For the longest time I have loved the idea of Afternoon Tea, associating it with being grown-up and sophisticated and patriotic and British. After reading Laura and Caroline's review of Cuthburt's Bakehouse I knew I had to finally bite the bullet and experience it for myself, so when I found out that one of my lovely old friends, Vicki, was back up from Oxford visiting her family, I just had to steal her for an afternoon and we hopped on a train to Liverpool for Afternoon Tea and of course a spot of shopping.
Cuthbert's Bakehouse is based right in the middle of Mount Pleasant, just a short walk away from my old uni building; it's a surprise and a bit of a shame I didn't discover it during my three years there. It's the quaintest little place with its vintage-looking deco; antique chairs and tables, cute mis-matched wall hangings, plus an old sweet shop-style counter, on top of which stood cake stands displaying their mouth-watering cake and scone offerings. It's quite small inside too; for some reason I had imagined it to be bigger, but this just added to the homeliness of the place.
Vicki and I were seated before promptly being asked which tea we would like to start with from the selection on their menu. I opted for the Fruit Punch tea whilst Vicki kept it traditional with the Scouser's Breakfast. It arrived quickly, shortly followed by what we were really there for- the cake stand containing an amazingly generous selection of sandwiches and sweet treats. The bottom tier contained the savouries which included seasonal sandwiches plus miniature salmon & cream cheese and roast beef & horseradish bagels which I made my way through quite quickly before moving on to my french macaroon and my fruit scone which was, of course, served with clotted cream and fruit jam. It was at this point when I wondered where I was going to fit the final tier of cakes and pastries. Admittedly, I was feeling a little guilty as this week has seen me completely stumble off the healthy-eating wagon, and here I was stuffing myself with more cake, haha! However, when faced with a miniature Victoria sponge, almond custard cake and a slice of sacher torte complete with a chocolate dipped strawberry, somehow your waistline becomes the least of your worries. Back on track tomorrow, right? ;) Needless to say I didn't need another meal all day.
I thoroughly enjoyed feeling like a sophisticated little lady for the afternoon and I think Afternoon Tea has definitely become a new pleasure of mine. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to Cuthbert's Bakehouse or recommend it to anybody looking for Afternoon Tea in Liverpool. At just £12 per person (£15 if you fancy adding a cheeky glass of Prosecco) it is an absolute steal for the amount of yummy food you get, plus lots of tea! I really want to go back and try their "New Yorker" Afternoon Tea, which offers an array of American classics, including a meatball sub, New York-style cheesecake and my personal favourite, Red Velvet.
Have you ever been for Afternoon Tea?