Went for afternoon tea have as a birthday treat from my daughter. Having never been to the Mount Somerset before I was was very impressed by the building and decoration,really stunning. The staff were all very friendly and helpful too. Unfortunately the full afternoon tea was very disappointing. The first sign that things were not going to be quite as expected was when the cups and plates arrived, to say that you would expect to find this standard in a village hall is probably an understatement, surely Mount Somerset if you are serving a proper afternoon tea in such a beautiful setting you could use bone china cups and saucers! As for the tea itself it had a few good elements, the finger sandwiches were good as were the little macaroons, chocolate brownies and French patisserie. However the scones were over cooked and rock hard, the jam for the scones was bright red with no sign of any fruit in it, the lemon scones had a rubbery texture and were inedible, the meringues were very powdery and made us cough, as for the trifles I think they could quite happily be dispensed of altogether and perhaps the money spent on not producing these could be used to get some decent homemade jam. This had all the potential for being a lovely treat and changes to crockery and quality of products would make a huge difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa in Taunton, Somerset is a stunning Regency country house hotel, set in four acres of beautiful grounds. This grand dame of a building sits high upon her mount, cradled in between the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, affording guests some of the best views in Somerset. With its high ceilings, sweeping spiral staircase, opulent decor and a feeling of gentle elegance and luxury, The Mount Somerset has all the characteristics of a quintessential English Regency mansion. Well established as one of the finest luxury hotels and restaurants in the region, The Mount Somerset has won a host of awards including two AA Rosettes for outstanding cuisine and four AA stars for comfort and hospitality, making it the perfect venue for a dinner, a weekend away or a wedding in Somerset. ... more less
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- Mount Somerset Taunton
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