Afternoon Tea: The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

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I adore the Art Deco era, whether it is in fashion, art or architecture, and one of the best things about the sleepy North West seaside town of Morecambe, that my Mum now lives in, has to be the Art Deco features along the seafront, in particular the gorgeously restored, The Midland Hotel.

A while back when visiting my Mum, and while the sun was shining, we decided to take a walk along the promenade, take some pictures and enjoy afternoon tea at The Midland Hotel’s Sun Terrace Restaurant, which looks out across Morecambe bay.

I love an afternoon tea that masters the fine line between traditional and modern and I think The Midland does that really well. Priced at only £16.50 for the traditional afternoon tea, it is not only excellent value but absolutely delicious. It comes with a selection of finger sandwiches, which for veggies like Mum and I was egg mayonnaise and watercress and cucumber and cream cheese, this was followed up with a gorgeous platter of cakes including a glazed fruit tart, a chocolate éclair and a piece of carrot cake. Finishing off the afternoon tea were some of the best scones I have ever tasted, which were made even nicer with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam.

But afternoon tea is much more than just the food, the service, the setting, the crockery and the tea selection really plays a big part and The Midland completely won me over. From the traditional bone china to the seaside view, everything about this afternoon tea was luxurious, and was topped off nicely with one of the best Earl Grey teas I have ever tasted.

I would totally recommend the afternoon tea if you are in the Morecambe area, and I hope one day I get to stay in the hotel as I would love to see inside one of their luxurious suites!!!

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Originally opened in the 1930s, The Midland Hotel stood in ruins for a number of years until development company Urban Splash lovingly restored it to its former glory and added a few modern touches to the Art Deco hotel and re-opened it in 2008.

There are a number of special elements to the design of this building that I adore, from the decadent seahorses standing tall at the front of the building to Eric Gill’s Neptune and Triton Medallion peering down from the top of the spiral staircase. It is because of buildings like this, designed by architect Oliver Hill that makes me love architecture; I just love how he designed this curving hotel to complement the prom, allowing guests to look out over the bay. They really don’t make buildings like this anymore.

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