Had afternoon tea with a friend hoping to be seated in the lovely bright and sunny conservatory. No such luck - they appeared to be preparing it for an event. We were stuck in what I guess is the breakfast room - quite dark (lights put on about half and hour before we left) and we were the only ones there so absolutely no atmosphere.
Service was excellent to be fair but the actual food was a bit boring and underwhelming. We had two types of sandwiches - smoked salmon and cheese which was lovely and ham which appeared to be tinned ham so not pleasant. Five types of cakes - a scone with jam and cream - this was quite heavy, an inch sized jam and cream sponge - too much jam for the size of the portion and three what I would call quite 'heavy' cakes - madeira, fruit cake and carrot type cake ( I think). I would have liked to have something with a bit of a wow factor. These felt like shop bought slabs cut up. On the plus side, tea and or coffee was unlimited which is hugely important.
Lots of places arte doing afternoon tea and at competitive prices. The Diplomat will not get my return custom sorry. less