Being foodies, our Christmas presents nearly always include a restaurant voucher or food in some shape or form. Last year we were given a voucher for afternoon tea at Greywalls. The instructions on the card read ‘Pick a nice day, it’s gorgeous’. Hmmm… picking a nice day with any certainty in Scotland would be a challenge. We booked in on a Sunday in September, unbelievably we couldn’t have picked a more perfect day. The weather gods were certainly kind to us and we left for Gullane with high hopes.
As we drove up the impressive driveway, the sun beaming down, we were all lifted by the prospect of a delicious afternoon tea in such beautiful surroundings.
We arrived a little early and had the opportunity to wander around the gardens which included the kitchen garden. There were chickens, bees, all manner of fruits and veg, and even doves. All very romantic.
Having worked up an appetite we were shown to the conservatory where we were offered a tea menu. Alex chose Earl g=Grey, Erin had peppermint, and I opted for silver needle.
Then began the procession of slates, plates and stands that carried in the cakes, pastries, scones and sandwiches.
The pastries were my favourite; a Cheese and Ham Pithivier, and a Green Pesto Parmier. Fresh, light, perfectly cooked pastries still piping hot from the oven.
We opted out of the salmon sandwiches so our selection was; Ham and Celeriac on Tomato Bread and Egg Mayonnaise on Curry Flavoured Bread. Two unusual flavours but we really enjoyed them.
On the cake stand were Fruit and Plain Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream. The tier below held Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake and Lemon Cake – a slice of each for everyone!
The side plate had yet more goodies including Choux Pastry Buns, Mini Chocolate Sandwiches and a Lemon Posset.
Afternoon Tea at Greywalls is £19.50 per person.