It’s not often I turn down an afternoon tea, and this was certainly no exception! The Manor at Weston on the green is in Oxfordshire, and to celebrate the fact that they’ve got their own food festival coming up in September they invited me over to have a look around, and try out their delightful offering.
As we drove up to the hotel, we were impressed by it’s grandeur, it is a truly beautiful building in a beautiful setting near Woodstock, in the Cotswolds. The perfect place for a Saturday afternoon treat, especially as we had spent the morning viewing wedding venues nearby.
The manor house was absolutely beautiful, we were welcomed in through a grand doorway and shown into the cutest little tea room, full of old features. It was full to the brim, lots of friends and families enjoying an afternoon of indulgence. Everyone was enjoying the venue, with so much to look at and a lovely balcony upstairs which overlooks the room. There was a wedding going on outside, which did mean that staff were coming through the room with canapés – being the nosy person that I am I quite enjoyed this!
Extremely friendly staff, who were attentive and served with a smile. We had a lovely afternoon, were well looked after, and barely noticed they were there (I see that as a good thing!). Everything was done perfectly, and they made sure we were kept topped up with everything we needed. It’s hard to judge a restaurant on it’s service based on afternoon tea, as it’s quite a simple process, but I was truly happy and relaxed in their environment.
This is where it get’s good! The food was great, I’m quite fussy at afternoon tea and often don’t eat lots of things (especially the sandwiches) and I was happy to see this one was nice and simple! I loved how the sandwiches came altogether on a stick – it was a really nice way to serve them. They were just what I needed – ham & mustard, cucumber & hummus, cheese & tomato chutney and salmon & cream cheese. Next we tried the cakes – delicious, tart, moist lemon drizzle cake, a really cute mini swiss roll, a mini coconut roll (which I didn’t eat – not a fan of coconut – sorry!), and a really tasty rich piece of chocolate brownie. It was a fantastic combination of cakes, and I was very happy.
We finished off with the best part of course (what order do you have them in… I like to finish on the scones because they’re my favourite part!) the scones, with a great big pot of jam and cream. We got a fruit and plain scone each, they were light and fluffy on the inside, and crisp on the outside. Utterly perfect!
Price and Rating
Great value for the amount of food that you get – we couldn’t finish it all! It was around £20 for afternoon tea, with additional cost for champagne (which was only approx £7 a glass).
They advertise on their website as “afternoon tea in style” – and I can totally agree with them that it feels like we were dining in style!
ALL WELCOME AT THE MANOR FESTIVAL OF FOOD & DRINK & VILLAGE FÊTE
The owners of the historic Manor Country House Hotel at Weston on the Green are looking forward to welcoming people from around Oxfordshire to their free family orientated Festival of Food & Drink and Village Fête on Sunday 30th September 2018 from 11 am to 4pm. Located in the grounds of this historic and imposing Manor Country House Hotel, the local community from Weston on the Green will also be holding activities to raise money for the village hall and church.
“My husband and I are looking forward very much to hosting this event,” comments Marlene Hauser-Oberschneider. “Throughout the year our hotel provides a fabulous venue for weddings, corporate events and specialist retreats and workshops focussing on wellness for women and young mothers, so to open our doors to a Festival of Food & Drink and Village Fête bringing the whole community together will be great.”
Set in the grounds of the historic Manor Country House Hotel at Weston on the Green, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the delights that this late 15th/early 16th manor house and grounds have to offer. With over 40 Artisan Food & Drink and Craft Stalls, including the Whisky Shack and Raising the Bar who specialise in gins there will also be a selection of hot and very tasty Street Food. This includes dishes from the Caribbean provided by BoxFoodUK, Venison and Game dishes created by Veni and Sons, and Festival sponsor’s the Kebab Kid who serve gourmet food with the influence of Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan. The hotel is running a BBQ or you can sit and relax whilst you enjoy a delicious afternoon cream tea or a drink from the bar tucked away in the hotel’s secret garden.
For those of you wanting to indulge in some high class relaxation, pop along to the Ila-Spa stand and enjoy a mini hand massage; you can also treat yourself and buy some of their unique beauty and aromatherapy products from the Ila-Spa’s Apothecary range, all carefully blended from carefully selected and ethically sourced oils and salts from around the world and blended in the Cotswolds, close to Woodstock.
Whatever your age, there will be something to get involved with. The Weston on the Green community are planning to make the event a fun filled day for all the family. There are a vast number of activities on offer including archery, a penalty shoot-out, table tennis, go-karting, tractor rides and children’s rides and games. The Community stand will be promoting the activities and businesses in the village green area of the event.
Your canine friend will also be able to participate in the Dog Show being run by The National Animal Welfare Trust. There will be various categories for your dog to enter so it will not just be humans having all the fun. Classes include the Most Appealing Eyes, Best Trick, Child’s Best Friend, the Dog Most Like It’s Owner, the Happiest Hound, Golden Oldie, Most Fabulous Fella, Loveliest Lady, Best Rescue, Dog the Judge Would Like to Take Home and Best of the Rest.
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