Red Letter Days are a company that offer you the opportunity to gift a trip or an experience to a loved one. These are a great idea if you have a person who is always difficult to buy for, that situation of what do you give the person who either has everything, or wants nothing. Last weekend I tried out a Red Letter Days experience for myself, when I went for a luxury afternoon tea at the home of golf in the Midlands, The Belfry.
The experience of booking was super easy and simple. I was sent my Red Letter Experience as an e-voucher, and then emailed The Belfry for availability on my chosen date. If you prefer a physical voucher, this can be sent too. The Belfry were quick to respond to my booking.so all I now needed to do was turn up and enjoy.
The Belfry is a stunning venue, with afternoon teas taking place in the plush, Art Deco styled Brabozon Bar. The atmosphere is relaxed, but I was immediately struck by how attentive the staff were – we were seated immediately and told all about the selection of teas available, that we could choose any kind of coffee if we preferred, or a cold drink. We were also informed that hot drinks and sandwiches were all replenishable – we only had to ask. After a recent poor experience at the Laura Ashley tearooms where we were literally ignored and waited more than 45 minutes for food, this was really pleasing. A fabulous start to our afternoon.
The Afternoon tea option we had chosen was the Champagne one (of course), and a glorious glass of fizz, complete with strawberries was presented as we perused the tea menu. I opted for a latte whilst my husband went for ‘The Full English’. (Other choices included ‘The Earl Grey’.’The Mighty Assam’ and ‘Decaf Ceylon’.) At this point we also received our sandwiches and cakes, with the exception of the scones, which are served to order as they are served warm.
There was a good range of sandwiches including ham, cheese and onion and egg mayonnaise, we asked for them to be replenished twice and they were delivered promptly to our table. But this is an afternoon tea that is all about the glorious selection of cakes, with fruit loaf, red velvet cake, raspberry cheesecake and a passion fruit meringue. Each and every sweet treat offered something a little different, and all were totally delicious.
The scones were warm and tasty, a mixture of plain and fruit, but if I had to make a complaint, they were a little on the small side, although very tasty. This was the only fault I could make as the service and food was excellent and I would highly recommend.
A Champagne Afternoon Tea for two experience at The Belfry costs £79. You can find all the details here.