As you head towards Southampton city centre you may be unaware of the Hilton Southampton Hotel, nestled at the top of the Avenue in Chilworth.
At first glance the thought of a hotel located next to a busy roundabout may not scream peace and quiet, but you are sure to be pleasantly surprised! As you pull into the car park you feel instantly transported to a woodland setting, surrounded by tall trees and foliage, you certainly do not feel close to a busy road and bustling city.
Recently refurbished the Hilton Southampton feels clean and elegant as you walk through the doors. As you take you seat in the dinning room for your afternoon tea, you can enjoy views of a forest-like garden, so far removed from what you would expect.
Afternoon tea itself is an impressive spread of plump finger sandwiches, a delicious selection of freshly made cakes, trickles of fruit and giant scones to top it all off!
A glass of bubbly is a lovely way to kick-start your tea and wake-up your taste buds for the treat ahead. The finger sandwiches are filled with afternoon tea favourites, such as salmon & cream cheese, and served between thick fluffy bread.
The cake selection is a cake-lovers dream. With mini eclairs, moist carrot cake and perfect Victoria sponge, each mouthful is a delight! The sprinkle of fresh fruit is the perfect touch to freshen the pallet.
The scones are impressive, giant in fact! Still warm and smothered with the supplied cream and jam, they are a delicious end to a fantastic afternoon tea.
All-in-all a taste-sensation! Although, pacing yourself with breaks to enjoy a cup of tea are highly recommended as you make your way through this tower of loveliness.
Once you have finished there is no rush to head off. Enjoy the pleasant surroundings and enjoy the rare tranquility found within a city.
The refurbishments at the Hilton Southampton have given the hotel a refreshing face-lift, which includes their meeting rooms suitable for small meetings to large events, and clean and pleasant bedrooms for a good-nights stay.