Afternoon Tea at Stoke Rochford Hall


Afternoon tea is one of those quintessentially British things that most of us enjoy. The delicate finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and of course, the pots of tea.   
Stoke Rochford Hall, located in Grantham, is a stately hotel surrounded by picturesque grounds that roll for acres. It exudes grandeur and history, it once was the home to Kesteven College of Education but now plays host to golf, weddings, conferences and much more, including Afternoon Tea.

On a Saturday afternoon, myself and some family members descended upon Stoke Rochford to get a taste of their delectable sandwiches and scones. 




The rooms did not disappoint with their high ceilings and carefully chosen decoration, the ambiance felt great. The tables were decked with display books and looked out onto the gardens and, in the distance, the golf course. 


We were given a choice of teas, coffee, hot chocolates and wine to accompany the food. I opted for a classic English breakfast tea, but others also sampled the hot chocolate and coffee. 


The waiters produced an arrany of sandwiches and cakes. At the time of booking they were conscious to ask for any dietary requirements to ensure all were catered for. 


And of course, the final course, warm scones with cream and jam. But the all important question is, do you put the cream or the jam on first??


All of this cost £19.95 per person, however would I recommend this to anyone? No.

We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, although I had pre-booked this weeks in advance. Once seated our drinks order was taken but when the drinks arrived they were cold. The food was also disappointing the above picture was the platter for 4 people, when asked for extra we were told that they only make enough for the amount of people that book on that day. There was also no explanation as to what anything was, it was a game of Surprise Surprise.

So, for £19.95 per person, you get;
- 1 pot of tea, chocolate, coffee or wine
- 3 finger sandwiches
- 2 squares of cake 
- 1 macaroon
- cake pop
- 1 cream pot
- 2 bite size scones 

Having experienced afternoon tea at Burghley House and The Haycock hotel, this paled in comparison. It may be that they were understaffed on the day, or there was some reason as to why service was slow etc so I would be willing to give it a second chance however, I don't think you got a lot for your money. No refill of tea, everything could be eaten in 2 bites or less, no extras - even for children. 

All in all, the setting was lovely, the hotel would be a fabulous venue for a wedding, and the roast dinners looked and smelt mouthwateringly delicious, but unfortunately the trip was a disappointment. 

Perhaps next time will be better!!

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