Afternoon tea is one of my favorite indulgences and when I received a tweet about afternoon tea at the Bonnington and a mention of Banoffee Pie then I knew I had to go.

Afternoon tea is served in The Author’s Lounge on and which is styled to look  like a library with nice large high backed leather chairs and sofas surrounded by a variety of bookcases.  Unfortunately, for us, it was also located above the venue for Friday brunch so was a little noisy at the start but quietened down as the afternoon wore on.

We ordered the afternoon tea which costs AED150 for 2 people.  I was told that there was no need to book, so just turned up which is always handy.  A nice touch is that afternoon tea is made to order and it took a good thirty minutes for the food to arrive so be prepared that this takes time.  Whilst our food was being prepared we were served plenty of tea and coffee by the attentive waitress.

As a big coffee fan I choose cappuccino and was not disappointed with the lovely creamy coffee which arrived and was served with a very crispy biscotti biscuit.  My guest chose a fruit tea which smelled great and I’m told tasty too, later they tried Earl Grey tea.

Delivered on a beautiful two tiered platter our tea consisted of the following :

The savoury platter contained smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, egg mayonnaise sandwiches and chicken and mayonnaise rolls and beef with rocket rolls.  The platter was definitely worth the wait – the bread was beautifully fresh and all of the fillings were really tasty – I particularly loved the smoked salmon and also the roast beef which was perfectly pink and just how I like it.

The sweet plate contained strawberries dipped in dark and white chocolate, mini chocolate cake, mini eclairs, marzipan layered cake and of course scones with raspberry confit and clotted cream.  My favourites were the strawberries which I’m always unable to resist and the scones which were the light and fluffy and went perfectly with the clotted cream and jam.

I never knew that the Bonnington did afternoon tea so was pleasantly surprised to find out the it was so good. There was plenty of variety to suit all tastes and whilst there is plenty for two, my hungry guest made sure there was not too much left at the end of the afternoon (let’s just say that was the only meal of the day that day).   I will certainly return for another afternoon tea – it’s a great location and the food was excellent.

Since I had been lured to the Bonnington by the mention of Banoffee Pie – I bought a piece of pie to take home and tried it the next day.  At AED 35 I have to say that I thought the pie was expensive.  Those of you who read my blog will know that I make Banoffee Pie myself so I was looking forward to trying something new.  Sadly I was disappointed with the pie – firstly it was served in a pastry base lined with dark chocolate and I’m not a dark chocolate or pastry fan and secondly it was overly sweet for my taste and the toffee was a a bit too runny so unfortunately whilst the pie looked great in the fridge it didn’t look so great in a takeaway box or when I got it home (though I did drive carefully !)

I guess there are lots of recipes for Banoffee Pie and we all have our favourites – for me – it has to be served on a biscuit base and the sweetness of the toffee has to be offset with a lot of whipped cream with a topping of flaked chocolate.

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