I had the recent pleasure of sampling afternoon tea at Nottingham’s recently refurbished and reopened Lace Market Hotel and a delightful experience it was too…
I decided I’d take my mum with me, being as taking afternoon tea is the perfect mother -daughter activity and from arrival our service was to be expected of a quality boutique hotel and restaurant, located in the heart of the Lace Market cobbles.
Our tea was served in the main Merchants restaurant, which has recently been refurbished with modern art on the walls and huge crystal chandeliers- a nice mash up of contemporary and traditional chic.
Afternoon tea was served on the typical three tier stand, with a selection of vegetarian sandwiches on the bottom tier, freshly baked scones of two kinds with jam and cream on the second and an array of cakes on the top.
The staff had no issues with swapping certain sandwich fillings for others on request, which consisted of goats cheese and beetroot, cheese and pickle, cream cheese and cucumber and egg mayonnaise on mixed white and brown bread.
The scones were both plain and sultana, full sized and came with strawberry jam and fresh whipped cream, as opposed to clotted.
Finally it was time to attempt the selection of cakes- a miniature Victoria sponge, a shot glass of rich chocolate mousse topped with set cream and mini choc cherry macaroons- delicious!
As mum and I chatted throughout, we completely forgot to order tea to be taken with our cakes and made do with our soft drinks and wine that was pre-ordered on arrival, however a glass of fizz can be purchased and the hotel are currently runing an amazing special offer which includes a whole bottle of Prosecco for just ninety five pence when afternoon tea for two is purchased- well it would be rude not to!
The service throughout was friendly, our water glasses topped up often and our custom was most certainly appreciated by the team.
Lace Market Hotel has that ‘family run’ feel about it, which I always think lends itself very nicely to a boutique establishment of this size and it’s great to see its door opened once again to the people of Nottinghamshire and of course further afield- I look forward to returning there again for another afternoon tea with friends very soon.
Fiona Duncan, RSViP