My friend’s birthday is two days before Christmas and we seem to have a traditional celebration of afternoon tea; last year we went to Leamington Spa, the year before Stratford-upon-Avon. But the end of this year has been a bit rubbish for both of us so we wanted to stay local, but still enjoy something fantastically indulgent. I’ve already written about my experience of afternoon tea at The Edgbaston so when they could fit us in, I knew we’d be in for a great afternoon. And The Edgbaston didn’t disappoint!
The above picture is of the amuse bouche is a suitably festive with Irish whisky and chocolate cream with shortbread and the table was dowsed with smoke that smelled like Christmas. I’ve been to enough afternoon tea and a few festive ones to know that everyone tries to add an extra sparkle at Christmas but the Edgbaston’s afternoon tea nails it. The afternoon tea itself had hints of festivity with turkey sandwiches and smoked salmon, snowflakes and mince pies. It was even better than last time, the desserts are wonderfully delicate and the scones are a delight.
And then I may have convinced Beccy we should also enjoy some cocktails, tis the season and all. These were two cocktails from their festive Christmas menu and I’m not sure if they’re on the menu anymore. Mine was the short, whisky cocktail with mince pie flavours – and a mince pie garnish. Lovely stuff. We also had a second cocktail each and I went for my favourite drink at The Edgbaston, the Clover Club 3000.
Disclosure: We paid for our own afternoon teas and cocktails…I mean really, who needs birthday cake when you can have afternoon tea?!