The beginning of the week was lovely, it felt like summer had begun and summer dresses abounded on the streets of Kent. What a difference a few days makes. Today I donned, a camisole, a long sleeved t shirt, tights, the dress, a cardigan, proper shoes, a raincoat, and a scarf. Oh must not forget the cap and umbrella! drrr. British weather.
Anyway off my soapbox and onto the hotel. As I said Eastwell Manor is an old country house hotel. It is set in the sort rolling fields reminiscent of a Constable landscape painting.
If you ignore the cars and street lamps and any other reminders of the 21st Century. Oh and I am still working on panorama photographs, so apologies for that.
The interior is beautiful, I arrived early, ordered a coffee and sat in a little nook to read The coffee arrived quickly, in a 2 1/2 cup cafetiere, with a pretty china cup and saucer. Not something that I am used to as usually coffee is served in a standard issue mug. This was so much more elegant.
This is the lounge and reception area as you walk into the hotel.
Afternoon tea was served promptly at 3 pm, in this room.
It consisted of a round of finger sandwiches, one smoked salmon, one egg, one ham and a herby mayonaisse, and one cheese, 2 freshly made scones with jam and clotted cream, and 3 cakes. My only gripe (if it can be called that) is that one of the selection of cakes was a cup cake. Now I know cup cakes look very pretty, but what happened to traditional British fairy cakes. It would be nice to see fairy cakes on some menus again.
It was a lovely afternoon, the service was friendly, efficient, and prompt. The setting and interior was spectacular and I met up with some lovely ladies whom I had met earlier in the year and made some new friends.