Visited for the Afternoon Tea by Gum with a group of friends, and we all agreed that the food was lovely. There was plenty of it too and beautifully presented.
Tea and coffee were served in gorgeous , vintage, china cups and saucers, all of which were mismatched, along with the cake stands and tea plates. It made the ‘tea’ look even prettier. The best edible items were the mini cheese tartlets - wonderful.
We were looked after by very cheerful staff, and tea and coffee replenished as necessary.
The visit lost a star for lack of ambience. Afternoon Tea was served in the restaurant at tables as if we were about to eat lunch. The room lacked character and was very empty and echoey. There were five of us and it felt a little awkward the way that we were grouped around the table, with five, three tier cake stands on the table between us making conversation feel a little difficult. Also, when we arrived the restaurant smelled heavily of fish.
It really was very tasty and well presented food that was fit for any afternoon tea, sadly let down by the surroundings. Our table did have a view of the busy street outside, with a cornet of the Minster in sight, so the Dean Court is in an excellent position.