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A Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea.

The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.
The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.

I’m feeling very festive. Three of us had a sublime Christmas Picnic at The Garden Kitchen over the weekend. Scrummy scrumptious Afternoon Tea served on a miniature picnic bench. My wonderful work colleagues clubbed together to get me some vouchers for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to book a table. I actually came here in the summer for my friend Jo’s birthday too ( you can read about it here) so I knew we would be in for a treat. 🙂

Our Christmas Picnic.
Our Christmas Picnic.

The Picnic bench came brimming with goodies including festive canapes ( the mini beef yorkshire pud was delish), mini gingerbread men, mincemeat crumble, chocolate Christmas tree crumble and millionaires shortbread.

Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.
Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.

Where else can you sip mulled wine out of a wellie boot but the Garden Kitchen. 🙂

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Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. :)
Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. 🙂

The Christmas Picnic Afternoon tea is £19-95 per person and along with the festive food you are served house tea or filter coffee and a glass of bubbly prosecco.

Cute Christmas Display.
Cute Christmas Display.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.

The Garden Kitchen is a fantastic place to go for a catch up over a fun and quirky Afternoon Tea .There is also a Christmas Menu avaliable through December. I’m certainly tempted to go again!


A Picnic Afternoon Tea.

My friend Jo hit on a lovely idea to celebrate her birthday. She had heard about a new tearooms that have opened at Holden Clough Nurseries near Bolton By Bowland. And they prepare an Afternoon Tea with a twist !

A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !
A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !

The Garden Kitchen is a newly built tea rooms that serves delicious locally sourced produce in the heart of the Ribble Valley. As it was a sunny day ( hurrah ! ) we decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and pleasing views of pretty flowering plants and shrubs.

The Birthday Girl ready to  tuck in.
The Birthday Girl ready to tuck in.

The Afternoon Tea is served on a mini Picnic bench which really blends in with the charming ambiance of dining out at the nurseries. There are a selection of dainty finger sandwiches,heavenly homemade quiches and of course some truly decadent and divine cakes and desserts, including cute little cupcakes served in plant pots,ravishing rocky road,exquisite eclairs and strawberry milkshake that you sip from a straw out of a dinky pot wellington boot.

Of course as it was a celebration we opted for glasses of something bubbly too as well as pots of tea. 🙂

Ladies that Lunch.
Ladies that Lunch.

After our leisurely lunch we thought we had all better pretend to be gardeners and peruse the plant section ! To Jo’s delight she found an Azalea shrub with her name on it. A Johanna Azalea ! Unfortunately I did not spy any of my namesake ,the Rose of Sharon. I opted for a Sea Holly instead.

Sea Holly.

The staff were very friendly and attentive and boxed up our leftovers to take home. We had a lovely afternoon. It was a tremendous treat.:)

A Foody break in London.

Today’s topic on the Blog Every Day In May Challenge is Food. Food, Glorious Food! I’m definitely a big fan of eating it. 😉 But cooking is not my forte.So I thought I would write about a few days spent in London house sitting with my friend Becky, which turned into quite a foody holiday. A couple of years ago Becky’s brother had to work away and needed someone to stay in his flat and look after his very affectionate yorkshire terrier ‘Julie’.We were only to happy to oblige and decided we would like to do three things while in our cosmopolitan Capital.Go somewhere posh for Afternoon tea,delight in the food halls of Harrods and dine out at a Michelin star restaurant.Becky was an absolute star and arranged everything.:)
Becky booked our Afternoon tea ( with a twist! ) at the Caramel Room at The Berkeley -Knightsbridge. The fashionista Pret -a-Portea is a sumptuous afternoon tea inspired by the latest London designer fashions.The dainty sandwiches, cakes and desserts are fashioned in on trend styles and colours. The menu is updated every six months to keep up with the most recent fashions.
We had the champagne Pret-a-Portea which is £49 per person. Our waitress was very attentive and described each of the mouthwatering morsels on our three tier cake stand.It was fun admiring then consuming every victoria sponge handbag and every polka dot pump cake! And so we never ran out of anything our lovely waitress constantly topped up everything.;)
We really enjoyed the experience as it was both novel and delicious.To book this decadent afternoon tea shimmy down Here.

Not far from The Berkeley is the upmarket department store Harrods.We just had to peruse the amazing food Hall there which is packed full of luxurious food items. We especially loved all the different foreign cuisines and of course we couldn’t leave without purchasing some Lola’s Red Velvet Cup Cakes.:)

On our last but one evening we ate out at Gordon Ramseys Grosvenor Square restaurant Maze..We had decided on the six course taster Menu which we enjoyed tremendously. The contemporary asian/european setting very much added to the ambience of our night.

Lamb with mint jelly.
Lamb with mint jelly.

Crab with herbs and pickle.
Crab with herbs and pickle.

pancotta with strawberry jelly

As you can imagine I must of put on about half a stone on our mini break in London. I would definitely do it again though. Maybe Afternoon Tea at the Ritz next time. 😉

Tea Cocktail Party

It was a friends 30th birthday recently and she decided to celebrate by holding an Afternoon tea style party ….. with a twist : )
Of course there was the usual sumptuous sandwiches cut into triangles, sweet and savoury scones, delicious home made cakes and a cakestand full of yummy cupcakes.

What a spread !

She decorated the house with lovely cath kidston style bunting and she borrowed some beautiful vintage teacups to serve the tea in as well as several teapots.Much to everyone’s delight the tea was actually iced tea cocktails! I had lent her ‘The Vintage Tea Party book’ by Angel Adoree which is packed full of fun ideas on how to create your own Vintage Tea Party.

My favourite tea tipple was ‘The Green Tea & Pear Cocktail’.It is light, refreshing and really delicous. Warning! It is quite lethal! Other heavenly cocktails in the book include ‘Teana Colada’,Tea Tini and Tea-Quila Sunrise.: )

Getting tipsy off Green tea and pear cocktails

Why not put on your tea dress and have a Tea cocktail party yourself!

Afternoon Tea : )

One of my friends decided she would like to go out for afternoon tea when it was her 40th birthday a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a shock ! Are our clubbing days long gone?? Still it was also a fab idea of hers as going out for tea and cake is one of my favourite things ever!

One of the Alice In Wonderland quotes dotted around the tearooms.
One of the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ quotes that are dotted round the tearooms.

We decided to go to our local tearoom , the quirky Alice in Wonderland inspired ‘Callooh Callay’ on Moor Lane in Clitheroe. Jo gave Marian the traditional 40 balloon and we all got down to studying the yummy sounding menu.

Dainty and delicious sandwiches cut into triangles, scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of scrumptious cupcakes arrived on three tiered cake stands. Yummy. : ) Everything was served in beautiful vintage crockery.

I think we all agreed that afternoon tea was indeed an inspired idea and the Birthday girl and all of us were very impressed.