Dainty sandwiches filled with cucumber and smoked salmon, honey roasted Hampshire ham, traditional scones with cream and jam, lemon cake, chocolate mousse and mouth-watering pastries await you at Rhinefield House Hotel. Afternoon Tea is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century – where the norm was to serve tea with sandwiches along with scones and usually cakes and pastries. This very British past time has over the years made a fashionable come back, and is has now ever so popular as a gift choice or an experience to be enjoyed with loved ones.
Set deep within the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, in 40 acres of private grounds and full of history – Rhinefield House Hotel is known locally as the ‘Jewel in the Forest’ – so you can see why afternoon tea at the hotel makes for a memorable occasion.
Before setting your eyes on the hotel, you are greeted with an enchanting driveway which takes you through a tunnel of colour made up of Canadian redwood and copper beeches. As you make your way to the entrance of the hotel, you cannot help but stand in awe at the beautiful Tudor and Gothic architecture that the hotel consists of.
Afternoon tea is enjoyed in The Lounge Bar or during the warmer months you can go al fresco on one of the terraces! Overlooking the beautiful ornamental ponds and fountains, it is not just your tastebuds in for a treat – your eyes will be too.
There are 5 menus you can choose from; Traditional Afternoon Tea, Traditional Afternoon Tea with a glass of Bruno Paillard Brut Champagne, Savoury Afternoon Tea, Hendricks Gin Afternoon Tea and a Children’s Afternoon Tea. On the traditional and savoury menu you will have a choice of Taylor’s of Harrogate leaf tea or coffee with (who knew there were so many tea’s?!). Once ordered you can sit back and relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings.
The sandwiches on the Traditional Afternoon Tea were: free range egg mayonnaise, honey roasted Hampshire ham, oak smoked salmon with chive crème fraiche, confit chicken and tarragon mayonnaise and cucumber and cream cheese. Plus a plate of seasonal fruit and plain scones served with cream and jam and the top plate consisting of mouth-watering cakes and pastries. It sure is a decadent and delicious way to spend any afternoon with family or friends.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a breather and book your very own scrumptious afternoon tea at Rhinefield House Hotel here for your next occasion.
Most delicious treat: The oak smoked salmon with chive crème fraiche wrap!
Address: Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, S042 7QB
Cost: Traditional Afternoon Tea – £21.95 per person (£30.95 with champagne) Savoury Afternoon Tea – £21.95. Hendricks Gin Afternoon Tea £27.95 per person and the Children’s Afternoon Tea is £9.95 per person.
Served: From 2pm till 5pm