Last weekend I was invited to the Laura Ashley Tea Room in Burnham Beeches to try out their festive afternoon tea. I’ve been a big fan of Laura Ashley for many years and I actually pinned the Laura Ashley Tea Room on my Pinterest bucket list recently! So I was very excited and honoured to be invited to try out their special festive afternoon tea menu.
Tucked away in Buckinghamshire’s countryside is The Laura Ashley Tea Room at Burnham Beeches Hotel. The hotel is an elegant manor house and it’s just a 15 minute drive away from Windsor. The drive up to the hotel is quite long but it’s also very scenic through the Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. As you pull into the hotel grounds you’ll see their beautifully well kept gardens and surroundings and we were lucky to visit on a beautiful sunny day.
The Laura Ashley Tea Room
The tea room has been beautifully decorated in typical Laura Ashley style. Kitted out entirely in Laura Ashley products, the decor is charming, elegant and beautiful. Decorations are floral and furnishings feature Laura Ashley’s signature pastel shades. I loved the pretty plates and mirrors hung on the wall and the stylish mismatched dining chairs.
The room is absolutely gorgeous and such a lovely place to relax and unwind over an indulgent afternoon tea. It’s especially pretty at this time of year as its tastefully decorated for Christmas with foliage garlands and a Christmas tree adorned with Laura Ashley baubles and decorations.
Once we were seated we were offered our choice of freshly brewed tea or coffee – Gavin chose a cappuccino and I awkwardly requested an orange juice as I don’t drink tea or coffee. Although this wasn’t on the drinks menu it wasn’t a problem at all – they kindly gave me a freshly squeezed orange juice without any issue.
Festive Afternoon Tea
The festive afternoon tea menu included an amuse bouche which was a little chipolata sausage wrapped in bacon (a pig in blanket!) with a cranberry sauce dip on a tiny little plate. This was a wonderful start to our afternoon tea as it was so tasty and also made me feel very Christmassy!
We were then presented with a grand three tier cake stand with the afternoon tea on. This included an array of finger sandwiches, cranberry scones, and festive homemade cakes.
The sandwich options included smoked salmon and cream cheese, rare roast beef and horseradish sauce, mature cheddar and mulled apple chutney, and ham. The salmon option was on black rye bread which was unusual but I really enjoyed it!
Along with the sandwiches we were also given a mini Welsh rarebit as a homage to Laura Ashley’s heritage (did you know she was Welsh?) which was warm, cheesy, and my favourite savoury part of the afternoon tea!
The scones came with a pot of clotted cream and strawberry jam. I love that they provided cranberry scones as opposed to the usual fruit scones for an extra festive touch! The scones were nice and warm when they arrived and as they arrived covered in napkins they stayed warm whilst we ate our sandwiches.
The cake part of our afternoon tea was very eye catching and beautifully presented! Treats included a mini mince pie with a chocolate ‘Merry Christmas’ coin on top, chocolate macaroons, and some other homemade treats. I really enjoyed the glossy pink one which was actually a chocolate and caramel mousse inside and was so yummy!
The one topped in a white chocolate dome with pink specks had a black forest filling and chocolate base, and the little glasses had a clementine mousse dessert in. It was lovely to try something a little bit different and new, but I would have liked at least one actual ‘cake’ made from sponge as opposed to only desserts.
This was Gavin’s first afternoon tea experience and although I was worried it wouldn’t really be his ‘thing’ he actually really enjoyed it! I was in heaven myself – Laura Ashley decor is so stunning so I loved being in a tea room decorated from top to bottom with the famous Laura Ashley design.
I’ve been on a lot of afternoon teas and this was definitely one of my favourites, if not my absolute favourite! The food was all very tasty and the whole thing was very filling. We couldn’t eat all the cakes but they kindly boxed them up for us so we could take them back to enjoy at home which I thought was a nice touch!
I also think it’s great value for money at only £25 per person. In comparison to other places this is very reasonable, especially considering the location. An afternoon tea gift voucher would make a wonderful gift for a loved one, and The Laura Ashley Tea Room would also make a lovely venue for a special occasion such as a baby shower or birthday celebration.