This week I celebrated my 22nd birthday (cue the Taylor Swift song). I have to say 22 was a bit of an anti-climax after turning 21 the year before, especially as I won’t hit another milestone age until I’m 30! It was also a bit meh as I unfortunately spent the day at work.
Knowing I’d be spending my birthday at work, Aaron kindly surprised me with afternoon tea on the weekend before my birthday. I had no idea where we were going, which was so exciting! I was pleasantly surprised when we turned up at the beautiful Burley Manor, a hotel in the New Forest. We’d spoken about visiting here before but we’d never got round to it. The hotel is honestly stunning; it has an old-fashioned vibe with an elegant, modern twist, paired with sophisticated yet cosy interiors. A lot of people get married here and I have to say it’s now on my dream list of places to tie the knot when I’m older – haha!
We were welcomed by the lovely staff who showed us to our table, which was so cosy! We basically had a big armchair each to sit in and had a table in the middle. The room was filled with old paintings, stained glass windows and furniture which gave the place a ‘regal’ vibe. We were then given the menu for us to look at whilst we had some of our tea. Breakfast tea is always my fave. The staff were also really good about my allergy too – luckily all the food was suitable for me but they were prepared to make adjustments if not!
The afternoon tea came on a cute little wooden rack and was full to the brim with tasty treats! We had plain and golden raisin sweet scones, which were warm and delicious. Mmmmm. You honestly can’t beat a good scone can you?! They weren’t too big or too small, which was good – big scones are great but then there’s not enough room for everything else! I’m definitely a clotted cream then lots of jam on top person when it comes to scones. Could never do it the other way round IMO.
We started off with a range of savoury bites, which was mini trout tarts (which I gave to Aaron as I’m not a majorly fishy person), hummus, pepper & cucumber sandwich (surprisingly yummy as I’ve never had anything like that before!) and a Moroccan chicken sandwich, which was delicious and full of flavour. My personal favourite was the parmesan scone with pancetta ham. Omg, this was just SO good. I could have eaten about three!
For our sweet treats alongside our scones, we had strawberry macaroons, French opera cake, a little pot of lemon posset & blueberries & mini strawberry tarts. I loved the macaroons as I’d never actually tried them before. Everything was so delicious and fresh, and it was also nice to have a combination of fruity and chocolatey! The service throughout our afternoon tea was fab as well, whenever our tea looked low someone always offered to top it up. Overall Aaron and I both thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. We want to go back to try food from their main restaurant next!
As you can see, the building is just stunning. Couldn’t resist getting a cheeky Insta snap or two in front of it! I’ve been really into wearing trousers instead of jeans recently, they’re just so much more comfy and it’s great when the weather’s sunny but not warm enough for shorts! I bought these plisse culottes from Topshop about 3 years ago and I’ve actually only just started wearing them. God knows why I didn’t stop wearing them sooner as I love them! This top was also an old buy from River Island which also hasn’t had much wear over the past couple of years, but I’ve been loving it again recently. It’s funny how you can suddenly fall in love with clothes after owning them for so long. My leather jacket is an old buy from Topshop (I actually got it for passing my GCSE’s lol, which was 6 years ago!). I paired it with some loafers from ASOS and my fave bag from Abbott Lyon.
Where’s your favourite spot for afternoon tea?