This year I finally managed to get a table at Lucknam Park for Mother’s Day – time for just Mama and Daughter to take a leisurely few hours to catch up on life, drink copious amounts of tea and eat delicate little cakes.
Lucknam Park is an 18th century Palladian mansion set amidst 500 glorious acres of beautiful gardens and unspoilt parkland. As you approach, the huge gates open up to reveal a long treelined drive which I imagine in the spring are beautiful with their blossom.
We were shown into the Drawing Room where the fire was roaring to keep the chill away. After settling into our seats, we opted for the full afternoon tea. Despite the large choice of teas available, we both predictably went for English Breakfast.
My only minor comment is that our table was booked for 3.30pm and we were a little early so we probably ordered right on 3.30pm. Our food (nor our tea) didn’t appear until 4.15pm. When I asked the waitress for an update, she said the kitchen was very busy as they’d had 65 people in for lunch that day…
Anyway…when those 3 tiered platters arrived, we were not disappointed. A selection of delicate sandwiches including brie, egg & cress and ham and tomato. There was also warm homemade cheese, plain and fruit scones, the later being served with clotted cream and home-made preserves. The final plate contained a selection of dainty patisserie including a chocolate bomb, raspberry and pistachio tart, a ginger macaron and plenty of others! Needless to say we had to take a goodie box home with the uneaten cakes!
We were not rushed, asked several times if we had enough tea and hot water. It was a shame the weather was dull and dreary as the grounds are stunning and it would have been good to walk off those delicious treats.
A full afternoon tea is £29 per person which I think is worth the money for the wonderful location. If you’re looking for something special, Lucknam Park is definitely the place to go.
Where’s your favourite place for afternoon tea?!