FollyTea Rooms, Holt, Norfolk.
Not so much a product review today as a place/afternoon tea review,
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My long time friend Di had a voucher for afternoon tea f0or two for here so kindly invited myself and two other good friends to go with her. Having been there before she knew just how big afternoon tea for two was, and that with a little extra it would be perfect for the four of us. We’ve all been friends for over 20 years now, since we all worked together before I became disabled.
Anyway yesterday we all went out in a typical UK rainy January day and sat in the warmth of the gorgeous conservatory part of the tea rooms. I was in my wheelchair, and there was easy access through the door and across the room. Sometimes it gets such a faff that I’d rather not go, when assistants have to ask everyone to stand up so they can move chairs and tables, or dig through the depths of their storage for ramps that are so little used they’ve forgotten where they are…Its amazing how often even now businesses just aren’t equipped for disabled customers. This is in a tiny, tiny side alley – no roadway, old buildings typical of the Georgian one that comprise Holt, and it shows what can be done with the right attention. I loved it, loved being just like anyone else, able to drop in and sit comfortably with a cup of tea, not made to feel like they’d really I wasn’t there…They’ve got a lovely outdoor area too, we’re already planning a trip back when the sun shines!
Tea for two includes a huge pot of tea, milk, sugar cubes, all in beautiful china containers, not paper and plastic post and sachets, with proper loose leaf tea with strainers. There’s a massive selection of teas to choose, plus coffees and hot chocolates. Di and Zena opted for the Folly Classic, a combination of a strong, flavoursome black tea from the Assam region of India and of refreshing Sri Lankan Dimbula giving a bright and malty brew. A classic pick-me-up at any time of day. (indian assam, sri lankan dimbula black tea) Boil freshly drawn water, infuse leaves for three minutes and drink with or without milk. Sylv had Mint and Fennel £2.40 per PERSON Classic peppermint for cooling and digestive properties, blended with fennel for a twist on this favourite herbal pick-me-up. Fennel is also well known as a digestive aid and is believed to help with slimming. (Peppermint, Fennel) Heat freshly drawn water to just off the boil, infuse for three minutes and drink without milk. My choice was hard, so many tempting teas but I opted for Folly Violet £2.40 per PERSON Exquisitely fragrant! This unique, nostalgic blend of delicate Ceylon black tea and bright blue cornflowers is full of sweet violet flavour and aroma. The perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea. (Sri Lankan black tea, Blue cornflowers, Flavour) Boil freshly drawn water, infuse for three minutes and drink with or without milk. That was fabulous, a good flavoursome tea with a hint of violet, not enough to overpower, just to enhance. they does those wonderful teas too where a flower unfolds in the water. Click on the menu’s on the website and they download as PDF, with full info and prices.
Then we added sausage rolls for two to the order, and that came as four delicious ones, packed with meat, lovely flaky soft pastry and warmed served with onion marmalade. The tea for two comprised eight rectangular crustless sandwiches, on a variety of breads: egg and mayo, smoked salmon and cream cheese, turkey and mixed leaves, cream cheese and cucumber ( with skin removed). You can see how every little detail is done to make it feel really special. Then there were two plain and two fruit scones – huge ones, with jam and fresh clotted cream, and the finale, the top tier was a lovely mix of cakes: a meringue with fruits, fruit tartlet, shortbread biscuits, sponge cakes, chocolate sponges, chocolate tiffin style cakes….all wonderfully presented on a huge, three tier cakestand. I took a few pics but it really doesn’t do it justice. Thanks Di, thanks friends, and thanks to the tea room ladies, especially our waitress who made us feel so welcome – and didn’t treat me as anyone different. I don’t want my friends asked what I want, I don’t want my shoulder patted, my hair ruffled, to be told how brave I am, how well I do (yes, I’ve had all of those)…I just want – and received – to be treated as everyone else. I am the same, just on wheels instead of legs 🙂
Click on images for bigger pics. Take a closer look at those yummy cakes and sandwiches!!