Ladies Afternoon Tea in Windsor
Afternoon tea reviews,  Europe,  Food,  UK

Ladies Afternoon Tea in Windsor

Keri and I recently enjoyed a special ladies afternoon tea in Windsor. The creation of the Castle Hotel Windsor, the limited edition Ladies Afternoon Tea is available throughout March in celebration of International Women’s Day at the start of the month and Mother’s Day at the end.

Big smiles welcomed us as we arrived and we were shown to a perfectly pastel (and very Instagrammable!) mezzanine where our high tea would be served.

Ladies Afternoon Tea in Windsor
I would love my living room to look like this!

Afternoon tea at the Castle Hotel Windsor

The room was immaculately decorated and was accented with blush pinks and pastel lilac flourishes ā€“ you could tell a lot of time and thought had gone into the decoration here. Bouquets of peonies, roses and foxgloves adorned tables and shelves and gave out a lovely, welcoming aroma.

A drink for the occasion

We were offered a welcome drink called ‘Heart of two rivers’, a specially created gin cocktail with hints of rose and lemon, which was delicious. The 1920s inspired glasses were presented beautifully on silver trays with the cocktail in small bottles for you to pour yourself ā€“ I thought this was a lovely interactive touch.

Beautiful rose cocktails.

Afternoon tea for two in Windsor

Once we were seated, the pots of tea we’d ordered were brought to our tables and our afternoon tea was served. Three t trays of delights were left for us to ogle before devouring ā€“ the thing that stood out most was how pretty everything looked.

Also, I’ve found at some afternoon teas the treats can be dry and you can tell they have been sat on a tray for a while. Not so with this one, everything was so fresh and delicious.

Ladies Afternoon Tea in Windsor

Starting from the bottom with the savories, the three sandwiches we had consisted of beetroot and goat’s cheese served on beetroot bread, roast chicken and mayonnaise on basil bread, and cucumber and cream cheese on white bread.

I’m not a huge fan of beetroot, but actually I didn’t mind the taste as it wasn’t too strong. The basil bread didn’t give much flavour although it smelled strongly, but it worked well with the chicken and looked very appetising. And you can’t go wrong with a classic cucumber sandwich – a must for an English high tea in my book!

My favourite of the savouries though was a salmon and cod crispbread, large flakes of fish and a crunchy base made for a really tasty combination.

This crispbread was divine.

Next we moved onto the huge, still warm scones. They had a deliciously crisp crust with a sweet icing sugar topping and the fruit one was absolutely packed with sultanas. Lashings of jam and clotted cream were served alongside so we piled them high.

We had to have a break in between the middle and top layers because the sandwiches and scones were quite filling. But once we got there, we found everything to be divine.

We had two brightly coloured macarons, yellow was lemon and green was pistachio, both beautifully crisp and chewy at the same time. There was also chocolate ganache-like mousse with a cocoa topping, biscuit base and secret caramel swirl inside, a bite-sized fruity cheesecake and a light cupcake with super sweet vanilla icing.

Our favourite bit was the cake pop though ā€“ a soft profiterole covered in milk chocolate and hazelnuts with a caramel centre.

I’m so glad we had room left for these!

The service was fantastic and we were never left wanting for anything. As soon as we’d poured the last drops of tea from the pots they were whisked away to be refilled and we were offered fresh plates and cutlery for the sweets.

Celebrating female entrepreneurs

We were invited to try out this special afternoon tea on International Women’s Day and part of the celebrations included hearing from some successful female entrepreneurs.

Milliner Fernanda Lewis makes exclusive and bespoke hats for all occasions briefly spoke about her business as well as showcasing a few of her designs which were dotted around the room. She was joined by harpist Amanda Whiting, who played a great variety of music throughout the event, from her own renditions of modern pop songs through to some classic jazz.

A few of Fernanda’s designs.

The Castle Hotel is hosting this charming high tea throughout the month of March so if you’re looking for a perfect way to spend Mother’s Day, a birthday, or just a get together, this afternoon tea in Windsor is a great idea.

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Our afternoon tea was complimentary for the purposes of this review. However, as always, all views are my own.

Laura works for a charity as a communications manager and uses as much of her holiday as possible to travel the world. She loves to go on European city breaks as well as longer trips further afield and is keen to see more of the USA and South East Asia...


  • California Globetrotter

    LOVE this afternoon tea! It’s so beautiful and I love that it was in honor of female entrepreneurs! That rose and lemon gin cocktail sounds right up my alley! I love anything rose flavored! #FarawayFiles

  • Angie

    This is all so pretty. Its very easy to see the attention to detail here. Starting with a pour your own gin cocktail is a lovely touch. I can see why you had such good time #Farawayfiles

  • oregongirlaroundtheworld

    Ok – don’t hate me, but I’ve never actually been to a real afternoon tea. Clearly that needs to be rectified stat. This one actually looks really truly lovely – you had me at gin tbh – and the decor divine. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles. Cheers from Copenhagen (where we do have one or two good afternoon tea purveyors – so I’m told! wink wink)

    • Laura

      Oh you should absolutely try one out if you can, it’s such a lovely way to spend an afternoon! It was truly lovely šŸ™‚ the decor was definitely my favourite detail. Cheers from the UK!

    • Keri

      Erin, we are totally going to rectify that when I come over next month. I’m currently looking at the Nimb bar’s afternoon tea – up for that? ttps://

  • Hilary

    We always enjoy an afternoon tea, and this looks like a lovely one! We also try to visit Windsor every now and again, so will see this in mind for next time. #farawayfiles

    • Laura

      I’d never been to Windsor before and I loved it, I’ll definitely had to go back to explore some more. I hope you get to visit and try out this afternoon tea!

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