Cost – £18.50 for two people (Aug 2014)
Background – Browns Restaurant is a national chain. The Browns in Cambridge is situated in the old Accident and Emergency department of the original Addenbrookes Hospital on Trumpington Road, which is a really interesting venue.
Contents – 4 tiny sandwiches (Coronation chicken, smoked duck, smoked salmon with sea herb mayonnaise, goats cheese with heritage tomato). 1 good sized well fruited scone, a dish with strawberry jam in, topped by a blob of clotted cream. A chocolate profiterole, a small piece of plain cake filled with strawberry and cream, a mini Pavlova topped with fruit and cream. Tea was loose leaf in an individual teapot.
Comments = The waitress first brought us a small plate each. There was a knife and fork each already on the table but they were of the largest size. Some minutes later she brought out the teapots, milk, a cup and saucer and a tea strainer each. We were also brought a jug of cold water to drink.
The rest of the tea was then brought out on a three tier cake stand with square white plates.
The sandwiches (which were mainly open) were tiny. The smallest I have ever seen. And they were not well filled. However, the fillings were interesting and tasty. It was just a pity there was so little of them. A couple of the sandwiches were on half of a slice of French stick!
The scone was good and fresh and had plenty of fruit in it. The jam was tasty but there was not enough for the two of us. The cream was served sitting on top of the jam so we had to remove it to get to the jam. There was nowhere near enough of it.
The cakes were very good. The profiterole was a little on the small side but the Pavlova was of a good size and had so much cream on it that I took some off and used it for the scone! The piece of sponge cake was not very large but was light, moist and tasty.
The teapots arrived only just over half full. There was only just enough for two cups and the tea got cold quite quickly. However, it was of a good strength. We were not offered a refill until long after we had finished the rest of the tea. There was no choice of tea.