Have Tea with Me

How many special attractions are there right on your doorstep that you've just never visited? I've been studying in Oxford for nearly four years now but there are still so many places that I've never checked out. One of those is The Grand Cafe, which stands on the site of the first coffee house in England, established in the 1600's. When David came down to visit me for a couple of days, I seized my chance and dragged him along for an afternoon tea! It was his first ever afternoon tea experience, so keep reading to find out what we both thought!


The Grand Cafe, with its eyecatching gold columned frontage, is located on Oxford's High Street, just a short walk from where I live. The window is always filled with a gorgeous display of cakes, which I couldn't wait to sample! Upon our arrival, we were given a little table in the corner by the big windows, so we settled in to peruse the menu.


We opted to share one High Tea, comprising sandwiches, petit fours, and scones, and one standard Cream Tea, consisting of scones, jam, and cream. I was tempted to order a High Tea for both of us but when it arrived, I was so glad that I didn't! The portion was generous and I ended up taking one of the scones home in a napkin anyway! At £16.95 per person, the High Tea is pretty pricey, but the quality of the food really was excellent. The petit fours and scones were freshly made, and the sandwich fillings (egg-mayo and smoked salmon with cream cheese) were delicious. If you're not massively hungry but would still enjoy an afternoon tea experience, I would definitely recommend splitting one High Tea between two!

 

Now, unlike David who is a coffee connoisseur, I am very picky when it comes to hot drinks. I can just about manage a hot chocolate when I really fancy one, but tea and coffee are usually a big no. However, at such a classy occasion as afternoon tea, I thought it would be rather rude to try a cup, so I ordered a Lavender herbal tea. I was pleasantly surprised at this, the tea was very aromatic but not overpowering and I managed to drink the whole pot! I must admit that it had a rather soporific effect, so I was nearly dozing off at the table afterwards!

 

The interior of the cafe is opulent with marble and gold wherever you look! You definitely feel like you're at a high society tea party - I felt like I ought to be wearing a corset and a bustle! Despite the grandeur, the cafe was still very welcoming and the staff were friendly. As the cafe is in close proximity to a lot of Oxford's tourist hotspots such as the Radcliffe Camera, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Bodleian Library, it is an ideal venue at which stop off for a pot of tea if you're visiting the city for the day.


David and I had a lovely time (excuse my very round little face in our selfie!) and it really was a pleasure to share this experience with one of my favourite people. David is a rather talented chef in his own right, and he has just started an Instagram to share his food, so do go on over and follow him here. But before you all puke, that's enough of me being soppy for one day!

Have you ever been out for afternoon tea? Is there anywhere in your local area that you'd recommend? Please tell me in the comments below!

Until next time,

A x
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