Afternoon Tea at the Devonshire Arms

One thing I love about living in Leeds is that you’re only a hop, skip and a jump from either the seaside or the glorious Yorkshire Dales.

So, one lazy Sunday, the Other Half and I headed over to The Devonshire Arms for a sparkling Afternoon Tea held at the hotel as part of their food festival.

The Afternoon Menu has recently been re-launched under the leadership of newly appointed Head Chef Adam Smith.

Situated right next to Bolton Abbey, The Devonshire Arms is nestled within the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales. The journey from Leeds took us around 40 minutes and was so straight forward, even I didn’t get lost along the way.

As we came out the car you could smell the rich sent of burning wood mixed with that fresh air you never get in the city.

The Devonshire Arms

We were seated in the ‘Dog room’ next to a roaring open fire and greeted with a glass of Prosecco.

We were absolutely spoilt for choice when it came to our tea selection, as the range available was pretty extensive and included teas from Jenier, Newby of London, Jing and Taylors of Harrogate.

I settled on a flowering tea, which came in a glass teapot, much to the envy of my Other Half.

Flowering tea

I always feel the art of the perfect afternoon tea lies in the precision and presentation of the dishes, one soggy cucumber sandwich can lead to disaster as the ingredients are very exposed.

Afternoon tea

We were not disappointed, each sandwich was identical in thickness, shape and were seasoned perfectly.

The selection of cakes were perfect as well and I absolutely loved my scone as it was served with just the right amount of clotted cream.

The highlight for me came afterwards when we chose from an array of desserts from the cart. I don’t think I had been that excited since the cheese cart at Le Gavroche.

Dessert cart and tea selection

They all looked so mouth watering I truly did not know where do start. However, after much deliberation I went for the Lemon Drizzle cake with its gooey marshmallowy meringue topping.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

The perfect way to round this treat off (and a vain attempt to try and burn some of the calories off) was a walk around Bolton Abbey before setting off back home.

As well as being a fellow Brummie, Adam Smith brings to The Devonshire Arms over 10 years of culinary experience gained working through the ranks at The Ritz London to become their Executive sous chef before his move to Head Chef.

His aim is to follow in the footsteps of other Roux Scholarship winners and gain himself a Michelin star with a brand new innovative menu created especially for The Burlington Restaurant.

If this afternoon tea is anything to go by, I am truly looking forward to sampling more of Adam’s delights in the future.

Afternoon tea is priced at £12 per person for Cream Tea, £28 per person for full Afternoon Tea, and £38 per person for Devonshire Fizz Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of Laurent Perrier NV as well as tea, coffee, infusions, homemade sandwiches and desserts.

Devonshire Arms
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
Bolton Abbey
North Yorkshire
BD23 6AJ

  • Disclaimer I was invited for Afternoon Tea by the Devonshire Arms’ PR Agency. However, all the opinions contained in this blog post are my own.

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