Most refined afternoon of tea and cakes, followed by a string quartet

Afternoon tea in the tea room at Hoghton Tower for Ian and Lindsey Barrow

Afternoon tea in the tea room at Hoghton Tower for Ian and Lindsey Barrow

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Diners were given a quintessential English experience to celebrate the relaunch of Hoghton Tower’s tea room.

An array of scrumptious cakes and sandwiches were on offer to allow visitors to sample the new menu.

Sir Bernard de Hoghton welcomes Veronica Roper to the tea room at Hoghton Tower

Sir Bernard de Hoghton welcomes Veronica Roper to the tea room at Hoghton Tower

As the champagne flowed, guests were entertained to the sounds of the Northern String Quartet.

James Dean, general manager, said: “We are delighted to announce that we have relaunched our tea room here at Hoghton Tower.

“We are now offering what we consider to be a quintessentially English experience.

“After careful planning and consultation with our valued patrons, we have created a menu which epitomises the spirit of the classic English tea room, using both local and seasonal products in all of our dishes.

The Northern String Quartet play for visitors to afternoon tea in the tea room at Hoghton Tower

The Northern String Quartet play for visitors to afternoon tea in the tea room at Hoghton Tower

“In addition to our delightful new menu, we have teamed up with the award winning tea suppliers Teapigs to offer the `perfect cuppa‘ each and every time to our valued customers.

“The range offers a great choice of variety, with flavours ranging from an everyday brew to the zesty rhubarb and ginger.

“If tea is not your thing then why not come down and try one of our freshly ground coffees; the perfect match to one our freshly homemade scones.

“Or, if feeling indulgent then a slice of sumptuous sponge cake supplied by Lathams of Broughton may be just the ticket.

Afternoon tea in the tea room at Hoghton Tower for James Lawrenson and Annette Pearson

Afternoon tea in the tea room at Hoghton Tower for James Lawrenson and Annette Pearson

“Whatever your mood, we hope you will feel enticed by our homemade cake of the week, which will reflect the seasons and the produce that the great North West has to offer.

“We are also pleased to announce our new partnership with the locally renowned ice cream suppliers Mrs Dowson’s, who will be supplying us with an ever-changing menu of delicious ice cream flavours aimed to delight our guests here at the Tower.

“Afternoon teas, private functions, business meetings or family get togethers, whatever the occasion it can be catered for by our friendly, attentive team.

“We aim to offer the best service to our customers and strive for a smile upon every visitors face after an outing to us here at the Vaio tea room. So please come and give us a try.

Eve Rawcliffe and Katherine Nichols

Eve Rawcliffe and Katherine Nichols

“We invite people to contact us if they have any questions about the services we can cater for.

“We extend a warm welcome to everyone.”

n The tea room is open Sunday 10am until 5pm and Monday to Thursday 11am until 4pm.