Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Westminster Tea Rooms - Southport

Southport is a large seaside town in Merseyside, England. With close proximity to both Liverpool and Manchester plus excellent train transport links and parking facilities. Southport makes the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of a big city.
Southport's pier is one of the oldest in the UK and causes a lot of tourism. It is also famous for the world class golf courses which host The Open Championship each year.

Westminster Tea Rooms lie on Lord street, the main shopping street of Southport. With water features and Victorian style buildings Lord street is a unique shopping destination.

The Tea room itself is Southport's premier Vintage Tea Rooms and has a 1930s feel to it.With a simplistic design, dark oak furniture, eccentric fire place and traditional silverware this tea room is definitely one on its own. The uniqueness really sells itself and you feel as if you are in another era when dining there.

When we arrived we were greeted by a charming man who was dressed very similar to a butler.We were seated two tables away from the till, near the cake stand and warm fire place.
Then the other member of staff, a young waitress in a similar attire to man, came to collect our order.

Unusually the tablecloths were tissue, I assume this is to save time on cleaning as you could simply just take the table cloth away, throw it and replace it with a new one.

On each table there was a red rose (my favourite) in a mini crystal vase.

As we were having cake, we were given the cakes and desserts menu, a black book wth laminated sheets filled with swirly black font and borders inside.

The Tea
My mother ordered her usual earl grey and I opted for the Sencha green tea, a sweeter green tea.
We were given plain white china cups and saucers, simple but elegant.
The teapots were silver, which normally I despise but these tea pots were very eccentric and fitted in perfectly with the theme. 

The Cake
With a mixture of traditional English sponges, gateaus and pies, there is a lot to chose from.
As I don't like gateaus or pastry I headed towards the cake stands where the sponges were. 
We chose the cherry bake well sponge and the apple crunch cake.

The apple crunch were two brown sponges with small hints of apple and cinnamon, separated by buttercream and sweet apple sauce. Topped with the same buttercream, cinnamon and crushed nuts. As it contained both apple and cinnamon it reminded me of  my favourite Christmas cookies. It was also a great size. It goes down as the best apple cake, I have ever had.

The cherry bakewell was a similar style to the apple crunch but had completely different qualities.
The two white sponges contained ground almonds and were scented with almond essence  divided with cherry jam and almond butter cream.
Topped with almond butter cream and flaked almonds the cake was sweet but yet simplistic.

Overall I would rate my experience at Westminster Tea Rooms - 5 Stars

Cleanliness - 4 Stars
Staff - 5 Stars
Tea - 4 Stars
Cake - 5 Stars
Location - 5 Stars
Crockery - 4 Stars
Design - 5 Stars
Child Friendly - 1 Stars


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