Cost – £19.95 (Aug 2020)Parking and Access – There is a large car park to the rear of the site where the café is. It is just a short distance to walk back to the café, over gravel. It is also possible to drop people right by the entrance to the café.Access to the café is on the flat but there is a step up inside. It is possible to avoid this by using one of the exit doors. Access to the outside area is flat.There are toilets available outside of the building, next to the main entrance to the site, which is a short distance from the café itself. There is a disabled toilet available.Background – We were recommended to try Willingham Auctions Café by some friends. So, we tried it on weekend for some cake. The cake was really good, so we returned! That was good too, so we decided to book an Afternoon Tea.The café requires 48 hours’ notice for Afternoon Tea.Contents per person – four triangular sandwiches (egg mayonnaise, ham and tomato, tuna mayonnaise and cheese with chutney), with a small amount of salad. 1 large fruit scone, some mini butter pats, a mini Tiptree pot of strawberry jam and a pot of Rodda’s clotted cream. A macaroon, a slice of carrot cake, a piece of fruit flapjack and a piece of chocolate brownie. A pot of tea.Options available – There are no options available with this Afternoon Tea.Comments – There were four of us having Afternoon Tea at Willingham Auctions Café.On arrival, we were shown to a large round table. We were visiting during the coronavirus pandemic but felt very comfortable with the arrangements at the café. The tables were very well spaced out and the staff were all wearing visors or face masks.The table was laid with stoneware plates in a pale green colour with knives wrapped in a paper napkin and a glass.There was a bottle of water on the table for us.We were asked for our drinks as soon as we were settled. We ordered tea for three plus a glass of milk. The drinks arrived quickly. The tea arrived in a large black and white teapot along with milk in a white milk jug. Cups and saucers which matched the plates were also delivered. The glass of milk also arrived with the tea.The tea was a good strength for all of us and made a couple of cups each. We were then offered a refill, which we accepted.The Afternoon Tea arrived shortly after the drinks. First, the sandwiches were delivered on two large slates, then the rest of the Afternoon Tea arrived on two two-layer cake stands of the spindle type, with round slate plates.The sandwiches were all very well filled, although the filling could have been spread to edges a little better. They were all fresh and tasty. There was a nice amount of salad accompanying the sandwiches. The sandwiches were on a mix of brown and white breads.The large fruit scones were not warmed up but were well fruited and very tasty. Due to the size of the scones, there was barely enough of both jam and cream. Butter was also supplied. We all agreed the scones were very good.Apart from the macaroon, which was normal macaroon size, the cakes were all of a generous size. The macaroon was sticky and chewy, just how we like them. The carrot cake, we all agreed, was one of the nicest we had eaten for a long time. Moist and very tasty. Yummy! The flapjack was really sticky and contained plenty of fruit – perfect! Finally, the chocolate brownie was moist and delicious. All in all, an excellent cake section.Service was very good. The people were all friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. We felt comfortable and relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed our Afternoon Tea.
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