As soon as my mum says she is coming to stay, I get searching for our next afternoon tea to review, as I think a tradition of eating cake, scones and cute finger sandwiches should always be upheld, and we found a great local spot, the Secret Garden, just outside Ashford in Kent.
We both love a traditional afternoon tea, as well as a great location, and normally we do choose luxury hotels, but I just love that the Secret Garden is always so beautiful and peaceful, they have the cutest chintzy china, and it really does make the perfect spot to catch up over a pot of tea.
In the summer, it is perfect to sit outside looking out on the garden, but it is just as pretty inside in the warmth. I love the cute decor, the lovely staff, as well as the tea choices, and the fact you never feel like you are sat on top of each other. It really is a secret gem.
As both my mum and I are vegetarian, I asked ahead for veggie sandwiches, which the Secret Garden were happy to do, and the options were delicious. We had an egg mayonnaise open roll, which I have to say was my favourite, as well as cheese and pickle, and beetroot humous, and a lovely surprise of homemade cheese straws, a great addition to the savoury tier of our afternoon tea.
As many afternoon tea fans will know, whether the place is worth returning depends on the scones, the middle tier is always the most important, and thankfully the Secret Garden’s fruit scones were amazing, and I loved that they were still warm to the touch, and even more impressed with the homemade clotted cream and strawberry jam, as well as the waiters remarks don’t hesitate to ask for more cream. Now, that’s service I can get on board with.
Afternoon Tea at the Secret Garden in Kent
The top layer, all about seasonal fancies, was impressive, with a traditional twist, which I liked. We had the most amazing chocolate brownie, a lemon parfait, a rhubarb and custard cheesecake-style desert, a fruit pastille, as well as a slab of fudge. This was sugar-overload in the best possible way.
If I had to pick my favourite cake, it would have to be the rhubarb and custard, it was unexpected and different, and I do love a seasonal twist, next up, most definitely the clotted cream fudge, I only wish you could buy a whole bag of it as it was so yummy.
As you probably can see it was a lot, such good value for £23.95 per person, during the week, slightly more at the weekend at £25.96. Also, don’t worry if you can’t finish it all, as they are happy to provide a box or two to take home leftovers.