Going out for Afternoon Tea is one of my favourite things to do with my family and earlier this year we found a gem of a place in Chesterfield - the H&F Vintage Tearooms. For me, a good Afternoon Tea isn't just about the cake (though the Vintage Tearooms in Chesterfield has plenty of that) but the experience as a whole.
One of the things I love most about the H&F Vintage Tearooms is that it has so much character and charm. You feel like you're really getting an authentic vintage afternoon tea experience. I love everything about the place from it's gorgeous decor, down to the team's uniforms and the way they address you as 'mam' and 'sir.' It's all in the detail and it's all so lovely.
You feel really welcome at the Vintage Tearooms and I personally feel the team go the extra mile to make sure everything is to your liking. We recently went for mine and my mum's birthday and had the most wonderful time. The service was quick, the waiter serving us was so friendly and polite and the Afternoon Tea itself? Well that was simply delicious!
As a mummy, it's really important to me that I visit child-friendly places and I've always felt really comfortable taking Arthur here. There are highchairs available for use and the waiters and waitresses always make a fuss of him. Once when we visited, Arthur spent the whole time staring at one of the waiters who was sorting out the cutlery - he was fascinated! The lovely waiter spoke to him and kept him entertained, which was so kind and made all the difference to my visit.
Of course, you're probably wondering what the Afternoon Tea is actually like...well between us, my family have had quite a few Afternoon Teas around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and this has to be one of our favourites!
For £11.95 you get a pot of tea or coffee for one, a selection of sandwiches (they're happy to cater for vegetarians and even put it on a separate stand), a choice of scone with jam and cream, a choice of cake and a serving of fresh fruit. There's usually plenty of scones to choose from (I love the cherry scones best) and a vast selection of cakes. I had the chocolate fudge cake last time I visited and it was delicious. The strawberry milkshake cake that my mum picked also looked so good. I believe the cakes change from day-to-day but with so many flavours to choose from, you're bound to find at least one you like.
If you're not a fan of Afternoon Tea (what's wrong with you?!...I kid...well kind of) there's plenty of other things on offer on the Vintage Tearooms menu; from basics like teacakes and toast, to homemade classics like pates, seasonal tarts and ploughman's lunches.
I'm not so adventurous when it comes to my tea - English Breakfast Tea will do me just fine but if you're after something a little different, there are a number of different loose teas on offer, which can be paired with a nice big slice of cake.
Whether you're going out for a special occasion or simply fancy treating yourself to an Afternoon Tea, the H&F Vintage Tearooms in Chesterfield is a must-visit place. It's somewhere the whole family can enjoy themselves (just look how eager Arthur was for his share of the Afternoon Tea in this picture) and the vintage charm of the place is sure to put a smile on your face.
I dare say we'll be visiting again for Arthur's 1st Birthday - definitely a good excuse for more of that delicious cake!