Crewe Hall in Cheshire is a listed Grade I building that has been attracting fine quests since the 17th Century, including our reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The buildings show a mix of Jacobean and sharp 21st century architecture including exquisite marble fireplaces, ornate plasterwork, carved wood and stained glass windows.
Afternoon tea is taken in the Sheridan Room, once Lord Crewe's dining room where he entertained King George V and Queen Mary in 1913 amongst other notable quests.
Each of the three tired cake stands caters for three guests. Unfortunately we had already started eating the sandwiches on our selection before I remembered to take a photo (and I didn't want to stand up and photograh our other set for the other three members of the family, that hadn't as yet been started upon, as it would have drawn attention to what I was doing.)
There was a vaste choice of Tea which was individually poured through a silver tea strainer by our party's personal waiter dressed in black tie.
We each had five sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham and wholegrain mustard, chicken, egg and cress and roast beef and horseradish sauce. (My favourite was the smocked salmon and cream cheese.)
Next came the scones, clotted cream and mini pots of jam.
Finally the rhubard eton mess, tiny banoffee pie and mini black forest gateau. All three were absolutely scrumptuous.