‘A cosy, comfortable and quiet environment to consume delectable sweet treats’
Price: £22.50 for their Afternoon Tea.
Overall rating: 4 stars
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
Location: St Albans
I visited Sopwell House for their Afternoon Tea in celebration of my good friend Hannah’s twenty first birthday. In the heart of Hertfordshire, in St Albans, the hotel building is surrounded by greenery and gardens, making it a perfect country escape for a spot of tea all year round. The tea room is warm and welcoming, with cosy sofas, bookshelves, wall paintings that add touches of colour, and lamps which make you feel as if you are in the comfort of your own living room.
The tea itself is great value for money. Between six of us we shared three tea platters, which was more than enough since they arrived piled high with sweet treats and sandwiches, along with your choice of tea. Their presentation is super, with the plates exhibiting an abundance of colour.
My personal favourite was the chocolate cake, filled with thin layers of cream that made it light and delicious. Having said this, all their pastries and cakes were fantastic. The cakes were moist and soft, and the scones were light and fluffy. The menu was wide-ranging to suit all tastes, varying from carrot and chocolate cake, to tiramisu or chocolate éclairs.
Although the sandwiches were enjoyable, they unfortunately did not live up to the extremely high standard of the sweet options, due to lack of inventiveness in fillings and flavour. The sandwiches we tasted included tuna, salmon, egg and cheese, which can be varied according to personal preferences or dietary requirements.
The service was good, with welcoming and friendly staff. The dress code could be described as smart-casual and the tea rooms were not particularly busy at the time of our visit (which was midweek). However, booking in advance for large groups would be advised, especially on weekends, to avoid disappointment. At the time of our visit customers were mainly adults, however, I would say that the afternoon tea would be a nice idea for a family day out as well. Visiting the hotel itself is a great experience. The luxurious décor and quaint grounds make it a perfect place to explore on a day out. The hotel is situated just outside the M25 and has substantial parking, however, it is not very accessible by public transport.
Overall I would definitely recommend Sopwell House’s afternoon tea as an occasion for catching up with friends or family, as we did, due to its cosy, comfortable and quiet environment and its delectable sweet treats. It is slightly cheaper than other London afternoon teas, making it great value for money considering its generally high quality food and service.
Sopwell House Hotel
Tel: +44 (0) 1727 864477