Sweet, Savoury, or Vegan Afternoon Tea – you decide…
We believe Lakeside provide one of the best afternoon tea experiences in the Lake District, see if you agree.
Afternoon Tea has always and always will be a British institution that marks truly special occasions, a much-needed catch up with close friends or for no reason at all! Either way, it is a time when you can spend a relaxing afternoon relishing in highbrow delicacies that are utterly homemade, utterly creative and utterly indulgent. And what better way to savour the treat, than at Lakeside and its beautiful panoramic view of the Lake? With our Head Chef, Richard Booth, who loyally uses seasonal, local and on-site produce that guarantees the highest quality dishes – so your palate will enjoy every mouthful. This, in turn, has cemented the hotel’s reputation for being one of the best places to take Afternoon Tea, in the Lake District, and to enjoy that un-rushed moment.
He combines modern twists on British staples and has re-vamped the menu with his innovative alternatives with his savoury and vegan options. A culinary face-lift to suit all taste buds and lifestyles, that reflects Richard’s experience, creativity and passion. Now everyone can treat themselves to the perfect Afternoon Tea Experience, that is unique to their dietary requirements and does not sacrifice on taste. And in true Richard Booth style – a feast for the eyes too!
Here is an insight into the new and inspiring menu, served in the hotel’s Conservatory and Terrace…
Keeping it Traditional
Originally designed to curb the hunger of an evening meal, it has evolved into a delightful treat that is enjoyed by all. As the years have passed the demand for high tea has never wavered. The tradition is as much about food and drink as it is about the location – and you get to witness the English countryside at its finest by Lake Windermere. Whether it is to evoke your sense of national pride or to experience a new version of the old – you will most definitely be swept away by this sweet cake and tea journey.
Start this journey with a pickled beetroot and goats cheese salad, smoked salmon éclair, avocado en croute and a lovely collection of finger sandwiches. Then move on to buttermilk and currant scones and an eclectic array of sweet treats.
“Afternoon Tea should be more of an event, rather than just afternoon tea. Guests should be able to laze around all afternoon and not feel as if they have to eat everything at the same time. Afternoon Tea should never be a rushed affair!” Richard Booth
Less of a Sweet Tooth
This is a menu for those who have always been more excited about the sandwiches than the sweets of high tea. An option that is well-suited to meat-lovers and for those with a sense of culinary adventure. If you are partial to a few savoury fancies and want to taste the offerings of truly local produce – then this menu is for you. Sample well-known favourites with an inventive spin, sipping bespoke loose-leaf tea and taking in that Lakeside view. After all, high tea is no longer a slice of Victoria sponge and a dash of lemon in your china. It is all about the discovery of new tastes, aromas and textures.
Your meaty canapés begin with pickled beetroot and goats cheese salad, a sip of soup, rich lamb slider and honey glazed smoked sausage. Afterwards, look forward to a scotch egg and crackling sage dust that will be finished off with scones and something a little sweeter.
Plant-Based and Proud
Whether it is solely your lifestyle or a chance to try something culinary different – this menu is completely free of animal products and just as delicious!
In the past, veganism has been perceived as an afterthought of the food world, that restaurants have chosen to shy away from. Since the health and wellbeing craze, being vegan or simply eating vegan has gone from mocked subculture to a popular lifestyle choice. That is why Lakeside is pleased to be showcasing the fact that vegan food can be just as tasty and luxurious. A menu that means you do not have to compromise on your values to indulge in this English treat.
Partake in a fully vegan afternoon tea experience and devour the savoury with parsnip croquettes, broccoli, avocado and onion Mexican bean burger. Dabble with the sweet with coconut and chocolate mousse, lemon drizzle cake and panna cotta passion fruit.
All our menus are served with unique blends of loose-leaf tea or coffee and a ‘sensation surprise’ to finish your journey!
Want to be one of the first to try? Call 015395 30001 to book and experience our new selection of Afternoon Teas.
Or treat someone special with Lakeside’s Afternoon Tea Experience Voucher
We also offer gluten-free options in both our savoury and sweet menus.
Please give us 24 hours’ notice for all dietary requirements