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There’s always time for tea…

The Interchange’s editor, Suzie, tried the new range of afternoon teas at Aztec Hotel and Spa…

Everyone loves a good competition, and last year we offered a lucky person the chance to win afternoon tea for two at the Aztec Hotel and Spa, in Bradley Stoke.

We had a phenomenal response to the competition on The Interchange’s Facebook page, it reached 65,000 people – to say it was a surprise was an understatement. That was until I went and tried it for myself, and now I fully understand why so many people wanted the chance to enjoy this culinary treat.

As well as offering cream tea, afternoon tea and celebration teas if you fancy a glass of fizz, the hotel also launched a gentleman’s afternoon tea – and just recently the children’s afternoon tea.

So, I went along with my best friend, Sharon, and six-year-old daughter, Ava to try them out.

We arrived at a beautifully laid table in our own private booth, with a selection of teas to choose from. We were also offered coffee, and Ava opted for orange juice, but myself and Sharon went with the tea.

First to come out was the gentleman’s tea, laid out on a wooden serving platter and popping with colour and texture. Ava instantly spotted the fish and chips and stole that from the board, as she did so the traditional tea was brought out momentarily, served as all good afternoon teas are, on a tiered cake stand. traditional cream tea

Finally, with her mouthwatering, Ava’s wooden box tray came out packed with treats.

Before we talk about what I loved most about the teas, it’s worth mentioning that we spent a leisurely two hours, talking, eating, relaxing and thoroughly enjoying the afternoon. There was so much food to devour that we’d eat, talk, take a breather, eat some more! The staff were helpful and polite, popping over intermittently to refresh our tea pot or check on anything we needed.

You don’t need to be male to enjoy the men’s afternoon tea – if you’ve more of a savoury, than sweet tooth, this is a must! With fresh ingredients and everything being home-made, this was impossible to fault. Highlights include the outdoor reared sausage roll, the smoked bacon scotch egg and my absolute favourite – the open smoked chicken BLT on toasted sour dough.

Served with homemade sauces and puree, it’s washed down with half a pint of Thwaites Original ale.

Even the traditional afternoon tea had a twist, with sandwich fillings including Keen’s Cheddar and Thwaites ale chutney and chicken and tarragon mayonnaise, alongside the standard egg and cress, as well as the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches. Of the scones and sweet treats, I was won over by the buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb and ginger – delicious.

kids cream teaKids will be delighted with the selection of child friendly sarnies, but more importantly the dinky vanilla and jam cupcake, chocolate dipped marshmallow, shortbread (with more chocolate) and even more chocolate Angel Delight, with whipped cream and sprinkles. There was way too much for a child Ava’s age, but more than enough for older kids to enjoy.

As mentioned previously, the best way to enjoy these fantastic afternoon teas is during a leisurely day when you have plenty of time to enjoy it slowly and nothing to rush home to. You won’t be disappointed…


Check out the full range of menus here…

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