Recommendation - Afternoon Tea at The Palm Brasserie near Basingstoke
What I loved about it:
I love an afternoon tea which is a little different from the norm, and you get that here. There’s a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant; it’s light and airy with Jane Austen quotes on the walls. The service is excellent and children are made to feel welcome. It’s one of the best afternoon teas in Hampshire.
Value for money (out of 10):
One of the best places for afternoon tea in Hampshire
I’m picky about afternoon tea. It’s so popular now that almost every restaurant thinks they can do one, but they can’t always do it well.
Fortunately there are no stale sandwiches or shop bought cakes at the Palm Brasserie.
There’s a friendly welcome when you enter, and the restaurant is spacious and light. It’s decorated in an art deco style with plenty of comfortable seating.
There are three options for afternoon tea. The signature, the champagne and the cocktail, with prices starting from £18.95pp. If I hadn’t been driving then I would have gone for the cocktail option as the gin and earl grey concoction was very appealing.
The food came promptly and rather than the usual cucumber sandwiches there was a board of hot and cold canapés. The vegetable samosa was particularly delicious and the onion bhaji had a warming kick.
If I’m honest though, it is all about the cake for me. The miniature lemon tart in a crisp chocolate pastry case was my favourite, followed closely by the carrot cake. The scones were clearly homemade and served warm. Most importantly there was plenty of clotted cream.
And if you’re wondering; its jam then cream. No arguments.
The tea is served in cast iron teapots which conserve the heat well and there’s as much as you’d like to drink.
The staff were attentive with just the right amount of checking in with us. Bonus points for showing me the baby change facilities too.
The Palm Brasserie certainly makes it onto my list of the best places for afternoon tea in Hampshire.