I took my mum here to try to celebrate her birthday - I hadn't appreciated that it closed so early 4.30 ! My local garden centre in bournemouth is open till 8pm Thursday and Fridays and are still serving meals.
On arrival I was informed - kitchen was closed but could have hot drinks and a selection of cakes was available and that if I wanted the afternoon tea that I would have to come back another day ...
Good idea I thought till I saw that the afternoon was only served for a minimum of two persons !
My mum has just celebrated her 94 th birthday and doesn't have a huge appetite - and afternoon tea is one of her favourite things - but there is no way she could eat a whole one - I checked with one of the staff to make sure that was the case - yes it had to be for at least two persons.
We have had afternoon teas all around the uk and the world and have never come across this crazy idea ever before.
Needless to say - we won't be back - it would be a complete waste and would be upsetting for mum , an afternoon tea to share for the two of us would have been absolutely ideal - but still - it was not to be - we will be off to one of the other numerous places in the area to have what I know she will really enjoy and something to suit her size of appetite and it won't be here !
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