Cost – £12.95 (Mar 2016)
Background – On this occasion we were looking for somewhere that we could have an afternoon tea near somewhere we could go for a walk. The Lynford Hall Hotel is very close to the Lynford Arboretum which is a very pleasant place for an afternoons stoll through the trees so it fitted the remit perfectly.
Lynford Hall Hotel is a very grand looking building. It has been sadly neglected in recent times so areas of it are now not looking their best. However, it is still a pleasant place to visit.
Contents – 3 finger sandwiches (smoked salmon, cheese, ham). 1 fruit scone, a small bowl each of strawberry jam and clotted cream. A small pavlova, a profiterole and a tiny piece of banana sponge. Tea was bags.
Comments – We had a table reserved for us in the dining room. The table was set with white china on a white tablecloth.
We were brought a white china teapot between the two of us.
The rest of the Tea was presented to us on a three tier spindle cake stand with round white china plates.
The sandwiches were fresh and well filled. The ham was particularly good as it was hand carved and delicious. The only let down with the sandwiches was that there was only three each!
The scone was of a reasonable size. However, one of the scones (there were two of us having tea) was rather stale whilst the other tasted fresh. The portions of both strawberry jam and clotted cream were of a reasonably large size.
The cakes were a little lacking in variety and quantity. However, what was provided was of a good quality, fresh and tasty. The piece of banana cake was very small but was nice and moist. The Pavlova was particularly good.
The tea was made with tea bags. It was extremely strong so we drank some then asked for more water to be poured on in the hope that it would weaken it. It didn’t so I didn’t drink much of the tea.
Service was reasonably attentive to start with but everyone seemed to disappear later and we had to leave the dining room to find someone to pay!