We were invited to The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms which is located in the beautiful village of Holmes Chapel, East Cheshire to try out their savoury and classic Afternoon Tea and to share what we thought about it with our readers. Being avid foodies and Afternoon Tea fans, we were happy to head to the refurbished 17th Century Grade II listed country pub to check out their Afternoon Tea. This was perfect timing as we wanted to head out somewhere without the kids and enjoy a couple of hours relaxing and spending some quality time just chatting and catching up with each other. Its like an afternoon ‘date night’ and early Father’s Day celebration…with just the two of us. Here’s a short HD video slide show if you wanted to see some sneak peak shots of the the Classic and Savory selection and some visuals of the The Vicarage.
The Vicarage is a lovely hotel which has 26 en-suite bedrooms and their restaurant and bar areas cater to their in-house guests and walk in clients. We were adviced to make prior booking before we headed for our Afternoon Tea as all the food is home made and items are freshly made everyday.
We loved how beautiful the bone china tea cups and saucers looked, the designs were so lovely and quaint. As we sat down to admire the cups, we were greeted by the Manager who showed us a lovely box of tea to try with our meal. The selection included Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Chai Spice, Green Mint, Chum Mee Green and Red Berries. We picked the Earl Grey as well as the Chum Mee Green Tea to have with our meal. If you are not a tea person, don’t worry, they also serve Jaunty Goat Arabica Americano.
We loved the decor in the restaurant, the little things around made it that more sophisticated, homey and inviting.
Let’s start with the Newly introduced Savoury Afternoon Tea which served black pudding scotch eggs, apricot sausage roll, meat & potato pasty, pastrami en croute, caramalised onions, cream cheese and chives and cheddar cheese & smoked bacon scone. We took our time tasting each items and we have to say that the selection tasted amazing! My favourite had to be the black pudding scotch eggs as well as the caramalised onions, as the egg was cooked perfectly and the black pudding gave it a lovely flavour but it was not overpowering. The caramalised onions on the other hand was delicious and went perfectly with all the savoury items. The apricot and pork roll was both sweet and salty at the same time, invoking so many different flavours and were delicious. We also love the pastrami encroute as it was just the right size to eat in one mouth full. The cream cheese went well with the scone which was light and perfectly cooked. The Savoury Afternoon Tea is priced at £39.95 and is for Two, to be honest…we were surprised that we were quite full after eating this as it did look like there was not much on the plate.
Next, we were served the Sparkling Classic Afternoon Tea which cost £19 (if you are just having the Classic Afternoon Tea without the glas of Prosecco it will only cost you £15. Here we were served with some sandwiches (sweet meat with pastrami rye bread, egg mayo on white bread), roasted red pepper as well as smoke salmon cheese en croute), frangipane tart, lemon meringue pie, homemade fruit scone served with clotted cream and jam and a selection of cake which included an indulgent chocolate brownie served with honey comb. As you can see in the photo below…we were so spoilt for choices and did not know where to begin! Everything looked so tempting. I preferred the fruit scone to the earlier cheese and bacon scone as the clotted cream and jam complimented it so well. I would have preferred for the strawberry jam to be homemade as well instead of coming in a jar as everything else was homemade. The cakes tasted amazingly delicious and the size was perfect.
Our glass of fizz or prosecco which went perfectly well with our Afternoon Tea.
We totally loved the interior decor of the restaurant, there are two parts to the restaurant, the below is next to the bar and more cosy and British styled quirky furnitures whiel the second room was more open with lots of windows and clear lighting coming in. You can see the visuals of this in the video.
Afternoon Teas are a great way to spend a couple of hours relaxing trying different tea’s as well as finger foods and savoury items.
What types of afternoon teas are bring offered?
There are in total four types of afternoon teas, we tried the classic afternoon tea as well as the new Savoury Afternoon Tea for Two. There are the details of all the Afternoon Tea
Classic Afternoon Tea – £15
Loose leaf tea or Jaunty Goat Arabica coffee, a selection of finger sandwiches, fruit scones, strawberries, clotted cream, cake selection
Sparkling Afternoon Tea – £19
A classic afternoon tea served with a glass of fizz
Vicarage G & Tea – £19
Tonic with a choice of gin from our collection and a classic Afternoon tea
NEW: Savoury Afternoon Tea – 39.90 for two
Loose leaf tea or Jaunty Goat Arabica Americano, scotch egg, meat & potato pasty, cheddar cheese & smoked bacon scone, pork terrine, selection of sandwiches.
Minimum 2 people | Booking required
Things to note
- Do note that on Thursdays they have a ‘2 for 1’ Afternoon Tea offer
- Bookings have to be made in advance
- Give them a ring and let them know if you have a dietary requirement and they are happy to assist.
- They try to source all of their produce locally with a menu driven by the gardeners, foragers, farmers and suppliers of Cheshire
- The restaurant is dog friendly, hence yes! Do bring your dogs in if you want to.
Where is The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms?
Cranage, Holmes Chapel
Phone: 01477 533393
What time is the Afternoon Tea Served?
Its served from 11am until 3pm everyday
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* We were invited to try out the Afternoon Tea for Two for free in return for a feature. All opinions are our own.