After receiving a gift voucher for a full afternoon tea at "The George" as a Christmas present, today (after pre booking yesterday) my wife and I decided to take tea at the "The George". Having lived in Penrith all of my life over the years I have had a few meals, a drink or three in the bar (mainly when Jenny was in command) attended weddings and wakes; but never afternoon tea.
"The George" is considered Penrith's flagship hotel by Penrithians all know it, slap bang in the middle of town.
We arrived at our pre-booked time reported to reception, we then where asked to take a seat in the lounge whilst our table was prepared, no problem we are just relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.
While we waiting my wife pointed out that quite a few tables had been vacated and needed to be cleared, the empty table that we found ourselves seated at had been cleared but not wiped; some others were also in the same condition.
After ten minutes we were shown to our table, brilliant right in the front window looking onto Devonshire street (great for people watching), it then took fifteen minutes for the tea to arrive, the waiter told us that there was only one fruit scone left. Would we like a cheese scone or extra cake? Cheese scone thanks. After another twenty five minutes and one pot of tea later the food arrived, good job there was no rush eh!
Sandwiches, Scones (1 fruit, 1 Cheese) jam (it was red, butter in foil packs) and cream (from a can), cakes (sponge and lemon cheese cake), eaton mess in a shot glass, and a biscuit.
Lets just say I was really looking forward to this experience but we were both left disappointed.
Not with the wait, its Sunday afternoon and we were relaxing, it was the quality of the food.
Non of the cakes or scones (1 fruit, 1 cheese) were made in the kitchen everything was bought in. The sandwiches were poorly made in house with supermarket sliced bread crusts off. I was expecting home made cakes, scones and fancy sandwiches made with bread from artisan bakers. Perhaps we just got unlucky with our timing in the day or I was expecting to much? I guess I'll never know, as I doubt we will return for afternoon tea at "The George".
The one thing I'm not looking forward to is being asked by the provider of the gift voucher of our experience of afternoon tea at "The George", I don't want to sound ungrateful, Just glad I wasn't paying!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The George Hotel is something of a local treasure, situated in the pretty market town of Penrith, perfectly located to explore the Eden valley with Ullswater and the Lake District just a few miles away. The lounge is popular with locals for morning coffee and cake, lunches and afternoon teas. The 2 AA Rosette Devonshire Restaurant's silver and ruby red decor, truly sets the scene for a superb dining experience, with menu’s that focus on simple, fresh, local produce. For more casual drinking and dining, relax in the vibrant Dappers Bar within the hotel. ... more less
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