This week I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to Inglewood Manor for one the most quintessential of English customs, afternoon tea, and I was delighted to be able to attend.
I have wanted to visit Inglewood Manor for a long time but until now had never had the chance, so as you can imagine I was excited to get the opportunity to go and have a look around for myself. Inglewood Manor is perfectly located because it is situated away from all of hustle and bustle of city life in a spot of countryside in Ledsham, yet only 10 minutes from Cheshire oaks giving you the perfect opportunity to hide away from it all for a day or two or relax after a fun filled shopping trip.
From the moment I arrived I felt like I was somewhere special, with it’s sweeping driveway lit up in the dark leading me to the breathtakingly beautiful black and white manor building, that looks every bit as inviting as you would hope.
Once inside I went to meet the ladies for our afternoon tea and was greeted by two lovely members of staff, a roaring log fire, and a big open staircase that stops you in your tracks. And as Christmas is now less than a month away Inglewood Manor is all dressed up and ready for the main event, looking superb and giving off all the Christmas feels.
Before we were seated for our afternoon tea we where given a tour of the hotel which is exactly what I was hoping for and it definitely didn’t disappoint, in fact I want to stay now even more than I did before. Each room is decorated in a different way from the four poster bed in the honey moon suite to the grand black princess style bed in the double room, all styled to a high standard with everything you could need for your stay and each room is spacious with fantastic views across the estate and out in to the Cheshire countryside.
After having a little nose around we were seated for our afternoon tea in yet another beautifully decorated room with a floor to ceiling Christmas tree that can’t help but get you in the festive mood.
The afternoon tea itself was delightful, you can enjoy it with a glass of fizz, tea or coffee and then simply sit back with your friends or family and over indulge on the array of delicious sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones.
Unlike some afternoon teas this one is much more sophisticated, served on a sliver platter with individual jars of jam and succulent prawn sandwiches, which were my absolute favourite on the night. Inglewood Manor have clearly thought of everything, from the way the food is presented to how attentive the staff are to the needs of their guests, making this a treat to be treasured this Christmas.
On the whole I found Inglewood Manor had a lovely relaxed feel to it, one that makes you want to sit in the communal areas cossied up in front of the fire with a glass of red and a good book, which is exactly what some of the guests were doing. Somehow the staff have managed to turn Inglewood Manor into a home from home, if of course your home is a stately manor house! But you get the idea. Inglewood manor is much more than just a meal, or afternoon tea, it is much more than a bed for the night it is in fact an experience, a real treat, and regardless of whether you stay for an hour or the whole night I am convinced you will leave feeling relaxed, happy and desperate to return.
You can currently book the afternoon tea at Inglewood Manor for £19.99 per person and I would highly recommend you do so as a Christmas treat so you can see Inglewood manor in all its festive glory.