“You want to go where?!”
This is the reaction to my suggestion of going for Afternoon Tea in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.
Not necessarily for the tea or the Bradford on Avon part, but because it was a Victorian styled afternoon tea.
By Victorian styled, I mean the staff are all dressed in Victorian outfits which can bewilder some people, especially those of the male variety.
But anyway, we went for an Afternoon Tea at the Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford on Avon.
I find the whole atmosphere quite magical, its like being whisked away in a time capsule and to something so quintessentially British. The Victorian outfits, the décor, the music (classical harp) – the whole experience is just so different from our digitally focussed modern lifestyle and a welcome change.
And having tea is an event.
So, I went for one of the Afternoon teas that was presented on a tiered plate, aptly called The Empress of India, which consisted of a freshly baked scone with clotted cream and jam, a selection of finger sandwiches, fruit and a choice of leafed tea. (I had missed lunch so this was justified)
Of course, my companion as a mini protest about being there in the first place ordered a piece of Coffee Walnut cake and a coffee.
The Tea Rooms do offer other alternatives if you just want a nice piece of cake and a tea / coffee, if you just want a standard cream tea (Scone with clotted cream and jam) or even a light snack like sandwiches or soups. There are vegetarian and vegan options as well.
The Coffee Walnut cake is also still talked about with fondness.
More information on The Bridge Tea Rooms can be found here
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All images used are personal photographs taken during a visit to Bradford on Avon in January 2022.
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