The Grey Traveller award for the best afternoon tea goes to The Hambrough in the lovely Victorian seaside town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. The chilled glass of bubbly set the tone for a classy experience in the window seat looking out over Ventnor’s seafront. What could be better?
The tea was served and crafted by Joanne Ford and she took time to describe the food that we could not wait to get started on. The sandwiches were served on a beautiful wooden platter and included brie and grape, egg mayonnaise, honey roasted ham and mustard and smoked salmon and cream cheese.
We were then served warm plain and sultana scones with jam and clotted cream followed by an array of dainty cakes on a three tiered high tea serving plate…….. it was Grey Traveller heaven. The cakes included miniature pink macaroons, lemon drizzle and chocolate brownie followed by a fruit crumble and yet more clotted cream.
The Hambrough is a luxury hotel close to the town, beach and the Isle of Wight coastal path and after that tea I was glad of my beautiful room to relax in before exploring the rest of the town. I’ve had many afternoon teas over the years and in a variety of establishments across the world but this one takes the crowning biscuit or should I say takes the lemon drizzle. Joanne is truly a wonderful baker I just wonder if she has thought about applying for next year’s Bake off! Hope to be back one day soon so I can raise a glass of bubbly in celebration of Joanne’s creativity and skill.