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Afternoon Tea - The Chester Grosvenor Hotel

 On Wednesday I took a day off work to join the rest of my family (Ma, Nam and G) to take a day trip to Chester to celebrate my Nam's birthday.

We had such a lovely day wandering around the city - Ma, Nam and I did some shopping whilst G went to take communion at Chester Cathedral and then we met up in the afternoon for the main event - Afternoon Tea at The Chester Grosvenor Hotel.

Every time that we go to Chester we always end up lunching at The Grosvenor - it's our favourite girls day out treat! But, we'd not experience their Afternoon Tea for ages so we decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to sample it for Nam's birthday.

As soon as we were seated in the gorgeous setting that is The Arkle Lounge the maître d'hotel came over with this intriguing wooden Pandora's box - he opened it and we were engulfed in a beautiful mix of tea flavours. He went through the wide selection of loose leaf tea that The Chester Grosvenor had on offer - G and I, the traditionalists that we are, plumped for their English Breakfast Tea, Ma decided on the Grosvenor Grey (the hotel's specially mixed version of Earl Grey) and Nam was feeling adventurous and chose a lemon and ginger concoction.

Of course, seeing as we were celebrating, we thought it would be incredibly rude to not indulge in a glass of champagne to toast Nam's birthday!

I definitely think that loose leaf tea tastes so much better than normal tea bag tea - plus the whole theatrical act of tea making with a strainer and everything just makes me so inexorably happy and peaceful.

The place settings were beautiful and has us all salivating for our afternoon tea to arrive - thankfully the service was incredibly prompt, the staff were very friendly (not at all stand off-ish that you find in some fancy hotels!)
Now, onto the main event - and what an epic spread it was! We decided to go with a mix of their Traditional Afternoon Tea and their Gentleman's Afternoon Tea - what an inspired decision that was!

We enjoyed a delectable combination of the traditional sandwich choices of salmon and cream cheese, ham and tomato and cheese and spring onion but we all agreed that the star of the show was the Gentleman sandwiches - the combination of deliciously rare beef on rye bread and battered haddock and tartar sauce and white bloomer bread - they were stunning! 

Next came the French pastries and fancies - the flavours of each and every one of the tasty morsels were so delicious - and just take a look at them - don't they look like little pieces of art - almost too pretty to each!

Now, if you ask me - it's the scones that really help me to judge an afternoon tea. And the Chester Grosvenor ones certainly didn't disappoint. They were deliciously fluffy and went perfect with the Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve - seriously yummy!

We all loved our afternoon tea experience at The Chester Grosvenor and I'd highly recommend it if you're an avid afternoon tea lover like I am!

Let me know your afternoon tea experience recommendations - I'd love to visit some of them!