As an early birthday present, one of my friends gifted me an afternoon tea the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch. The hotel has been built into an old courthouse and everything from the decor to the floors are still reminiscent of the building’s criminal past. In fact the hotel have played on it, with chains on portraits and lamps and five of the original jail cells present in the bar area with their original doors and portraits painted on the walls of the Kray brothers and Banksy reminding visitors that they were held there.
As me and my husband were there to eat their afternoon tea, we were led to our booth and offered our drinks. The service for the hotel was remarkable, really lovely staff who were happy talk about the history of the hotel and show us around.
The afternoon tea was delicious. I had the vegetarian tea. The savoury food involved rolls filled with cheese, rocket and salad, sandwiches with beetroot fillings and open rolls with avocado and boiled egg. The traditional scones were served with jam and clotted cream. The desserts were mini victoria sponge cakes and in accompaniment was an apple mousse in little shot glasses.
I had a great time at the tea and i was stuffed by the end of it. The waiter was even happy to show me the old courtrooms which have been converted into restaurants and hotel rooms which have been converted from court offices. The hotel really has played on its history and that is what makes it so special.
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