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Afternoon Tea

  • InBrand Collaborations, Family

    A Festive Afternoon Tea at Wyevale Garden CentreĀ 

    We were recently invited along to our local Wyevale garden centre for a festive afternoon tea with Father Christmas. I had seen lots of blogger friends rave about their experience so was really looking forward to going along ourselves.

    Our visit didn’t get off to a very good start sadly as when we arrived they had no record of my booking for some reason so therefore there was no table laid up for us which was a bit disappointing. We were asked to take a seat by one of of Father Christmas’s elves while they made up a table for us which seemed to take much longer than probably necessary.

    Bella was beginning to get restless but luckily once we were seated our food arrived fairly promptly. Josh and I got a three tiered cake stand full of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam and a selection of mini cakes. Our afternoon tea was absolutely delicious, I honestly couldn’t fault it and we quickly forgot about our previous booking / seating issues. Bella had a children’s lunch bag which included a sandwich and a selection of snacks which she was very impressed with and thoroughly enjoyed tucking into.

    There was Christmas music playing in the background, lots of lovely festive decorations in the cafe and even Christmas crackers on the table, which Bella enjoyed pulling although she outright refused to wear one of the hats, despite my efforts of saying it was a crown like Queen Elsa’s! Also on the table there was some colouring & crayons which kept Bella amused in between eating. Alongside the colouring, there was a gingerbread biscuit, a tube of icing and some decorations on the table for the children to decorate the biscuit with, Bella really enjoyed doing this and it was probably one of her favourite parts of the whole experience.

    Whilst we were eating the big man himself made an appearance and took the time to come round to each table and speak to every child which was so lovely. Father Christmas then made his was over to his grotto and each family took it in turns to take the children up for photos with him and to choose a gift. I was super impressed with the selection or presents available, definitely the best I have seen so far. Bella chose a mermaid doll which she was absolutely made up with as her current favourite book is the singing mermaid.


    We left Wyvale with full tummies and a very happy three year old. Overall it was a lovely experience and one I will definitely do again next year! My only criticism would be that the lighting was very low which made taking nice photos for this post near to impossible, a bloggers worst nightmare šŸ˜‰

    Harriet xo


    *We were kindly invited along by Wyvale for complimentary afternoon tea for the purpose of this post. All opinions are of course my own*

  • InLifestyle

    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 forĀ 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 hadnā€™t ever been before butĀ 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 dĆ©cor. 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 whichĀ made me smile!

    We orderedĀ The Secret Pantry Afternoon Tea for three which was Ā£9.50 per personĀ 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 couldnā€™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 incredibleĀ sticky toffee cake. All of the cakes are home made at The Secret Pantry and all of the food was divine, we couldnā€™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. Iā€™m all forĀ supporting local businesses where possible so I thought that was a really nice touch.

    We didnā€™t need one but I did notice that there were high chairs available, they also had a very reasonable childrenā€™s menu as well as plastic cups for little ones.Ā There was also a changing mat in the toilets which is always handy too.

    Overall we had a lovely timeĀ and enjoyed one of the best Afternoon Teaā€™s I have ever eaten! If you are local to TenterdenĀ I would highly recommend popping in. Weā€™ll definitely be paying The Secret Pantry a visit again very soon.

    You can follow The Secret Pantry onĀ Facebook,Ā TwitterĀ or see theirĀ websiteĀ for more information.














    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo