You might remember that aagggges ago I ran a giveaway with Groupon for an experience voucher for them. Well, part of that was also supposed to be a review of one of their experiences. With one thing an another, including hospital admission for Mr W, I have only just got round to taking it, and I chose a Champagne afternoon tea at the Norfolk Royale hotel in Bournemouth.
The Norfolk Royale is a hotel that I’ve driven past a million times, but never actually been in and, aside from the hotel being inexplicably painted pink, it’s very nice indeed. But, I’m getting ahead of myself; the deal was advertised on Groupon for £19, which is basically £20 off the usual £39 for a Champagne afternoon tea for two people. It was a simple matter of purchasing the deal and waiting for the voucher and then ringing to book with the hotel.
I assume that this deal was fairly popular (and also I’ve seen it on other deals sites since) as on booking the dates were not exhaustive and the Saturdays were pretty much all booked up. This was fine though as we were able to get a Friday afternoon which suited us both (this is my lovely friend and me).
So on a very wet Friday we took ourselves off to the Norfolk Royale and presented ourselves and our voucher. We were a little puzzled initially that the hotel seemed to require you to state that there was a vegetarian in the party upon booking, as neither of us really see vegetarianism to be a special dietary requirement these days, but I shall know better next time.
We were then shown to our table – we thought were being seated outside, but it turns out that the hotel has a conservatory area – phew, it would’ve been very cold out there in the rain! The conservatory was nice, as it was just for smaller tables and was actually quite quiet, we were able to chat without yelling at each other or eavesdropping too much on adjacent tables.
The tea itself was delicious and was, as you’d expect, a selection of sandwiches, then cream scones finished with cakes, of which there was a good selection, including a tennis-themed cupcake, supporting Andy Murray!
This was accompanied by tea or coffee, which was refillable and a glass of champagne, which wasn’t…
The afternoon tea was very nice and much more filling that I thought it would be – it was nice to take a couple of hours out just to chat to a friend in an unhurried manner and, although we’d finished eating and the deal was obviously very popular, I think the hotel would have very happily let us sit there and reorder tea until the end of the day – and I do hate to be rushed, so having this impression was very welcome.
As I’ve said it was quick and easy to book the deal through Groupon and it all ran without a hitch. I’m only sorry I wasn’t able to take the deal sooner.
Note: I was provided with a £10 Groupon voucher for this deal, as part payment but the opinions expressed about Groupon and the Norfolk Royale are my own.