Being British gives you a great excuse to be all over an afternoon tea! I mean, according to Downton Abbey, we’re supposed to have afternoon tea every day right?
I absolutely love a good afternoon tea purely because I just love cake, scones and cute sandwiches. I love it even better when you get a nice glass of bubbly to top it all off 😉 This is exactly what Ollie and I had recently at the beautiful Lewtrenchard Manor.
Nestled within the rolling hills of Devon, close to Okehampton, Lewtrenchard Manor is an enchanting luxury hotel with a rich an extensive history. First mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086AD, the manor oozes British history and charm. Surrounded by the most beautiful gardens, I fell in love whilst walking up the long drive.
Excited to enjoy a champagne afternoon tea in this gorgeous hideaway, we took our seats in the quaint and quiet courtyard. Luckily, we had a bit of sunshine so it was nice to be able to sit outside and relax for a change.
The afternoon tea itself was amazing. The sandwiches cakes and scones were presented well on the cake stand and we couldn’t wait to dig in! Our afternoon tea included: ham and mustard, cucumber and cream cheese and salmon sandwiches; carrot cake; chocolate praline profiterole; mango and coconut soufflé and plain and fruit scones with plenty of clotted cream and jam.
I honestly couldn’t fault anything. The scones were freshly made and still warm from the oven, the salmon sandwiches were exquisite with nice, thick cuts of salmon between the bread (with the crusts cut off! So Downton…) and I loved the carrot cake which was topped with a generous portion of cream cheese frosting. The champagne was one of the best glasses I have ever tasted, filled with bubbles which didn’t stop fizzing. We also liked how they offered you a wide selection of tea. There was a whole menu just for tea with everything from your standard breakfast tea to Cinnamon Chai. I’m not that adventurous with my tea so opted for the breakfast which was made with fresh tea leaves and came in a traditional teapot.
The staff were so welcoming as well. We were greeted with a great smile and our waiter made the effort to chat to us as well which was a nice touch. With our bellies stuffed full with sandwiches, cake and tea, we had a walk around the gardens before we left. This is definitely worth doing if you visit Lewtrenchard Manor as they are kept in a lovely condition and there’s loads of little paths and secret passageways to explore.
I can’t recommend Lewtrenchard Manor enough. If you are local then you have no excuse not to try it but if you are planning to come to Devon for a holiday, definitely put this place on your to do list!