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The Best Festive Afternoon Tea in Devon?

Earlier this week we were invited to Boringdon Hall Hotel to sample their unique Festive Afternoon Tea. Not only were we keen to get into the Christmas spirit, but we also couldn’t wait to see what unique twist Scott Paton and his team would put on this seasonal treat. Previous experience has given us high expectations of their afternoon teas and Christmastime is no exception.

If you haven’t read our review of the Boringdon Hall Tasting Menu yet, then you can find it here. Ordinarily, Boringdon is a beautiful destination for dining and treating yourself to afternoon tea or a spa day with friends. However, at Christmas the manor house is transformed to a whole new level of seasonal comfort.

Devon Afternoon Tea

Stepping into the Grand Hall, we were welcomed by one of the tallest Christmas trees I’ve ever seen, as well as a roaring fire and plenty of twinkling decorations. It’s the perfect setting for relaxing and getting into the Christmas mood. Festive Afternoon Tea is served 12-4pm everyday until 31st December and is £30 per person, including a glass of Mulled Wine (which I sadly didn’t realise until after I’d left!).

What’s on the Festive Afternoon Tea Menu?

There are plenty of playful elements to this spectacular Afternoon Tea. For starters, at the very top of the three tiers there were two adorable Snowman Macaroons. These delicious little macaroons were filled with a salted caramel sauce and were perfectly made. The top tier also contained Yule Log Santa Bellies, which seemed to have been laced with a delicate liqueur.

Devon Afternoon Tea

Next we enjoyed two pieces of iced Christmas Cake and two absolutely delightful ‘Figgy Pudding’ tarts. These mini treacle tarts were topped with a fig mousse and they were just divine. I want to know the recipe for those because I could happily have eaten three tiers of them!

The next tier contained fruit and traditional scones with homemade jam and fresh cream. While there was no festive twist to these, they were very nicely done.

As well as all of these sweet elements, we also got to tuck into some savoury treats. These included ham & cucumber finger sandwiches, a salmon blini (topped with caviar), coronation chicken vol-au-vents and mini Mediterranean tarts.

The Festive Afternoon Tea experience was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Not only was there plenty of delicious treats to enjoy, but Boringdon also delivers on the theatrics. The snowmen macaroons were a real taking point and the figgy tarts were incredible. I liked having the ability to choose from a tea menu at the outset and I can only imagine that a steaming glass of mulled wine would have been the cherry on top.

So, if you think this sounds like your cup of tea (pun intended) then I would certainly encourage you to book a visit while you still have time.


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5 comments

Gail | growinghealthykids.co.uk 28th November 2017 - 4:59 pm

Fab post. Those pictures are so inviting..i want a snowman macaroon! Ill be visiting Devon soon so i will definatley be looking this way.

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Katelynn 28th November 2017 - 5:00 pm

I am literally tea obsessed. I actually just went to high tea with my girlfriends for my birthday and this just makes me want to go again! The festive idea really gives it a nice touch for the holidays.

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Marcie 28th November 2017 - 5:04 pm

Oh wow! I love afternoon tea but I’ve never been to a holiday afternoon tea! This looks amazing! What a fun event!

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Dawnmarie 28th November 2017 - 5:15 pm

The snowman macaroons are cute and certainly eye catching. Figgy pudding tarts are new to me. I may go hunting for a recipe for those!

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Patricia 28th November 2017 - 5:26 pm

The snowman macaroons and all the food are decorated so nicely and awesomely! I have never actually had figgy pudding tarts before, and the only time I have heard of them is from a song by Bing Crosby! I bet they are good though!

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