The Luxury High Tea

Brighton Food Reviewers, Mr & Mrs RB, June 2015

It was a hot and humid Friday early this June that we all headed out to Wickwoods Country Club and the Glass House restaurant in the beautiful Sussex countryside to indulge in a much anticipated high tea.

Mr RB, new baby RB, and me.

Afternoon Tea, The Glass House Restaurant, Albouurne, Wickwoods Spa and Country Club
A Sussex Retreat

I hadn’t been to Wickwoods previously so I was looking forward to it and, with alchohol and caffeine continuing to be off the menu sugar, mostly in the form of cake, is now my go to for some body chemistry altering indulgence.

Afternoon Tea, The Glass House Restaurant, Albouurne, Wickwoods Spa and Country Club
Mini Carrot Cakes – The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods Country Club

A micro holiday

I am sure that the heat and humidity added to the feeling of being on holiday but, for this central Brighton dwelling family, it felt like a different world. Luscious green gardens, deck chairs on the lawn, the sound of birds (not squawks of seagulls), people walking across the lawn swinging their tennis rackets, linen napkins, all made me feel like I did when I used to don my nicest sarong and sneak into a posh hotel for some air-con in my backpacking days. I even indulged the fantasy of becoming a member but then I remembered how hard it would be to park when I get back to Hanover…

The Glass House Restaurant, Albourne, Sussex, Wickwoods, Henfield
A Taste of the Sussex Countryside – Albourne

The restaurant at Wickwoods is called the Glass House. Its massive windows open straight onto the verandah and the gardens so one has that feeling of being outside despite the shelter of an actual ceiling.

We were greeted by the maitre’d who helped make space for the baby and settle us in readiness for our luxurious and indulgent high tea.

The Star of the ShowAfternoon Tea, The Glass House Restaurant, Albouurne, Wickwoods Spa and Country Club

The pictures tell a story of their own but I think it is the scones that are the star of the show here.

They were freshly made and served with very generous pots of cream and jam. The scone is a bit of a favourite in the RB household and Mr RB can rustle them up with almost no notice so we were delighted that these were so good. Big, warm, and delicious.

The rest of the tea cannot be faulted. The finger sandwiches were delicate but still substantial; on the day our selection included smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese, roast beef and horseradish, and egg. Mr RB asked for a couple of extra smoked salmon sandwiches because he was enjoying them so much but I had to remind him that there had to be room for the rest of the tea!

The cakes included quite a large variety of dainty morsels: lovely little eclairs, cute little cupcakes, pretty little jelly with raspberries and strawberries, and some delicious cherry bakewell cakes.

Afternoon Tea, The Glass House Restaurant, Albouurne, Wickwoods Spa and Country Club
Mini Cherry Bakewell and Chocolate Finger – The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods Country Club

I think the cherry bakewell cakes were my favourite. The combination of biscuity texture and subtle almond flavour felt perfect for the day. Or maybe it was the chocolate eclairs? It’s very hard to say really as I must confess a bias towards anything that contains chocolate.

Afternoon Tea, The Glass House Restaurant, Albouurne, Wickwoods Spa and Country Club
Jelly with raspberries and strawberries

Take your time

I mustn’t forget the tea itself as the Glass House has quite a selection of teas and coffees. I opted for a pot or two of Roiboos and Mr RB selected a caffetiere of coffee.

Going out for an afternoon tea is a real pleasure. The sheer number of cakes dictates that time must be taken and we really enjoyed the 2 or 3 hours that we were there. Baby RB had plenty to look at and could have a little snooze in her pram while we could slowly eat and nibble our way through a feast in disguise.

Afternoon Tea, The Glass House Restaurant, Albouurne, Wickwoods Spa and Country Club
Finger SIxed Treats – The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods Country Club
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