Cost – £9.95 (Sept 2014)
Background – Bill’s Restaurant is a national chain. The Bill’s in Cambridge is situated in Green Street, a back road that runs between Trinity Street and Sidney Street.
The interior of Bill’s Restaurant is a very industrial look with exposed pipework etc..
Contents – 4 finger sandwiches (smoked salmon, ham and tomato, egg mayonnaise and cucumber). 1 small fruit scone, a dish each of strawberry jam and clotted cream. A slice of chocolate sponge cake, a lemon meringue tartlet, a strawberry tartlet and a piece of sticky oaty seedy slice, all cakes were between the two of us (ie one of each to share). Tea was made with tea bags.
Comments – First of all we were brought a large red enamel teapot between us plus a small jug of milk each.
The rest of the tea was presented on a nice black three tier cake stand with pretty glass plates.
The sandwiches were all fresh. However they were generally poorly filled.
Unfortunately the scone was badly overcooked and was very small. However, away from the burnt exterior it was light and would have been tasty if it had been cooked correctly. There was enough strawberry jam for the two scones but there was not enough clotted cream.
The cakes were all very tasty. The tartlets had nice crisp pastry and the cake had lovely moist sponge. However, none of the sweet items were particularly large and there was only one of each item. This meant they either needed to be each cut in half to be shared (thus making the pieces even smaller) or each person would only get two pieces each and you would have to decide who got what. Not an ideal situation.
The tea was a little on the weak side but was good and hot on arrival. There was enough for two good cups each. There was a choice of teas available and we were able to obtain a refill of the pot. However, when the bill arrived we noticed we had been charged extra for the second pot. We had not been told it would cost extra. This is the only time we have been charged for a refill of a teapot.