Afternoon Tea – White Swan Tearoom
Hello everyone. During 2018 I’ve made it my goal to try to meet as many Twitter friends as possible. My twitter bestie is the fabulous Julie who writes Picking Up Toys. Despite living fairly close to one another and being friends on Twitter for the last few years we had until last weekend never met in person.
We finally rectified that when we met last Saturday afternoon for afternoon tea. Julie is every bit as fabulous and funny as she comes across on Twitter. Of course due to GDPR I couldn’t possibly tell you anything about what went on in our conversations. Instead I’m going to tell you more about the tea room.
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White Swan Tea Room, Monmouth
The tea room can be found at the top end of Monmouth. Julie initially contacted the tea room by phone to book a table for us. At the time she told them she had a nut allergy and they recorded this with the booking. I later contacted them via Facebook to alter the booking (after Mr A decided afternoon tea wasn’t for him).
During my Facebook conversation I was given an indication of the service we could expect from the tea room. Mary, the owner asked me if there were any sandwich fillings or cakes that we particularly liked or disliked. I was very surprised as most tea rooms have set menus and beyond catering for food allergies, they are not negotiable. As it was Julie and myself are both happy eaters, so with the exception of smoked salmon we were good with anything.
The Tea Room
The tea room is set in a sweet little courtyard, just off of Church Street. It is quite small which suits me as it wasn’t crowded or too noisy. However because of its size I would advise people to book for afternoon tea. The decor was typically Victorian and very much appealed to my steampunk self.
Something else that the tea room has which I thought was lovely was a dog friendly policy.
We arrived a little early, and our table was already set for us. I was very pleased to see that decaf coffee was on offer and we both ordered a pot while waiting for our food.
Our little sandwiches were bought out and then Mary the owner came out to say hello. Mary spent about 5 minutes with us. Telling us about all the beautiful things she had prepared for us to eat and specifically explaining the precautions she had taken that day to ensure Julie’s allergies were catered for. Mary had made sure no food containing nut products were prepared or served in the tea room that day. I was really surprised and delighted by this level of care and attention.
At the end of the day a tea room can be beautifully set out and have fantastic staff, and still disappoint if the food isn’t spot on. There really was no need to fear that on a visit to this tea room though, the food was superb.
First to come out was the sandwiches. Beautiful little fingers and triangles, crusts cut off with fillings of cheese, ham and cucumber. Topped off with a bowl of ready salted crisps, because you can never wrong with ready salted.
Next up was a little dish of fruit and cream. It was lovely and fresh (as opposed to defrosted fruit that I have been served in other places).
No afternoon tea is complete without a scone and this didn’t disappoint. The scones were huge and served warm. With BIG pots of clotted cream, real butter and little pots of jam.
After the scones came the cakes.
Oh. My. Word.
Just look at the cakes. Each one was perfectly bite sized and totally home-made.
The little jam tart was made with jam that was still a little tart, just the way I like it (as opposed to only being able to taste the sugar). It was every bit as good as my mum makes and that isn’t a compliment I give lightly.
I have to confess we failed in our quest to eat everything, and a handful of the cakes were packed up in a little goody bag.
The price of the afternoon tea was £15.95 per person. This is fantastic value for money. I will definitely be visiting again.
Have you experienced fantastic service from a business recently? Have you ever visited this particularly tea toom?
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