I have always wanted to go for afternoon tea, it looks like such a grown up and elegant thing to do. Things you always see people go for in the movies and now I’m a mum it is something I wanted to try even more so as it gives me some focused grown up time to catch up with friends. I was kindly invited along to try the new vegan afternoon tea for Coventry Live and couldn’t be any more excited.
The main thing that used to put me off was the sandwiches, I’ve never been a massive fan of sandwiches and I’m very particular about what I have in them so normally they do not suit me and my tastes. I took my friend Emma along with me. It is based at a hotel and when you walk into the room it’s like a whole different level of elegance. The decor is beautiful with details of hydrangeas on the windowsill, mirrors and plates hanged decoratively on the wall it just all suits and compliments each other.
There is really calming instrumental music playing and as you sit down you can order some tea or coffee – which is unlimited by the way. Amazing I know.
The vegan menu starts with a little tomato soup and a selection of sandwiches which I was actually excited to try. There was Hummus and roasted vegetables, tomato and shallot chutney, cucumber and apple with dill and then finally avocado and lime crostini. The only one I didn’t try was the tomato and shallot chutney as it is just not my thing. The others were delicious however and my favourite was by far the hummus and roasted vegetables. I am 100% going to recreate this for myself at home.
Then we moved onto the vegan scones with coconut cream and blackcurrant jam. I really enjoyed this and was thrilled about the coconut cream – I mean obviously I knew it wasn’t dairy but it was really nice and I am obsessed with anything coconut at the moment. The flavours really complimented each other. My friend did say she would prefer the normal dairy cream but its because the texture wasn’t quite right.
The vegan desserts were beautiful presented and it was hard not to eat them first but I wanted to save the best for last. There was 4 options, Victoria sponge again with the coconut cream, chocolate cake, walnut cake and a vegan macaroon. The macaroon was nice but it kind of just fell apart when you picked it up. The rest were very tasty and my favourite out of those was probably the walnut cake, it had a really nice cinnamon taste and I love cinnamon anything. It reminds me of Autumn, which is my favourite season.
I can’t wait to go back there, it was such a pleasant experience and I enjoyed every bit of it! Have your ever had afternoon tea? Let me know your favourite part in the comments below!