Cost – £18.50 (Nov 2015)

Background – This is the second time we have visited Waddesden Manor for their Festive Afternoon Tea. Each year is based around a different theme. In 2015 the theme was A French Royal Feast. The house is decorated for Christmas on a similar theme and makes for a delightful visit before tea. The tea is very popular and has to be pre-booked around September to ensure a space.

There were four of us enjoying this festive afternoon tea.

Contents – Mini croque monsieur, mini duck confit on crisp bread, mini roulade of cream cheese, herbs and garlic, mini French onion tart, mini salmon dauphinoise. 1 lemon scone, a mini bowl each of lemon curd and of clotted cream. Small piece of gateau opera, mini flan patisserie Brule, raspberry macaroon, mini madeleine. Tea made with tea bags.

Comments – This was a special festive afternoon tea based on a French royal feast. We were first brought two round black metal teapots.


The savouries arrived on individual white oblong plates. It was well laid out and looked appetising and interesting. Everything was fresh and very tasty. Whilst each item was quite small in size we felt there was adequate savoury food available.


The cakes and scones were then brought out on a three tier white china cake stand each. Again the items were all rather on the small side but were fresh and very tasty. I felt the scone in particular could have been larger.


It was nice to have lemon curd for the scones instead of the usual jam. The quantities of cream and lemon curd were adequate but only just.


The Opera gateau and the mini flan were my favourites of the cakes

There was a limited choice of teas to choose from. The tea was a little on the strong side but was hot. There was plenty enough in the teapots for two plus cups each. We were offered a refill.


Sandwiches 1.5
Scone 1.0
Jam 1.5
Cream 1.5
Cake (variety) 1.0
Cake (quality) 1.5
Tea 1.5
Presentation 1.5
Service 1.0
Value 1.0
Total 13.0