August saw John and I celebrate our 3rd Wedding Anniversary. As is tradition, John organises the celebration and this year he didn’t fail to disappoint with a G&T Afternoon Tea at the super luxurious Manor House in the picturesque village of Castle Combe.
Set in a 14th-century manor and outbuildings, The Manor House is surrounded by 365 acres of woodland, parkland, gardens and the Bybrook river. Several films have been set in the village of Castle Combe including Robin Hood, Dr Dolittle, Stardust and most recently War Horse.
We were warmly greeted at the door and shown straight to the Bybrook restaurant where afternoon tea was being served that day and offered the tea menu. I’m an English Breakfast tea kinda girl but with John’s dairy intolerance he’s stepping into the world of herbal teas and the like. He opted for the mint melange tea which was declared delicious (in fact I quite liked it too!)
When John booked, he’d mentioned his dietary issue and we were really surprised to hear that they had made him a special afternoon tea with cakes and scones that were all dairy free. Tiny little triangle sandwiches (without the crusts of course) included egg mayo brioche, smoked salmon, coronation chicken and cucumber and cream cheese (not for John). There were vanilla scones served with lashings of strawberry preserve and clotted cream plus cheese scones made with cheddar, stilton and parmesan served with dijon butter.
I had a violet and chocolate ganache, green tea, white chocolate and pistachio cake plus a lemon and strawberry cheesecake with lemon curd AND a gooseberry tart with Italian meringue. John had an individual chocolate cake, a carrot cake plus a macaroon.
The restaurant was completely relaxed and we felt at ease and not out of place in the super fancy surroundings.
Once we’d finished our food, it was time to move onto the G&T. We decided to take our drinks out to the garden area as it was a really lovely warm sunny day. What we didn’t appreciate was that if we had our drinks outside, we didn’t get our G&T served in a teapot!! BOO!! Only a minor down detail though on what was a wonderful celebration of 3 years of marriage.
Full details of the different afternoon tea options available can be found here.
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