Afternoon Tea at Horsley Lodge
After scratching our heads over what on earth to do for my Grandma’s 80th birthday, we finally settled on Afternoon Tea at Horsley Lodge. My Grandma is a lady who doesn’t like fuss, and doesn’t really do posh or over the top events, so we settled on Afternoon Tea at Horsley Lodge as my Mum and I had already been for Mother’s Day and knew it was lovely; beautiful setting, friendly staff and good scones!!
Horlsey Lodge, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a lovely golf course near Derby with a high-pedigree course, which offers non-members both fine-dining, lunch and afternoon tea options. It’s not far from Denby Pottery or Derby and has quickly become, in the last 6 months, my ‘go-to’ place for an evening meal with my partner. It serves stunning, high quality, fine dining in a relaxed ‘Brasserie’ at really reasonable prices. If you do go for an evening meal, order either the lamb or the pork chop from the Chargrill menu… it’s to die for.
Anyway back to the afternoon tea. When you arrive, you will be greeted by friendly, happy to help staff who seat you in the Brasserie, overlooking the 9th hole. The Brasserie is beautifully decorated in a contemporary, British elegance style; heather balmoral tartan, stags antler chandeliers and ornithological printed wallpaper with thick oak tables and bucket suede seats. Classic vintage china is used to decorate the table when you arrive, finished with girly faux flowers. The perfect ‘special occasion’ setting.
The Afternoon Tea at Horsley Lodge offers a range of teas from your classic English Breakfast Tea to Assam, Ceylon tea to Earl Grey. I read a few online reviews complaining there was no Darjeeling tea on offer, but there really is no need. I get the feeling sometimes people will moan for the sake of moaning and as I always say, if that’s all you need to worry about, your life is pretty amazing! You can also get top-up’s on the tea for no extra cost so don’t feel like your little pot has to last you the whole afternoon, the waiters are really friendly and are more than happy to top it up.
What’s included in the Afternoon Tea at Horsley Lodge?
We had more than enough food for the afternoon. In our setting (we didn’t opt for the extra champagne, although this was an option served both by the bottle and by the glass), we had;
- Tea (several choices)
- Sandwiches – tuna, cheese and chutney, ham and mustard
- Scones (homemade with raisins, served warm with clotted cream and homemade jam)
- Lime and Chocolate Macaroon
- Lemon drizzle cake
- Panna cotta
- Fruit cake
All in all, we really enjoyed our afternoon tea. I’ve had afternoon tea in a lot of places, my favourite ever being The Connaught, London, but this was beautiful and for the price, I really can’t fault it. £15 per head, and £7 for champagne if you wanted a glass. It’s really not pricey for the quality of the homemade cakes and scones and the glorious setting.
Price: £15 per head
Champagne option: yes
Book online: yes – booking essential for Afternoon Tea
Tips: If there’s only a couple of you, ask for a window seat so you can watch golfers playing up to the 9th hole.
PS, this is definitely not low sugar! But it’s well worth the ‘cheat.’