Cirencester is a lovely town in the east of Gloucestershire that’s known for its rich Roman history. There are many nice places to eat in the Cotswold city, with all kinds of cuisine on offer.
There was a sparkling wine afternoon tea offer available on Groupon at the three-star hotel, which was just £15.00 for two people. I bought the voucher as a Christmas present for my nan.
Inside the building, the interiors are a little dated and its crying out for a refurbishment. It really is a beautiful building with a large, well-maintained garden and so if the inside reflected the outside I think it would make it seem quite inviting. The reception area looked shabby with typed up notices papering the walls.
We were seen through to the restaurant where we were seated opposite a large window with great views across the garden. We were then served two glasses of sparkling wine, and not long after, the cake stand with the tea.
The finger sandwiches were white bread with ham and wholegrain mustard and the brown sandwiches filled with cheddar and pickle. The sandwiches were fine but nothing overly special, but I am also conscious the offer for the tea was inexpensive. After we finished those, our tea and coffee was served at our request, once we’d finished the wine. The coffee came in a smaller pot and the tea in a much larger pot.
Next we ate the plain scones, still warm, with a generous helping of clotted cream and strawberry jam. These were very delicious – though scones with jam and cream are pretty difficult to get wrong.
The cakes that adorned the stand’s middle tier consisted of sweet mini meringues filled with cream and strawberries, a small (and I’m assuming) shop-bought tart pastry filled with a raspberry coulis and sweet cream cheese filling that was pleasant enough, a strange puff pastry item that was stodgy and filled with an egg-custard type item and heavy sponge cakes topped with white chocolate and a dark chocolate butter cream. When I asked the waiting staff what the cakes actually were, they didn’t have a clue and I found this disappointing. I think restaurant staff should be able to tell you what they’re serving you. This made me doubt any of the cakes were actually homemade.
Though, it’s not all doom and gloom. I think for £15 for two people for afternoon tea and two glasses of sparkling wine is not a bad price, and it was pretty good value for money. And I was able to get three cups of tea out of the pot too.
There was a couple of people at the hotel also having the same, which suggests to me the deal has been popular. We had a nice few hours though I do think the food could have been better and that the waiting staff could know what they are plopping down in front of the customers.
Stratton House Hotel, Gloucester Rd, Cirencester. GL7 2LE. Tel: 0844 855 9129.