Cost – £38.95 (July 2020)
Parking and Access – This tea was taken in the inside area of the venue. There is one small step up to enter the venue. The toilets are up a flight of stairs with no alternative access. There is on-street parking available in front of the venue.
Background – We have gone back to a postal delivery option with this Afternoon Tea. We decided it would be interesting to try the Sweet and Savoury Devon Tea option offered by Delimann, from whom we have had good hampers before.
Contents per person – Two sandwiches (Black Bomber cheddar cheese and Delimann Farmhouse Chutney). The sandwiches were not included in the Tea but were made using the cheese and chutney that did come with the Tea. One large medium cheese scone each. Plus a truckle of Snowdonia Cheese Company Black Bomber Cheddar Cheese, a jar of Delimann Farmhouse Chutney and a large packet of Burts crisps between two. One large medium plain scone each. Plus a jar of Delimann Strawberry Jam and a medium sized tub of Langage Farm Clotted Cream between two. A large piece of yogurt topped flapjack and half of a packet of Delimann Clotted Cream Fudge. A small bottle of Luscombes Sicilian Lemonade and a packet of Delimann Afternoon Tea Blend teabags. We also added a locally made passion fruit tart.
Options available – The bottle of drink that came with the Tea was chosen from a choice of either a bottle of Luscombes fruit drink, Luscombes Devon cider or Black Tor DPA beer.
Comments – We ordered our Afternoon Tea online to arrive on a specific date. It arrived on that date, delivered by DPD.
It was delivered in a large brown box marked ‘perishable goods’ and ‘Fragile’.
Inside the outer box was a brown Delimann’s hamper box which read ‘open immediately, enjoy at your leisure’.
Inside this box was all the Afternoon Tea items, with the glass items wrapped in bubble wrap.
There were two silver insulated packages containing the clotted cream and the cheese truckle. These packages also contained a tiny ice pack. I put the two packages in the fridge until needed.
There was also crumpled cardboard packing material and wood shavings to protect the contents of the box. All was in a perfect condition within the box.
For this Tea, we chose crockery with a picture of a trees on it.
The teapot we chose had a picture of cats on it. We used a white milk jug with a blue line. The tea was made with the Afternoon Tea Blend teabags that came in the hamper.
It was a nice flavour and was the perfect strength for us.
We served the Afternoon Tea on our round two-tier cake stand with slate plates. The tart was served on a separate cake stand decorated with strawberries.
The sandwiches were not included in the delivered Tea, so I made my own using the cheese and chutney that came in the hamper.
The bread was our current favourite roasted seeds loaf from a local bakery. Both the cheese and the chutney were delicious. Specially the cheese! The bread was also great, so we definitely enjoyed the sandwiches!
However, this time we also had a cheese scone each. We warmed the scones in the oven beforehand, then split them and topped them with butter, cheese and chutney. The scones were perfectly light and were very, very good!
We accompanied them with some of the Burt’s crisps that came with the hamper.
They were the ‘kettle’ type of crisps in sea salt and were very good. They accompanied the sandwiches and cheese scones perfectly.
We also warmed the plain sweet scones in the oven. They were a good size and again, were light and very tasty. They could only have been bettered if they had been fruit scones instead of plain, in my opinion!
The jam provided was fruity and had pieces of strawberry in it. There was plenty for scones, with lots left over for another day.
There was also plenty enough of the clotted cream, with about half left over. We used the remaining cream with our fruit tart.
The yogurt topped flapjack was really good. It was not a sticky flapjack but also had some fruit in it and had a fruity taste with the fruit swirled yogurt topping. It was a good-sized piece each and we both enjoyed it.
We had decided to leave the clotted cream fudge to enjoy later. Instead we had added a passion fruit tart from Maison Clement bakery. It was super delicious and I would recommend it to everyone!
When we ate the fudge on a separate occasion, it was nice and creamy, with enough pieces for sharing between us.
As usual, I am scoring these postal Afternoon Teas in a slightly different way. I have based my presentation score on the way the package was presented and the state it was in when it arrived.
On this occasion, I have scored the savoury part as a whole instead of just the sandwiches, as this was an important part of this particular Tea.
Finally, I have based my service score on the service we received from the on-line company. On this case, the website was well presented and clear, and everything arrived as it should.
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