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!
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.
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.
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.
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.