Hello! Sorry for being so slack on the blogging front recently. What with the move, the new job and everything in between, I have just been too busy. A very good busy though. Last weekend I went back home for the one weekend of the year where literally my whole family are in Harrogate. As much as I love my new life in Newcastle, there’s no place like home and spending quality time with the family.

This year, all the boys went to The Open Golf Championships, so us girls thought that if the boys can enjoy a day out, then why can’t we?

After much deliberation, we ended up booking ourselves in for Coniston Estate’s Sparkling Afternoon Tea in Coniston Cold, Skipton.

The very first thing we noticed was the view. You can’t miss it! Much to our delight, we were placed on a long window table overlooking the Coniston Lake, so it’s safe to say our Afternoon Tea experience started extremely well.

We decided to go for the prosecco afternoon tea, which was so so nice and I thought it would look pretty with a beauty and the beast style rose…

This was followed by endless amounts of tea, which is where the afternoon tea wasn’t so great. We were never given enough tea but when we were, it was cold. It would also take a while to get some hot water. This said, we were more than happy with the prosecco anyway!!

Our afternoon tea arrived, jam packed full and you can probably tell that my eyes were way bigger than my belly!

The afternoon tea included:
– Sandwiches; Cheese and chutney, ham and mustard, smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg and cress.
– Snacks; pork pies, duck spring rolls.
– Scone with butter, jam and clotted cream.
– Cakes; profiterole, eaton mess, lemon meringue whirl, walnut cake.

I did quite well and managed it all apart from the walnut cake.

After we stayed and chatted for what seemed hours (the view was too nice to leave!), we decided to go and have a look at the spa. Cheekily, we asked for a tour. You can imagine the looks we were getting, six ladies walking through a spa fully dressed. Oh well!! Anyway, the spa was to die for. Built in 2015, everything was still brand-spanking new. Again, they’ve taken advantage of the view, with an infinity hot tub overlooking the Coniston Lake and the Yorkshire Dales. We loved it so much, that we have already pencilled it in for next year.

So if I was to rate Coniston Estate’s Sparkling Afternoon Tea, I’d give it a 8/10. The food, prosecco and setting was great! However, the service could do with a bit of an improvement. However, for £19.50 per person through afternoon, you can’t go wrong!

Where’s your favourite place to go for afternoon tea?

Soph xx

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