Samantha Mattocks enjoys a luxurious afternoon tea
Where did you go?
My mum and I went to Caistor Hall, a boutique hotel, near Norwich, to enjoy their afternoon tea.
What’s the vibe?
This historic building was built just before the 1800s and has been recently refurbished. As such there is a choice of rooms to sit in and enjoy afternoon tea. We were shown to the Rose Room, which was beautiful with its huge chandelier and comfortable seating – the ultimate room for a girly afternoon tea or celebration – look out for some of the quirkier decorations! We were the only people in the room, which made us feel very safe, and we were very well looked after.
Who’s in the team?
A young team with great energy – Caistor Hall’s new chef is Carl Muir and he is big on flavour and taste; Gemma Poole oversees the weddings – and this really is a beautiful place to have your special day; Natalie was in charge on the day and her efficiency and politeness stood out.
What do we need to know about the menu?
This special afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence – and the Caistor Hall offering was the right size to enjoy while having a good catch up with a friend.
What’s the price range?
Afternoon tea is £17.50pp but they currently have a special offer on, £29.95 for two. I suggest you get booking!
The sandwich selection didn’t over face, being a selection of four – smoked salmon with chive cream cheese, Black Bomber cheese with onion chutney, free range egg mayonnaise, and smoked ham with English mustard. They came on both white and brown bread, and they were light and delicious as well as being full of flavour. A great start to a relaxing afternoon!
The sausage roll was small and perfectly formed, made with local pork and tasty enough to satisfy the most discerning sausage roll connoisseur. The scones were a revelation – one fruit and one cheese – being so light and airy it was as though you were eating a cloud. Hands down the best scones I have ever had! The fruit scones came with homemade jam and clotted cream, and for me, they were the highlight of the day.
The top tier of afternoon tea is the one that all eyes gaze upon first, and this selection didn’t disappoint. A zesty lemon drizzle slice, a rich chocolate brownie, a moist carrot cake, a perfect macaron, and an incredibly pretty miniature fruity red velvet cup cake, complete with gold sparkle. Again, these didn’t overwhelm you as they were perfectly proportioned.
What about dietary requirements?
Gluten and dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan are all catered for – please just be sure to give them at least 24 hours’ notice.
Tell us about the drinks
We both opted for mint tea, which was generously topped up. We also added a glass of prosecco each (£7.50) to make more of the occasion. If you wanted to really indulge, you could get a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.
Anything else we need to know?
Caistor Hall, a lovely country house hotel, is the perfect escape, being just outside Norwich and near the famed Roman Town. The Boudicca Way can take you in this direction – and there is possibly no better place to warm up from the outside than by relaxing at the Hall with a hot drink or something stronger. Even better, make a weekend of it and stay in one of their newly refurbished bedrooms.
The perfect place for a catch up with friends and family, with added indulgence.