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KLTmrs wrote a review Oct 2020
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I visited today with my mother after being given a voucher for afternoon tea and grounds entry. We decided to pay £7 each to have a tour of the house also, which I am glad we did as it was the best part. Paul the tour guide was great he clearly knew his stuff and delivered the tour with humour, a real credit to the business. We then had afternoon tea in the orangery and our thoughts on this area similar to others reviews so I'm not sure why they haven't been addressed yet. The orangery is a beautiful building with so much charm yet the decor; cheap tables and chairs, dressers showing a random selection of gifts, odd cushions etc all make the place feel very underwhelming and a bit lacklustre. The afternoon tea its self consisted of four sandwich triangles on standard but fresh bread with nice fillings, all very tasty, a "shop bought" scone which was okay apart from the jam which was cheap in taste and texture, then a slice of cake, my honey and lavender was very nice. The thing that neither myself or my mother could get over was the need for the use of the silver catering trollies. Every time staff took drinks, crockery or food to/from a table they wheeled a silver three shelved catering trolley through the orangery which sounded like a train rattling past! We had to stop our conversation on multiple occasions because of the noise. Two drinks do not need their own trolley. We are glad that we didn't pay the full price as it certainly wouldn't be worth it at the minute but could be so much better. I hope management reads this review and does the following: - sort out the decor in the orangery, there are many similar venues e.g. Coombe Abbey, Kilworth House that have similar yet stunning offerings. - use homemade or locally sourced scones and real jam especially as you are charging prices similar to those using high quality products. - get rid of the catering trollies which belong in a working kitchen not front of house and provide staff with trays to carry drinks on. I do have to say the staff were friendly throughout the entire visit from those in the sales office to the tour and in the orangery which is the reason I have given three stars.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Zara S wrote a review Oct 2020
Warwickshire, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
My daughter and I went to Stoneleigh Abbey for afternoon tea today. I had been given the wowcher voucher for my birthday (my friend paid around £24). The whole experience was slightly underwhelming. We had it in the Orangery which was very nice if slightly lacking in atmosphere but the real issue was the afternoon tea itself. We each had 4 small triangles of sandwiches which were on shop bought sliced bread and were tasty enough if rather uninspired .There were also scones with jam and cream which again were ok but looked like they had been bought in a supermarket...in fact I have had much better ones from a supermarket! We also had the choice of what kind of cake we wanted. I had tea and it came in a pot with enough tea for 4 cups and my daughter had hot chocolate. If we had paid the full amount for this it would have been £51!!!! It was barely worth the £24 and never ever worth that. It was just "ok" and the food was "fine"...as I say a bit underwhelming. It is,a shame it was raining as it is a beautiful place and will certainly go back for a walk in the grounds one day but wouldnt really be recommending the afternoon tea sadly.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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womble2016 wrote a review Oct 2020
Frimley, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
We certainly will not be returning as had a very disappointing visit on Sunday. Having recovered from the cost went through and when we saw the building thought it would be worth the cost. We were met by a pleasant enough young lady who was to take us on the house tour but despite being asked a number of times to speak louder she just rambled on. Never have we been on a tour which went from room to room so quickly, there were lots to look at but no time. The grounds were okay. Our tea was also a great disappointment as toasted tea cakes and crumpets were burnt. Yes we should have said something at the time but we may well have said too much. Will not be recommending.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Midsomer89 wrote a review Oct 2020
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What a lovely day out - we took the guided tour, our guide Rebecca was really knowledgeable and answered all of our questions! A fascinating place, I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Ade wrote a review Oct 2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom1 contribution
A review left on behalf of my parents. A lovely day here for an afternoon tea. Blown away by the help we received by the staff as my husband is in a wheelchair. You really made our day, thank you so much! The afternoon tea was wonderful, with plenty to eat and so full afterwards. The beauty of the building was helped because it was a sunny day. Well worth a visit
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Date of experience: October 2020
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