Easter Afternoon Tea at Wyevale Garden Centres

As an Easter treat, I took my nan to afternoon tea at my local Wyevale Garden Centre*: Elm Court in Gillingham.
It's just past Hempstead Valley shopping centre and, at this time of the year, is nestled between fields of bright yellow rapeseed. Once we arrived, we headed to the restaurant and were shown our table. Strewn with yellow napkins and decorated with yellow flowers, it was a very pretty set up. We were offered tea or coffee, and we both ordered the latter. Refills were complimentary, too! Then to top it off, our bottles of prosecco were popped onto the table in an ice bucket. Despite being in her 80s, my nan loves a glass of wine, so she was thrilled about that! But the best was still yet to come.

Our food was brought over and it was amazing. The top plate was filled with sweet treats, including the brightly coloured strawberry and cream pavlova, chocolate, salted caramel and pecan brownies (which were my personal favourite - yum!) almond bakewell bars and adorable mini macarons. 
My nan is more of a savoury gal, so made a beeline for the sandwiches. There was a selection of ham, tomato and watercress, and brie and chutney sandwiches, which went down a treat, we even saved a couple to take home for my granddad too. 

Seated on the middle plate for an Easter touch, in place of the typical afternoon tea scones, were hot cross buns and jam. Really cute little seasonal twist, I thought! 

We were well looked after, the staff were really pleasant and were quick to refill our coffees when we  wanted a top up. Whilst we enjoyed our girls trip out for afternoon tea, it's a great idea for kids as well (there was a big table for a party next to us, and both the mums and the kids seemed to be having fun too!) so could be a nice idea for the Easter half term. 

You can enjoy Easter afternoon tea until the 18th April, for just £14 for two people, or upgrade to include prosecco for £20. You can book online here

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*DISCLAIMER: Afternoon tea was complimentary on this occasion in exchange for a blog post, but all wording is my own.  

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