Following on from last week’s blog post, I got the pleasure of spending Saturday indulging with afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey, as a birthday treat from Poppy.
I’ve been to Coombe Abbey Country Park so many times, but this time it was nice to swap the muddy wellies and a wooly hat for a bit of sophistication (the place, not Poppy and me)…
As soon as you get to the entrance, especially at Christmas time, you’re mesmerised with all of the Christmas lights and decorations, which genuinely make the Abbey look magical.
We then proceeded to nearly get smacked in the back of the head several times by the enormous front door, as we tried to get a little picture.
We wandered through to the conservatory area, passing the pianist playing Christmas songs on the grand piano next to the stunning Christmas tree. It was all so overwhelming and beautiful; I almost felt like I could cry, ha!
All of the décor inside is very traditional and elegant, and makes you feel like royalty – the royal feeling continues when you’re handed a glass of champagne on arrival.
When our three-tiered banquet of food arrived, we were practically dribbling over the table with excitement! All of the menu selection was Christmas-themed and it really sparked the festive spirit that I felt like I’ve been lacking this year.
We chatted, laughed, ate ourselves into a sugary utopia and before we knew it, three hours had passed?!
Apparently, Coombe Abbey host two sittings for afternoon tea and we had exhausted our sitting and our table was booked for another party. The manager apologised profusely to us and gave us complimentary drinks of our choice at the bar… There’s nothing better than when a good day just keeps getting better.
It’s one of those places that you just don’t know where to look because you’re bowled over by the intricacy of the designs and interiors. I’d love to go back in the summer and experience the difference! Although, I’m definitely convinced that it’s haunted.
I’m still full just thinking about the afternoon and I cannot thank Poppy enough for going to the effort of organising it (also very crafty to plan a present that you can reap the rewards of too)!
“I think to eat cake is very good for us.” – Mary Berry
Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire