Get a group of mums together on a Sunday afternoon, put the dads in charge of the children, and what do the mums want? Tea, cake and bubbles, of course!
Last Sunday, I went with a group of friends to The Garden Kitchen for the afternoon tea picnic, and I have to say, it did not disappoint.
The Garden Kitchen is a restaurant attached to a plant nursery. It’s just outside Clitheroe, in a tiny village called Holden. The roads are typically narrow and winding, but there is ample parking once you are there.
The restaurant has become famous locally for its afternoon tea. I’ve wanted to go for ages, and it’s recommended that you book, as it’s very popular.
The tea is served on miniature picnic benches, and you get a selection of savoury and sweet treats. On the day we went, our savoury included: Cauliflower Cheese soup, an open ham and pickle sandwich, a mini pasty, and miniature fish and chips. I tried so hard to photograph the fish and chips, but couldn’t get a decent focus! The soup and the pasty were absolutely excellent; in comparison with the other items, the sandwich was a bit sad – although, it’s an afternoon tea essential.
Our sweets included a fruit scone with cream and jam, a shot glass of lemon meringue pie, the creamiest rice pudding in a little metal bucket, a chocolate muffin in a flowerpot, a homemade chocolate-dipped digestive biscuit, and a glass wellington boot full of raspberry milkshake. We were all surprised by the rice pudding, as most of us would never choose to eat something like that, but I have to say, it was my favourite item on the bench.
The restaurant has stayed true to its gardening roots in the decor, but it doesn’t compromise the quality of the food. In fact, the quirky presentation definitely came second to the deliciousness of the treats. The deli section of the restaurant is definitely worth a look too, with lots of Greek and other Mediterranean specialities.
At £13.95 without Prosecco (add £3.00 for a glass), I thought this was a really delicious afternoon tea – luxurious, and a complete treat, but without breaking the bank. They’ve got special teas for Mother’s Day, but I’m sure they’ll book up very quickly, so you want to get your reservation soon. You can find more details, and book online, here.