No visit to Oxford is complete without an afternoon tea and where better to have it than at the first coffee house in England, The Grand Cafe. With the beautiful blue regal shop front, the cafe is a historic landmark in the city and I fell in love the moment I stepped in.
Gilded in mirrors and wooden floors, The Grand Cafe is a popular place to eat in the city. The cafe is easily holding its own in the row of newly built restaurants and it was quietly busy when we arrived. The menu offered a huge variety of afternoon teas which is immediately what I chose to have. It is open for afternoon tea between 2pm and 5pm but also offers brunch, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I chose the Grand High Tea and when it arrived at the table, I was surprised by how big the portions were. The sandwiches were made of thick bread – salmon and cheese, egg and mayonnaise with cress and the traditional cheese ploughman. The scones were thick and warm with bakewell tart pieces as dessert.
I had the green tea and happily sipped it alongside the food. The sandwiches were hefty and filling and I actually had to take a break whilst eating it. The scones were delicious, the clotted cream and jam made the perfect accompaniment and the Bakewell tart was sweet and easy to nibble through.
The Grand Cafe was the perfect setting for an afternoon tea and for a day out, it was an easy mix of savoury and sweet food. It wasn’t the best of teas I had but the service made up for it in spades. I would be tempted to try out the lunch and brunch menu next time.
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