Let them eat cake and have a cuppa

Rossington Hall. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rossington Hall. Picture: Andrew Roe

There’s nothing more indulgent than enjoying a traditional afternoon tea.

And after spending the past few weeks living on salad and soup in a bid to fit into a bridesmaid dress I decided to let myself have just one day off.

And mid way through my ‘sober for October’ campaign tea was about as exciting as it was going to get on the drinks front.

So I was delighted to be invited to a friend’s afternoon tea-themed baby shower.

The newly renovated Rossington Hall was the setting for the shindig and it didn’t disappoint.

The historic building has been renovated with expert attention to detail by Gary and Michelle Gee.

The grand hall that is becoming a popular wedding venue is an asset to the region and something which is sure to put Doncaster on the map.

As we took our place in the ornate dining room I was eager for the cakes to arrive.

And it was certainly worth the wait.

Suddenly the table was filled with three tier cake stands bursting to the seams.

From delicate finger sandwiches to scones, brownies, pastries and all manner of cream filled calorie laden things in between.

All washed down with lashings of tea in pretty china cups (with the obligatory little finger sticking out of course).

It’s no secret that us Brits love a good old fashion cup of tea.

We all know it has magical powers to make even the most stressful of situations seem OK and when accompanied by a tray full of cakes it’s the best remedy going.

After years of the trendy coffee shops trying to outdo the humble cup of tea the British favourite has come back fighting.

Venues all across the country are now offering afternoon tea’s and Rossington Hall is no exception.

And after torturing myself by watching The Great British Bake Off for the past few weeks it was the fix I needed.

I’ve been cursing Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they shoved cakes in their mouths whilst I continued to count the calories.

But for one day only I decided to take a leaf out of Marie Antoinette’s book and eat cake.

The event was a far cry from our usual raucous boozy night’s on the tiles but made a sophisticated change.

If you haven’t visited Rossington Hall for afternoon tea I would definitely recommend it (make sure you ask for a tour round while you are there).

Visit www.rossingtonhall.co.uk or contact 01302 866822.