A recent guest, Joy, sent us a rather nice ‘report’ of her visit to us for a cream tea, so we thought we’d post it on the blog!
A colleague and I visited the Alveston House Hotel for a cream tea last week. I rolled up at the hotel, which is just off the M5, and was impressed by the bright whiteness of the building and the greenery that surrounded the building and car park.
I approached the reception area, and almost before I could say the words “cream tea”, the hotel’s business development manager, Carole Topping, greeted me by name. She showed me to a table in the conservatory: a light, airy room that was laid out ready for us. My colleague arrived shortly afterwards and received the same friendly service.
We were served tea and then fresh scones that were still warm from the oven. I should mention at this point that I’m allergic to egg, so the kitchen staff had specially prepared scones without an egg wash for my benefit. As a real scone lover, I was really grateful for their willingness to accommodate me, especially as we had only told them a few days earlier that this was the case.
The scones were some of the best I’ve ever tasted, and the clotted cream, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries were delicious too. Both chatterboxes, my colleague and I were almost silenced as we tucked in; apart from an occasional exclamation of approval, that is.
We were left in peace to enjoy our cream teas, but the waiting staff returned promptly to clear the table so that we could talk shop. Carole soon joined us and we were treated to some sunshine out in the stunning walled gardens.
The experience was a really positive one from start to finish. Every member of staff was polite and friendly – and most importantly, did their jobs effectively without disturbing us at all. The cream tea was sumptuous and the conversation flowing. All in all, it was an afternoon well spent.