On a gloriously sunny day, I headed to Staffordshire for afternoon tea with my mum and boyfriend. Our destination Hoar Cross Hall, Maker Lane, Hoar Cross, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 8QS.
This stunning grade 11 listed building is set in 50 acres of countryside and is a wonderful retreat complete with a hotel and spa.
Within this exquisite stately home, you will find a beautiful mix of modern and antique. From classic staircases to flat-screen TVs, someone has taken great care to make sure the building pairs period style with modern luxury.
On the menu
Mini smoked salmon bagel with lemon and dill cream cheese.
OPen roast beef, horseradish and tomato sandwich.
Cucumber and tarragon flavoured cream cheese
Egg mayonnaise and spring onion
GF option, identical fillings served on GF bread
Fruit and plain scones
GF option two fruit scones
Served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
Mini fruit pavlova crown (GF)
Peach melba macaron (GF)
Lemon and thyme polenta cake
Chocolate mocha Battenburg
GF chocolate and marshmallow tart
GF raspberry macaron
HOAR CROSS HALL HOUSE BLEND – Black loose leaf tea.
EARL OF GREY – Scented black loose leaf tea.
DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH – Black loose leaf tea.
WHITE PEONY BAI MU DAN – White loose leaf tea.
CHINA JASMINE – Scented green loose leaf tea.
MOJITO MINT – Herbal loose leaf infusion.
RED BERRY BURST – Fruit loose leaf infusion.
Our afternoon tea was served in the great hall. This offered a wonderfully relaxed setting where we were able to sit on sofas whilst enjoying our tea. Once seated we were presented with the menu and asked our chosen drink. I went for the red berry burst, mum chose the Hoar Cross Hall house blend and Adam opted for coffee. Within a matter of minutes, we were presented with our drinks and our food mere moments later.
My red berry tea was absolutely delicious, it was not too sweet and extremely refreshing which was something I was grateful for on such a hot day. My mum, however, adored the house blend describing it as decadent. And yes, Adams coffee was also a hit.
Cakes, scones and savouries
When it came to the food it is safe to say that the salmon with lemon and dill cream cheese was something that we all enjoyed. I, in particular, loved the gluten-free bread and even Adam asked how the chef had made it taste so good after trying a bit of mine.
When it came to the scones mum was a big fan of the plain ones and In the spirit of honesty, I cut the sultanas out of mine because I am really not a fan. However, the scones (minus the fruit) were light and fluffy and tasted divine with the clotted cream.
Then came the sweet treats, the macarons were packed full of flavour and melted in the mouth. The mini pavlova tasted sweet and fruity but hands down for me the best sweet treat was the chocolate and marshmallow tart. The chocolate was decadently bitter and the marshmallows fluffy and sweet, when combined with the crumbliness of the pastry you have yourself a taste sensation that will satisfy many a sweet tooth
After we had eaten, we went for a leisurely stroll around the grounds. Hoar Cross Hall offers such a beautiful idyllic setting. I can only hope to one day return and maybe try out the spa/hotel because Hoar Cross Hall really is a haven in the Staffordshire countryside.