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.
Afternoon tea at the Castle Hotel Windsor
The room was immaculately decorated and was accented with blush pinks and pastel lilac flourishes – 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 – I thought this was a lovely interactive touch.
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 – 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.
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.
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 – a soft profiterole covered in milk chocolate and hazelnuts with a caramel centre.
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.
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.