Afternoon Tea at The Park Royal Hotel, Warrington (Review)

Jennifer Lam attends the new Afternoon Tea at The Park Royal Hotel in Warrington

Afternoon Tea… who doesn’t love a good Afternoon Tea?! It’s arguably one of the most British leisurely pastimes that you can engage in. I know I love a good cuppa and a slice of cake when catching up with those closest to me. I was kindly invited to try out the new Afternoon Tea at The Park Royal Hotel, and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity!

Location

The Park Royal Hotel is based in Stretton, in Warrington. It was about a 45-minute drive for us. However, we ended up driving through a toll on the way, and you must be very careful about this! The signs are not very obvious that you’re passing through a toll, and I know of people who have been fined for not realising. There are probably ways around the toll, so research your journey before you go. It’s called the Mersey Gateway Toll. The hotel itself is in a quiet location, which would be a great place to stay if you’re looking for a mini getaway, or spa break.

Jenny Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic enjoying the table set up at The Park Royal Hotel

The scones that come with the Afternoon Tea at The Park Royal Hotel, Warrington, Cheshire

What Happened When I Arrived

We parked up in the massive carpark that is available around the hotel. It isn’t clear where you need to go, so I thought the best thing to do is go to the reception desk. The lady at the desk was very pleasant, and told me to head to the bar that was next to the reception to make them aware of my Afternoon Tea booking. We went to the bar, and the bar staff pointed at the booth they reserved for us.

Admittedly, I was a little confused, as we were placed in a bar area with businessmen surrounding us. So, the atmosphere didn’t seem quite right for a leisurely Afternoon Tea, as we were the only table who ordered Afternoon Tea.

Cheshire-based blogger Jenny Lam from The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic enjoys Afternoon Tea at The Park Royal Hotel based in Warrington

What Did I Think of the Afternoon Tea Experience At The Park Royal Hotel?

When the Afternoon Tea was brought to our table, it was presented on a wonderful stand. Just seeing all of the sandwiches and cakes was enough to make you drool! The only thing missing was having a staff member explain to us what were in each of the sandwiches, and what the cakes were. It’d be useful for someone as fussy as I am when it comes to sandwich fillings.

“This was probably one of the most authentic experiences I’ve had as a reviewer.”

The staff members weren’t actually briefed that I was reviewing the Afternoon Tea. This meant that my experience from start to finish would have been like any other normal customer who went in for Afternoon Tea. This is a positive that I took from the experience, as I realised that other places I have reviewed tend to give you special treatment if they know the purposes of your visit.

Pouring tea at The Park Royal Hotel, Warrington

The cake selection on offer for the Afternoon Tea at The Park Royal Hotel, Warrington

In summary, with the Afternoon Tea being a new addition to the menu at The Park Royal Hotel, there is still room for improvement. It is normally £18 per person, so there could be a few more touches that could be added to make the experience seem more luxurious. This could include placing customers in a better lit area away from the bar to give a more leisurely atmosphere, the staff could give a quick run through of what the Afternoon Tea included, and a menu of the selection of drinks available alongside the Afternoon Tea would be the perfect touch.

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DISCLAIMER: The Afternoon Tea is complimentary of The Park Royal Hotel. However, I did pay for an additional person to join us. All opinions expressed in this review are my own honest opinions. You can read my full disclosure here.

13 Comments

  1. June 26, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    This place is about the same distance from me but I didn’t know they serve afternoon tea! I love your honest review and I agree the fact they didn’t know you were reviewing them made your experience a lot more authentic

    Kate xx
    http://www.mummywho.co

  2. Ann
    June 26, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Cool review!

  3. June 27, 2018 / 11:55 am

    The food looks yummy! Especially the jam! That is good that they didn’t know you were reviewing, so you got the legit experience! Being a veggie and really fussy when it comes to food I wouldn’t have liked not knowing what was in the sandwiches! I don’t think I would ever come here seeing as it is very far away but I do really fancy some cream and scones now!! xx

    • July 16, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      Yes, it was delicious! Yeah definitely! I can imagine, and credits to you for being a vegetarian because I definitely couldn’t do it! Aww well if you ever passed by Cheshire, you know where to go!xx

  4. June 30, 2018 / 1:06 am

    I’ve been wanting to try an afternoon tea for while – there are some in the LA area that looks worthy XD. Though, I know I won’t get the real deal unless it’s in the UK XD. Ooh! I need to check out the one at the Park Royal Hotel if I ever hit up Warrington. You got some delicious finger food going on there. Glad you enjoyed your time there ♥

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • July 16, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      It’s amazing, I’d definitely recommend it for a catch up with friends! If you ever visit, that’s definitely something to look forward to! Thank you so much, Nancy! 🙂

  5. July 15, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I need to head over to the Europe and experience afternoon tea because I’m just not sure we have stuff like that here in the US, I guess coffee is a big deal here. I like that the hotel was giving you a true experience so you could review them authentically, that’s good business practice.

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • July 16, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      The UK definitely do the best afternoon tea’s around (probably a little biased)! If you ever do come to the UK, there are plenty around. Coffee in the US is definitely next level! Yes, I completely agree. Thank you for leaving your thoughts!

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