We returned to this venue for a wander round the gardens and cafe mainly, as we'd been to the house before and it wasn't to our taste (clearly, modern psychiatry would have something to say about Charles Wade's penchant for collecting). The gardens are lovely, but the cafe needs to improve its offer, hence this review.
My tiny square of banana cake cost £2.60 and was both overbaked and tasted strongly of baking powder. The brownies were a similar price and ungenerous in size. Also, the selection of cake was very limited, with not a whiff of that National Trust staple, Victoria sponge, in sight. The National Trust (of which I am a proud member) has a well-deserved and happy reputation for excellent afternoon tea and cake, and Snowshill is, quite frankly, letting the side down. If you can't get a decent afternoon tea on a weekend at a beautiful country house, when can you get one?
My advice? By all means see the house if you want, but give the cafe a swerve (unless you only want a sit down and something to drink), and go instead to Tisanes in Broadway, where you'll get a great choice of tea and cake at a far more reasonable price.
I genuinely hate to dissuade anyone from giving their hard-earned to such a worthy cause, but equally I don't expect to pay over-inflated prices for an offer which other NT venues in the Cotswolds (and indeed elsewhere) do manage to get right.
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