Cost – £17.50 per person (Oct 2021)
Parking and Access – There is no parking at the venue. However, there is a carpark that is not far away. It is just a short walk from the Tea Room.
There are no steps to enter the Tea Room. However, the toilet facilities are upstairs.
Background – I had spotted this Tea Room during previous visits to the area and had put it on my list of places to visit when we were next in Bournemouth.
I rang the Dot Teas to make a booking. We had our final booking in place for our trip.
Contents per person – Four triangular sandwiches (cheese and chutney, ham and tomato, egg mayonnaise, cream cheese and cucumber) plus some lettuce leaves. One small/medium fruit scones, a small bowl of strawberry jam and a small bowl of clotted cream. A butterfly cake, a square of white chocolate and raspberry blondie, a square of chocolate and Turkish delight brownie and a small piece of pink rose water fudge. Pot of tea or cup of coffee.
Options Available – A bottle of prosecco could be added to the Afternoon Tea.
Comments – On arrival at Dot Teas, we were shown to a table reserved for us near the front window. It is a small Tea Room with only around four or five tables of various sizes. There is also a small upstairs area where a baby shower was taking place when we visited.
The table was laid with a lace runner across it and a pile of two non-matching vintage plates topped with a napkin, a cake fork and a knife.
We were asked what we would like to drink. We both chose English Breakfast tea, and added a cold drink each as well.
The sandwiches arrived first. They were on a vintage cake plate with a carrying handle.
The sandwiches had just been freshly made and were all reasonably well filled.
Our cold drinks arrived next,
followed by the tea. The tea was in a white china teapot accompanied by a vintage milk jug.
The tea was made with loose leaf tea which was trapped in a cage in the teapot. This time the tea was not too strong for us. It was about perfect. We were offered a refill later on, which we accepted.
When we had finished the sandwiches, the rest of the Afternoon Tea was brought over. It was on a two-tier cake stand with pretty plates with a flower motif on them.
The scones were a small medium size, and were fruit scones. They had been warmed through and were very good. We both enjoyed them.
There was just about enough of both jam and cream for the size of the scones. The jam appeared to be homemade and was tasty.
There was a good selection of cakes on the top layer of the cake stand. All of which were fresh and very good. I was a bit worried about both the brownie, which had Turkish delight in, and the rose water fudge, as I don’t particularly enjoy the rose flavour. However, I needn’t have worried, as neither was strongly flavoured and both proved delicious. We enjoyed all of the cakes, with the very surprising winner being the fudge!
Service was friendly and helpful throughout.
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