Today (13th November), chef/manager Sarah of our café at the Roman circus centre did a test-run of the very special Christmas afternoon teas which we will be offering in the café from the 17th November to the 23rd December. She made one afternoon tea (for two to share), and she baked all the special tea items, except for the bread, here in our own kitchen. Two of our lucky volunteers – Wendy and Jo – got to try out the special tea, assisted by Trust director Philip… The surplus items were also greatly enjoyed by admiring members of staff. Wendy, Jo and Philip pronounced the special afternoon tea to be ‘beautiful’, ‘gorgeous’ and ‘delicious’.
Sarah loves Christmas and she was inspired to create her own special Christmas-themed afternoon tea for the Roman circus centre café. We have bought vintage-style china tea services specially for the special afternoon teas, and we will also be decorating the café for Christmas!
The special Christmas afternoon tea includes savoury and sweet items presented on a three-tier cake stand. The special tea consists of savoury items presented on the lowest tier, ie mini spinach and cheese tartlets, and a selection of finger sandwiches: these are made with white and brown breads and the fillings are roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce; roast gammon; and smoked salmon with cream cheese. The savoury items are garnished with vivid beetroot julienne strips and sprigs of green lamb’s lettuce. As you work your way up the cake stand, the next tier consists of Victoria sponge ‘towers’, mince pies and lovely mini Christmas cakes which are decorated with gold shimmer, sparkly gold ribbon and a snowflake. The top tier culminates with festive mini scones served with brandy sauce and clotted cream… The special afternoon tea includes, of course, a teapot of fresh, hot tea! Why not come and treat yourself to an elegant afternoon tea in our ‘vintage’ café? (This was originally the restaurant of the Artillery Barracks NAAFI [social and leisure building], complete with its own small stage, and built in 1937.)
The special Christmas afternoon teas will be available at the Roman circus centre café from the 17th November to the 23rd December 2015. Pre-booking only: please book at the café or ‘phone 07910513687 to book, and we would appreciate it if you could give us 24 hours’ notice! We request a minimum of two persons per booking – it’s a special tea for two! – and it costs £11.95 per person.
A vegetarian version of Sarah’s special tea is available on request.
The images show the special Christmas afternoon tea; the tea table, set by Kathy; chef/manager Sarah with Trust director Philip; Wendy and Jo elegantly enjoying their afternoon tea; the cake stand as the afternoon tea progressed; and one of the lovely mini Christmas cakes.