they had been made some hours earlier. They were also rather under filled. The cucumber had gone slimy and the thin egg mayonnaise was running out of the bread onto the platter.
The fruit scone was of a good size. It was reasonably fresh. There was plentiful Adnams strawberry jam and enough clotted cream for the two of us.
The shortbread biscuit was nice and tasty. The fruit cake was a little odd but was moist. However, the carrot cake was very stale, crumbled into tiny pieces when touched and was tasteless. It was covered in a layer of thin icing. A real disappointment.
Finally the tea was made with loose tea leaves. There were far too many and it was rather stewed. The teapot was only small and contained barely enough for two tea cups.
Service was poor and we were disappointed in the way the Afternoon Tea was served to us. There were also lots of flies in the room which made it a little unpleasant.