Afternoon Tea is one of my absolute favourite things to do and Hotel La Tour's is the best one I've had in Birmingham. So of course I had to go along to try out their new Summer Afternoon Tea! I tried it last summer and I reviewed it here.
I joined a group of Birmingham bloggers for a glass of prosecco, tea and food on a Sunday afternoon recently. We were all very excited and set about drinking our fizz and choosing our tea.
If you read my previous review you will know that I think sandwiches are the most boring part. Hotel La Tour have sensibly not given too many sandwiches. The soft bread and traditional fillings were a nice start but I knew something more exciting awaited me.
WELSH RAREBIT DIP!!!!
I've been dreaming about this creamy, tasty, tangy, cheesy dip since my previous visit to Hotel La Tour. Yup, it's a Welsh Rarebit topping but multiplied and served in a bowl with crispy bread slices to dip.
I could happily dunk away all day but I had my eyes on scones with jam and cream next.
There was a little bit of debate as to whether you should put jam or cream on first. I always put jam then cream. It's a throwback to when I worked at Bakers Oven and we made pre-filled cream scones- the jam had to go on first!
I stuck to the fruit scones. They were a perfect size, not too big and the jam and cream were lovely.
Onto the cakes!
*Lime and Ginger Cheesecake
*Chocolate Opera Cake
*Banana and Dark Chocolate Macaron
My least favourite was the cheesecake. It was fine but I found it a little bland- needed more lime or ginger! The others liked it a lot though, so maybe you would too.
The Raspberry Tart was fresh and light with pastry that cracked perfectly. It was simple but effective.
I was excited to try the Opera cake as I've seen them on Great British Bake Off! It was a soft, light chocolatey delight.
The macaron was my favourite. It may sound ridiculous but the banana shell was super bananary! The dark chocolate filling complimented it perfectly.
You may notice I used the word 'light' a few times. Hotel La Tour have cleverly designed an Afternoon Tea that won't leave you too stuffed on a Summer afternoon.
Another great thing about Afternoon Tea at Hotel La Tour is that they have live music performed while you tuck in to your sandwiches and cake. Both sets of performers were fantastic- really good quality but not at all intrusive.
Afternoon Tea at Hotel La Tour is an absolute must-do in Birmingham. Situated two minutes from Moor St Station and slightly further from New St, it's a great way to relax in the city. I will keep going back for the rarebit dip!
Afternoon tea is £19.95 pp and is served from 2pm-5pm. Check the website for more details.
I was invited to the blogger event by the Ed James Group.