By Holly Grahamslaw
The rainy “British Summer” did not stop us from enjoying a girls afternoon out and Afternoon Tea at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham provided the perfect remedy.
Located in the heart of Durham City, the Radisson Blu showcases fantastic views of the River Wear and the historic market town. Boasting 207 bedrooms and 11 meeting rooms, the hotel caters for overnight stays, meetings and various corporate & leisure events. As a former Durham University student, I am always eager to return to the area and was delighted on this occasion to taste the hotel’s Afternoon Tea offering with my Mum.
With the renowned Radisson Blu label, a comfortable and luxurious visit is always assured. Whilst diners can usually sample their Afternoon Tea in the outdoor dining area, the weather was not on our side so we instead put down roots in the hotel’s spacious lounge. With cosy leather seating and large windows displaying the idyllic riverside views, the venue exuded comfort and relaxation. We were also warmly welcomed by the friendly staff, who were attentive to all of our needs throughout our visit.
The Afternoon Tea menu at the Radisson Blu is subject to seasonal change but features all of the classic favourites, including a selection of teas & coffees, finger-cut sandwiches, scones, cakes and sweet treats. The hotel also offers great value with Afternoon Tea available for only £30 for two people, which includes four hours of free parking.
Feeling hungry, we were delighted by the arrival of our food. Kicking off, we devoured the tasty sandwiches, which included tuna mayo with cucumber & rocket, cheese & mango chutney and roast ham & mustard. Served on a delicious soft bloomer, all were freshly-prepared and were accompanied by a unique cucumber gazpacho, which added a refreshing twist to the traditional sandwiches.
Next, we savoured the fruit scones. Much to our delight, these were large, warm and doughy, and coupled nicely with a generous helping of raspberry jam and clotted cream.
The cake selection also looked equally exciting. With a zingy mango and passionfruit torte, carrot cake, victoria sponge and a pink lemonade mousse, the desserts were intricately crafted and were enough to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. Washed down with yet another brew, this rounded off a thoroughly pleasant afternoon spent at the Radisson Blu.
Despite the weather then, it was great to be back at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham. Whether you are looking for a girly afternoon, or wanting to treat a loved one, there really is no better place than the Radisson Blu. With delicious food, exceptional service and stunning views, this was a great British tradition done right.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Durham can be found at Frankland Lane, Durham, DH1 5TA. For more information, call 0191 372 7200 or visit their website, www.radissonhotels.com/blu