Back over the bank holiday myself and some of my favourite ladies ventured to Grand Cafe in Southampton to celebrate Jess’s 21st birthday. We decided to surprise the birthday princess with a fabulous afternoon tea at the luxurious venue with the most to die for interiors, mismatched crockery and stunning fibre optic lighting. The afternoon tea costs £17.50 per person and you can add a chilled glass of champagne for an extra £7.
We took our seats around the gigantic table lusting over the divine crockery and gorgeous design before deciding on our unlimited tea choices for the afternoon. I opted for English breakfast tea as I am not very adventurous and prefer a simple and understated tea as opposed to a fruity one. Then our glorious stands of food arrived with three layers of finger sandwiches, scones and the petit fours of the day. The sandwiches were egg mayonnaise and cress, poached chicken with lemon and thyme mayonnaise, smoked salmon with beetroot creme fraiche and Wiltshire ham with wholegrain mustard. Most of us weren’t blown away by the sandwich flavours but the cakes made up for this.
Next layer up was filled with a selection of scones with the mandatory clotted cream and preserves which were divine and a strong favourite among the group. Finally the petit fours which were my personal favourite – a selection including shortbread, strawberry cupcakes, lemon drizzle cake a chocolate and coffee cake. All the cakes and sandwiches are made fresh on the day so you get a different variety each time which I think is quite refreshing.
If you celebrating anything special or just fancy a treat I would highly recommend this opulent venue which really boasts the best decor I have seen for a very long time. With reasonable prices and friendly, relaxed staff I look forward to returning in the evening for some cocktails with the girls.