A taste of summer

What could be better than enjoying a delightful afternoon tea in the sunshine? Molly Miller samples
a special one at Salomons Estate


More than 150 years after the seventh Duchess of Bedford began serving a meal between lunch and dinner, afternoon tea shows no signs of waning in its popularity. The quintessentially British treat, inspired by the Duchess’s preference for mouth-watering scones and dainty finger sandwiches, is served in most of our local venues but we can reveal that it has been given a mouth-watering makeover here
at Salomons Estate.

Nestled in the winding countryside of Tunbridge Wells, the 36-acre Victorian manor house has welcomed the long-awaited return of English summertime with an exciting new menu, serving seasonal afternoon treats al fresco-style on the terrace.

Head Chef Daniel Yardley told me he was determined to capture the much-loved flavours of summer and that his new sweet and savoury selection perfectly complements the estate’s picturesque gardens.

Daniel said: “We’re thrilled to unveil our delicious new menu. It’s our most refreshing yet, with brand new flavours to make all your favourite summer moments just that little bit sweeter.”

Available from Monday-Sunday and served from 12-4pm, the indulgent feast of scrumptious new treats includes savouries like cucumber and mint cream cheese finger-cut sandwiches, coronation chicken bridge rolls and smoked Applewood cheddar and chive tart.

There’s also an array of homemade desserts like matcha tea and pistachio opera cake, raspberry, rosewater and white chocolate flowerpots and blueberry and limoncello posset with toasted meringue.

Traditional fruit and vanilla scones topped with fresh clotted cream and jam take centre stage on the three-tier spread, which comes served with an enticing selection of hot brews to complement the fresh and fruity flavours on offer.

Sip on a refreshing pink grapefruit infusion or immerse yourself in the fruity notes of a red berry blend. Of course, traditional favourites like Breakfast Tea and Earl Grey Blue Flower are also available. And for fizz fans, a glass of bubbles can be enjoyed too.

With plenty of blue skies yet to come, afternoon tea at Salomons Estate will be served against a backdrop of its glorious 36-acre grounds, allowing guests to indulge in both the food and spectacular views.


Pre-bookings can be made on OpenTable for £25.00 per person, or guests can upgrade to a glass of prosecco for £5 more. If it’s a simple cream tea you’re after, why not enjoy two home-baked scones served with jam and fresh cream and a tea or coffee for just £5.95

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