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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

miss b loves........afternoon tea at Gilpin Lodge Hotel, The English Lake District

I love the English Lake District at any time but especially in the autumn with the gorgeous rich golden colours.



I like it even more with the promise of afternoon tea on a Sunday afternoon in a Relais & Chateaux Hotel! The Gilpin Lodge afternoon tea is a very traditional affair served in the wonderfully comfy yet stylish lounge - this really is an upmarket English country house hotel!  


The Lounge
Logs ready for the winter!
Our coffee table was set with white linen and silver and then the feast began....




The salmon mousse served with brioche fingers was divine and the finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, including melt-in-the-mouth smoked salmon, were served with hand-cooked crisps.

Salmon mousse with brioche fingers
The cake selection looked so pretty with mini-sized treats so that we had a good chance of sampling them all. There were meringues topped with scrummy lemon curd and a fresh rasberry, amazing carrot cake, drop scones but of course no English afternoon tea would be complete without traditional scones, jam  and clotted cream. These were no ordinary scones - they were, quite possibly, the best I've tasted (if only mine were as light as these)and I've had a fair few in my role as 'Afternooon Tea Addict.'

Scones with Bonne Maman jam and
clotted cream
We tried, we really did, but we just could not manage the brownies  with crushed pistachios (a delicious combination) and the fruit cake (but thankfully they were soon taken away and packaged to take home for later.)  

Chocolate brownie with crushed
pistachios

We shall return (very soon, I hope!) for dinner and preferably stay for the weekend! The staff are so delightful - professional and friendly (every member of staff who walked by greeted us - from the moment we made our way across the car park!)

miss recommends:
  • booking in advance
  • exploring the beautiful English Lake District
  

Gilpin Lodge Hotel
  Crook Road, Windermere, The English Lake District

21 comments:

  1. What a delighful day you enjoyed. My first trip to England, many, many years ago, was in the Lake District. I was in 8th grade. Beautiful area. Would love to visit the lodge one day soon... Veronique

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  2. Ohhhh, I love high tea! And no one does it better than the UK. The Gilpin Lodge Hotel looks fabulous and I'm adoring all the sweet treats you ladies had. I love scones w/various jams and the sweet treats. Thanks for sharing and glad you all had a great time. Happy Tuesday!
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  3. I'm sure you would enjoy Gilpin Lodge, Véronique!
    One for your must-visit list! Thank you for your comment.

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  4. Hi SassyUptownChic, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm sure you would love it there!

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  5. I've never been to the Lake District but I would absolutely lovely to. I'm sure the beauty of it is only magnified during autumn :).

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  7. I totally love this place and have to visit again this coming December for holiday season with my family.

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  8. Miss b, the photos are lovely. ~Grace

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  9. What a cosy place & the afternoon tea looks seriously yummy!!
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  10. It's Gorgeous! It is all very nice. I love it !!! :)

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  11. One of my whises is to travel to some place with that landscape...thank u so much for this information! I'll not forget it ;)

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  12. So pleased you all like Gilpin Lodge - thank you for your lovely comments!

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  15. How lovely, Autumn is the perfect season for country stays like that and I really (no REALLY) would like some scones with Bonne Maman jam now ;-)

    Thanks for your lovely comment, have a great weekend xo

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  16. Yes! The English Lake District is so so so gorgeous

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  17. Wow, this looks so gorgeous! There really is nothing better than afternon tea is there?!

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