A Birthday Afternoon Tea At The Secret Pantry

Afternoon Tea is probably one of my favourite things ever. So much so, that we actually opted for a three course afternoon tea for our Wedding breakfast! We served it on mis-matched vintage china along with glasses of bubbly and pots of tea. Everybody absolutely loved it and whenever I have an afternoon tea now it reminds me of all those lovely memories from our wedding day. So I suppose you could say it holds a special place in my heart.

My Sister and I decided it would be nice to treat our Mum to afternoon tea on her birthday so last Wednesday we headed to The Secret Pantry in Tenterden, Kent. I hadn’t ever been before but I had a quick look on their website and it sounded right up my street.

As soon as we walked in I noticed how The Secret Pantry had a very relaxed feel to it and I especially loved the décor. Lots of pastel fabrics covering the chairs and there was two shabby chic dressers lined with lots of beautiful vintage crockery, I even spotted a couple of the tea sets we had on our wedding day which made me smile!

We ordered The Secret Pantry Afternoon Tea for three which was £9.50 per person which I think is very reasonable as you can pay so much more elsewhere. The portions were extremely generous, there was plenty of food for three adults and a toddler, we even ended up taking some of the cake home as we couldn’t manage it all! We had a whole three tier cake stand stacked full of the most delicious finger sandwiches. There was a selection of egg mayonnaise, roast beef & horseradish, ham & mustard, smoked salmon & cream cheese and cheese & cucumber. On the second cake stand we had three warm fruit scones served with butter, clotted cream and the cutest miniature jars of strawberry jam. There was also four different types of cake each, yes, FOUR. We had slices of classic Victoria sponge, the richest, most indulgent chocolate brownie, bake well tart and an incredible sticky toffee cake. All of the cakes are home made at The Secret Pantry and all of the food was divine, we couldn’t fault a single thing!

I was very impressed to read that The Secret Pantry use as much local ingredients as possible, they had a whole list of local suppliers that they use up on the wall which I think is so lovely. I’m all for supporting local businesses where possible so I thought that was a really nice touch.

We didn’t need one but I did notice that there were high chairs available, they also had a very reasonable children’s menu as well as plastic cups for little ones. There was also a changing mat in the toilets which is always handy too.

Overall we had a lovely time and enjoyed one of the best Afternoon Tea’s I have ever eaten! If you are local to Tenterden I would highly recommend popping in. We’ll definitely be paying The Secret Pantry a visit again very soon.

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Thanks for reading
Harriet xo


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  • Chantal Milk&Nappies

    Wow this sounds so delicious! I am craving afternoon tea now, and also going to keep it in mind for when I get married – what a lovely idea! xx

    April 5, 2016 at 10:48 am Reply
  • Zoe Forde

    Beautifully classy way to celebrate your mum’s birthday! I’d love to do something like this for my mum’s bday coming up in July 🙂 x

    April 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply
  • Hannah | Make, Do & Push!

    Yum! Looks amazing! We had an afternoon tea for our wedding too – it was wonderful 🙂 xx

    April 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Sarah Cantwell

    Wow! It looks delicious. I hope you had a lovely time xx

    April 5, 2016 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • steph_baybee

    Oh that is so cute, I love little tea shops like that. Afternoon tea is one of my favourite things!

    April 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • Sarah HP

    Oh I love afternoon tea too, what a cute idea to have a afternoon tea wedding breakfast. This place looks completely lovely!

    April 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm Reply
  • Our Life as we see it

    Looks delicious! Will have to visit soon! X

    April 6, 2016 at 8:31 am Reply
  • My Little Babog Blog

    Oh mother of sweet divine, I need to check out this place. I love an afternoon tea. The decor, and tea cups and the food, beautiful.

    April 6, 2016 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid

    How beautiful is all that crockery! I love afternoon tea, one of my favourite things to do x

    April 7, 2016 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    Oh Harriet — I am totally and utterly with you!! What is it about afternoon tea eh? It’s the most lovely way to spend the afternoon!! A total treat — in every sense. Especially when you’re with lovely company! 🙂

    April 8, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      I’m so glad someone else shares my love for afternoon tea! 🙂 xxx

      April 9, 2016 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Charlotte

    I love afternoon tea and would have it 3 times a day of I could. Lovely photos!

    April 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      It’s such a lovely treat isn’t it! Thanks Charlotte xxx

      April 9, 2016 at 6:34 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Me too! Thanks lovely xo

      April 13, 2016 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Pat the Mum

    Awh, what a lovely treat! I bet your mum was delighted. Who doesn’t love a classy spot of afternoon tea? Especially during a spot of shopping.

    April 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Exactly! Shopping and afternoon tea would be my perfect day out! xo

      April 13, 2016 at 9:40 am Reply

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