Cost – £22.50 for two (Nov 2013)
Background – We found the York Cocoa House on a weekend trip to York. We had tried to book afternoon tea in the Belmont Room at Bettys, which is my favourite place to eat in York. We were unable to get in but quickly found this little café just up the road from Bettys. We initially went in to buy chocolate, which they make on the premises, but when we saw they served a chocolate afternoon tea we just had to try it out!
We sat near the window in the packed café. There were four of us together. We all chose the Chocolate Afternoon Tea.
Contents – Four chocolate based savoury items (Chocolate crostini (2 topped with tapanade and 2 topped with green pesto and Wensleydale cheese), mini rarebit (with chocolate sprinkles) and a chicken mole wrap cut into two halves), 1 very large chocolate chip and cherry scone, a pot of strawberry jam, clotted cream, a small piece of chocolate brownie and a piece of fudge fridge cake and a large pot of tea.
Comments – The table was laid with a white tea service with a round white teapot.
The afternoon tea was served on a pretty three tier china cake stand. The savoury items were a little ‘interesting’! Personally, I did not like the crostini very much and the rarebit and the wrap were a little unusual. However, others in our party did like them all. Everything was fresh.
The scones were really good. They were lovely and big and very tasty. There were plenty of cherries and chocolate chips in them. We were initially served with barely enough jam but we were asked for and were given a refill. Just enough clotted cream given the size of the scones.
The two pieces of ‘cake’ were on the small side but were absolutely delicious. Fridge cake is always a big favourite with me!
The tea was made with bags. The tea arrived some time before the cake stands arrived which meant the tea had gone cold by the time we actually started the tea. As one of the alternative choices was to have hot chocolate this could be a big problem.