What can I say? Another week, another Afternoon Tea!
This time the girls and I hopped in the car for a short journey to Kilworth House in south Leicestershire, here in the UK. I’m not sure if I’ve just been living in a cave or if it’s just one of those places that doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. Either way, I thought I’d share it on here so that you can discover it too.
Kilworth House Hotel and Theatre
It’s a grade II listed 19th-century country house that’s home to a very English hotel, a cute theatre and a very classy orangery where they serve Afternoon Tea.
It’s very clear from the moment you walk in the door that it’s full of English charm, with rooms named after notable figures of our history. Huge chandeliers hang above impressive staircases and it’s hard to know whether to gawk at them or the huge stainless glass windows. If you love Harry Potter, you’ll be completely taken with the style of the property.
Even the flooring is a tale in itself, morphing from art-deco style tiles to traditional carpets. The roaring fire just adds to the country home charm.
The theatre was added in 2007 and is housed in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds. There are often shows and events on, like jazz evenings, murder mystery nights and performances like West Side Story.
Kilworth House Afternoon Tea
The Afternoon Tea is served in what I think is the best part of this country house – The Orangery. Unlike the rest of the property it’s bright and full of light. The architecture is similar to a beautifully grand train station or a very pretty greenhouse. It looks out onto stunning grounds and I can imagine it’s completely dreamy in the winter, with frosted trees and white lawns.
Twinkly lights shimmer demurely, whilst the grand piano screams for your attention. We were desperate for someone to hop on and a woo us with tunes of jazz.
Smartly dressed staff spring to attention as soon as you enter and despite the booking calendar being full, it really doesn’t feel very busy at all, which suited us just fine – no rushing and time to savour every mouthful!
You’re given the option of a variety of ten teas, including herbal ones, and coffee. To be honest though, we were more interested in the champagne. One glass was included in our booking and we ended up ordering more because it went down far too easily!
You’re asked what sandwiches you’d like from a selection of classics such as egg mayonnaise, cucumber and smoked salmon. You can also choose whether you’d like brown or white bread, and vegetarians like myself are easily catered for too.
The scones are on the larger side, but despite this you’re each given two; one vanilla and one fruit. Although nice, they weren’t anything to write home about. They did start the debate about which should come first; cream or jam. I’m totally on the ‘cream, then jam team’.
As per usual, I think it’s all about the sweet bites. We visited during Valentine’s Day weekend, so ours were suitably themed. We enjoyed macarons, gooey chocolate boxes, custard tarts and more. Admirably we worked our way through the lot, rating each one on its taste. Surprisingly the strawberry and custard one scored highly, mostly thanks to the tasty chocolate heart that decorated it.
Overall, if you’re within an hour or so of the area it’s worth a visit (more so for the venue, than the food itself, though it is tasty). Just make sure you book ahead as the diary fills up quickly. Afternoon Tea starts from £25 per person.
Address: Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6JE, England
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