I took a friend for afternoon tea at the Red Lion. A lovely courtyard and setting, but how disappointing was the afternoon tea. A poor choice of common teas, No hot water to top up the teapots, the ... more
I took a friend for afternoon tea at the Red Lion. A lovely courtyard and setting, but how disappointing was the afternoon tea. A poor choice of common teas, No hot water to top up the teapots, the cups were plain and almost chunky, the sort you might buy at Tesco’s, the thick sliced white cottony bread may also have come from Tesco’s, the butter didn’t taste like real butter nor did it look like it. The cheese I ordered was sort of precut squares, the ham was precut thin tasteless stuff. Only 3 sandwiches each. Let’s move onto the cakes, they were presented on a boringly plain cake stand, the cakes were jostled on the stand with some of the raspberry decorations missing. It looked like a blob of lemon curd in a pre bought tart case, I think they should have made a lemon custard at the least. But I must say, the scones were good. The jam was in little jars which you can buy in the cash and carry, the Cornish cream also the same. It was all very disappointing, not the dainty affair it should be, all just plonked on and apart from the actual scones, it all seemed as it had come from the supermarket. This is just my honest opinion. I would not return. But it looks a nice hotel. The waiter was very attentive and polite.
Lastly, I would have been nice if the hotel could ban people from smoking at the tables, I know it was outside but someone smoked 4 cigarettes on the table next to us while we were there. less