My friend and I decided to meet up in the Bailgate for a girly afternoon tea. We came across Bells and were drawn in by the lovely vintage decor (we are both suckers for a bit of vintage!). We were greeted by a very friendly gentleman who took us to a two seater table in the main area of the cafe. Our table had a pretty polka dot table cloth and we were surrounded by bunting, vintage pictures and original wooden beams. The tables were quite close together (which I usually hate) but it seemed to fit in well with the cosy feel of the place. There were probably only around 6 or 7 tables in the cafe. We were given menu's to look at, but we instantly knew we wanted the afternoon tea for two at £12 each. I have got to say, it was definitely worth the money and could have fed four people, let alone two of us!
The tea was brought out first in a gorgeous vintage tea pot with matching Cath Kidston-style cups. The tea was loose and tasted great. Then the food followed, and we couldn't believe how much there was! The food came out on a large cake stand and consisted of: A selection of mini cakes/biscuits including brownies, custard tart (the best we've ever had), ginger cake, shortbread etc. As well as this, we had a huge selection of sandwhiches (we chose the fillings), two large pieces of cake (chocolate gataux and victoria sponge) and two extra large scones with clotted cream and jam. I wish I had taken a photograph!!!
The food was faultless and absolutely delicious and so fresh. The service was brilliant and all the staff seemed very friendly and eager to please. We were so glad we chose to come here for our girly catch up and both agreed we would come again!
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