"I’m a huge chocolate-fiend. Anything with that rich cocoa taste instantly sates my appetite, and I’m also a huge afternoon tea goer. So when I hear there is a combination of the two, I have to try this!
And it truly was a perfect match: the perfect marriage of dainty sandwiches with the warm and welcoming cakes.
As soon as we arrived at Park Farm Hotel (which isn’t far from Norwich city centre), the reception staff were very helpful and directed us to the conservatory where we were swiftly seated and served – the view was lovely with all the natural lighting and open windows to enjoy some fresh air!
Image: some of the savoury treats in the chocolate afternoon tea
Now for the good bit! You ready?... The bottom tier consisted of sandwiches – Salmon (Cucumber as the vegetarian alternative) and Cream Cheese, Cheese and Onion Chutney, Egg and Cress AND a Sausage Roll! (A vegetarian alternative was also brought out for me which was a nice touch). As a vegetarian, I was very impressed at how accommodating they were with the options and how much effort they put into the dietary requirement to make sure it’s still just as good as an experience. My colleague Laura was also so impressed with the sandwiches (and she is more savoury than sweet! So trust her judgment on it); and I agree with her. The bread was incredibly soft and the filling was generous. So generous in fact, I was almost very full, and there were two tiers to go. Lucky for me, as someone who runs on sugar and sweet treats, my other stomach was so ready for the chocolate-filled goodies!
The middle tier consisted of a huge, warm, chocolate chip scone accompanied with butter, clotted cream and a chocolate and hazelnut spread. Yes, you read that right. Move over cream and jam! This delectable delight was perfect. I seriously thought there was a party going on in my mouth.
Still, although I was getting full at this point, we moved on to the final (top) tier – the chocolate explosion of desserts! From the Sacher Torte and the Raspberry and Chocolate Pot to the Black Forest Cake to the White Chocolate Vanilla Macaron, there seemed to be no end in sight and I was thankful for that! I made sure to start with the Black Forest Cake - it was so dark and rich in taste - and then moved on to the Raspberry chocolate pot. The chocolate mousse on top was so silky and smooth, it just melted as soon as it felt the warmth from my tongue, accompanying the sharpness of the raspberry wonderfully. I don’t even know where to begin with the macaron: it was soft and sweet with a generous middle and tasted great! The vanilla was subtle enough that it didn’t overpower the milky taste of the white chocolate.
I was very impressed at the use of dark, milk and white chocolate in the desserts, all used in creative ways, giving it a proper spin on the traditional afternoon tea (which they also serve if chocolate isn’t your thing).
Image: a few of the sweet treats in the chocolate afternoon tea
I’d definitely recommend this experience, and if you’re looking to do something for a hen do or group of people it would be ideal! You can make the most of the rest of the hotel by booking into their spa and then heading over for a delicious afternoon tea when you’re all relaxed and pampered.
The chocolate afternoon tea is £19.50 per person and is available everyday from 3pm – 5pm. For an extra £5, you can add a glass of Prosecco too! Booking at least 24 hours in advance is essential so call ahead and book yourself in now! Or why not buy an afternoon tea voucher through their website as a gift for someone?"
- Guest post by Jumara, Digital Marketing Executive for VisitNorwich.
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