We’ve all gone a bit mad for pink gin, haven’t we? It’s the ultimate summer drink for 2018.
Now, imagine pairing a vhilled, refreshingly sweet pink gin with a delicious Afternoon Tea… Better yet, imagine infusing an afternoon tea WITH pink gin? Yep, that’s the ultimate summer treat right there.
And it’s brought to you by the lovely lot at Matfen Hall Hotel and Spa. Until the 31st August 2018, you can visit the beautiful stately hotel and enjoy an afternoon tea inspired by the latest on-trend spirit for just £20 per person as part of their summers offers at Matfen Hall.
I took Mama Jan along to see what all the fuss was about and we had a rather lovely Saturday afternoon in the hotel’s Library Restaurant. A shame we couldn’t have enjoyed a gin or two more…
But we stuck with the one which was presented to us as we sat down in the elegant dining area, A Pinkster Gin (tge good stuff) and Fever Tree Tonic. We were also offered a selection of teas and coffee, of which we both opted for the pot of coffee.
The Pink Gin Afternoon Tea includes a selection of delicate finger sandwiches; salmon, egg mayonnaise, ham and mustard and cucumber and cream cheese. Each filling was sufficient and the bread, both white and brown was fresh.
As with most afternoon tea selections, that’s where the savoury treats ended. On the tier above, we had four scones; two fruit and two plain. They were served with a lovely tangy jam and thick clotted cream.
The scones were still warm, which is always a winner. A crusty outer layer and a soft, moist and fluffy middle – all you could possible want from the iconic British number.
The top tier was full of gin themed delights including a raspberry gin jelly, was really strong. You could definitely taste the gin but it wasn’t unpleasant, it gave it a tart, bitter element. Mama Jan could not get enough of it, but she is a bit of a pisshead so it was right up her street.
There was a pink gin and raspberry cheesecake which was really light and creamy with less of a gin presence compared to the jelly.
Now, here is where I struggle to pick a favourite. The final two were a Rhubarb and Ginger Gin cake and a Sloe Gin and White Chocolate Tart.
I love carrot cake and the Rhubarb and Ginger Gin number had that rich spicy, nutty flavour that you associate with a good carrot cake or Christmas – so good. It was a perfect springy sponge, that wasn’t too dense, and a thin coating of sweet icing across the top.
On the other hand, I also really love white chocolate. And sloe gin for that matter. So the combination of the two in tart form was absolutely scrumptious. It had a lovely balance of flavours, especially with the generous dollop of whipped cream on top that cut through the sugar, making it not overly sweet or sickly – and it was cute as a button, look!
Not sure I can pick a winner… maybe I’ll just have to go back, try them all again and make my mind up?!
The service was great throughout too, and we got a cute little table overlooking the golf course (ideal for people watching, if you’re nosy like us). The whole hotel itself is really rather lovely, recently renovated with an upgraded menu, you could quite easily spend the afternoon wandering their grounds and snapping some seriously insta-worthy pictures.
If you’re currently experiencing the blues because the sunshine has finally remembered that England doesn’t usually have a proper summer and buggered off, book a treat for you and the girls, or your Mama, and get back into the feel-good spirit with Matfen Halls’ Pink Gin Afternoon Tea.
Lots of love, LB x
Disclaimer: This was a complimentary experience provided by Matfen Hall, all views are my own. Read more about disclosure here.