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The AfternoonTea.co.uk Team recently had the opportunity to visit the illustrious Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, to sample the new Afternoon Tea menu.
What a delightful place Gleneagles is. Situated just over an hour north of Edinburgh, by car or train, you catch your first glimpse of the magnificent hotel building as you enter the driveway, reflected in the lake, with golfers dotted around the grounds.
It is like the grandest of London hotels, transported to the Perthshire countryside. Grand hotel, and then some - three golf courses, a plethora of leisure and country pursuits, the only restaurant in Scotland with two Michelin stars, and a luxury shopping arcade. No archery or fishing for us today, as we are here to partake in a culinary leisure activity instead.
The welcome is warm, both at the main entrance and again as we enter the Glendevon Room. Recently refurbished, the Glendevon Room is a delightful and comfortable setting for Afternoon Tea, with a wonderful semi-circular sweep of windows providing panoramic views across the manicured lawns to the Ochil hills beyond. Cabinets displaying books, prints and ceramics, discreetly separate seating areas, with a mix of low sofas and armchairs.
Expectations are high, as Gleneagles has been serving Afternoon Tea since opening in 1924. The background music evokes a sense of the 1920's when Gleneagles hosted the Henry Hall Band entertaining the glamourous guests of the 'Jazz Age'.
A glass of Rose Champagne is offered to put us in a relaxed mood, in anticipation of the feast that follows. In addition to the new 'Signature Afternoon Tea' menu, the team have created special Vegetarian and Gluten-Free alternatives, to ensure that all dietary needs are catered for.
Finger sandwiches are cut with surgical precision to the same neat dimensions. Traditional fillings of egg and cress, roast beef, smoked salmon and cucumber, are each given their own twist with the addition of a shallot confit, sweet dill mayonnaise, served on tomato, lemon or caraway seed bread.
We are also treated to a plate of savoury surprises, in the form of a warm haggis roll, mushrooms in filo pastry and poached trout on soda bread.
Our scones have been warming in the oven and are served with the usual jam and clotted cream, plus lemon curd offered as an alternative. The raisin scones are particularly tasty, enhanced by the subtle addition of Scotch Whisky.
The selection of French Fancies are all served on their own gold card bases, making the process of transportation from stand to plate less precarious and avoiding the need to touch.
Each of the sweet treats is a delight on both the eye and the palate. A light chocolate and malt mousse, redcurrant and gin profiteroles, violet macaron and honey madeleines, all hit the spot. No box required to take home the left overs - there aren't any!
Afternoon Tea at Gleneagles is served from 12:30pm to 3:30pm every day.
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