Saturday, 26 March 2016

Afternoon Tea at Lainston House, Winchester

On Good Friday the sun was shining and we ventured to Lainston House for Afternoon Tea.  Lainston House is a 17th Century Country House and exclusive hotel, near Winchester in Hampshire, deep in the countryside.


Quite the  entrance!  I noticed they do Weddings here and I couldn't help but think of the amazing photos you could capture.



We were seated in what would probably have been a smoking lounge in the days of old, with wooden decor, bookshelves and a cigar bar.  Afternoon tea can seem a bit girly sometimes, so I think this was quite nice, especially with men present!



There was a good selection of teas and we chose a Taiwan High Oolong tea and the leaves were massive!  Since we all had the same we shared a pot, but I have to admit it was a little heavy to pour sat down and I embarrassed myself by pouring it over the table (again as the same happened at Fortnums, oops!).


This was called a soup on the menu but it more like a sorbet/palette cleanser and very cute!


There were lovely finger sandwiches that had plenty of ingredients and tasted great, scones and delicate patisserie cakes.  I've usually seen scones on the second tier with cakes on the top as a sort of pudding but it's OK to live on the edge once in a while ;-) 


This is a gluten-free Afternoon Tea below.  The scones were tasty but weren't as tall as usual scones and we weren't offered any cream and jam to start off with.  Once I asked, the staff were very happy to bring some and we experimented by breaking them up a little differently.  Over the course of the afternoon tea we had to ask for a couple of things but I did find the waiting staff very help and friendly.


The Oolong tea was a lovely amber colour and being only semi-oxidized was very light and refreshing. 



So this is weird.  But I took a photo in the bathroom, as Lainston House has lovely decor and I was really into the wallpaper!


Then I saw Darjeeling handwash and lotion...


After our relaxing tea, we then went on for a nosy around the lovely country house and gardens.


There were originally people sat out here but it got a little chilly once the sun started to go down.







 We had a lovely time having afternoon tea at Lainston House and as usual the time flew by (get it?).  It was Good Friday as well as a family celebration so it seemed like a fitting way to kick off Easter weekend.  The food and drink was lovely and the grounds were spectacular with great views from our lounge. The Afternoon Tea is currently priced between £29.50 pp and £41.00.

I'd also like to come back to explore further and use the accommodation, especially once Spring is well under way.  

For reviews, pictures and prices, see Tripadvisor here.

For more reviews, pictures and prices, see Booking.com here.