Winter wonderland afternoon tea at The Bridge, Prestbury

Afternoon tea on a stand


I’ve lived right by Cheshire for most of my life, yet I am always surprised by how vast it is, and how much I haven’t visited. Prestbury is a case in point. It is one of those gorgeous little villages which Cheshire is famed for, and really not far from home, but I have gone all these years without visiting. Luckily afternoon tea at The Bridge came up*, so it was the perfect opportunity to check the village out.The River Bollin

The Bridge is a Grade II listed building with restaurant, bar and rooms to stay. The overall feeling is cosy with a touch of luxury – testament to the recent refurbishment work by the Flat Cap hotel group. Exterior The Bridge in Prestbury

It definitely feels like rural England….the fact that you can be at Manchester Airport in just 25 minutes just makes it all the more accessible!

Fireplace with Christmas decorations

Dining table by large sunlit window

plants on a shelf

Afternoon tea at The Bridge is available year round, but on a cold December afternoon it feels all the more special to be enjoying their winter wonderland afternoon tea. I mean, just look at it!

Chocolate log

Politeness dictates that the patisserie has to wait and you should eat the sandwiches first. Thankfully that is easier when the sandwiches are on fresh bread with traditional afternoon tea fillings such as fresh egg, salmon and ham. A brie sandwich was a nice seasonal touch.

Then, it was scone time – I think scones are a good bridge between the savoury and sweet. This one was light and fluffy. They had been given a cinnamon edge which was a nice touch. The only thing I would have liked was a more seasonal jam than strawberry – the cinnamon would have paired fabulously with blackcurrant or even a ginger marmalade.

Scones on a slate board

The sweet stuff

Shaped like a snowman with a cute face and almost caramelised mincemeat centre, the macaron was perfect in every way.Snowman macaron

A coconut covered snowball was hiding two fruity flavours of mousse: blackberry and mango. This tree was marshmallow sat atop a tiny ganache tart.Winter Wonderland afternoon tea The Bridge Prestbury / SHE-EATS

I always try and save the chocolate ones until last. The very classy chocolate log had a touch of gold and a marzipan cane on top and a melting chocolate centre. And just when I thought I couldn’t eat another morsel, I managed a little chocolate cherry heart. Chocolate log patisserie

The Bridge in Prestbury is serving this winter wonderland afternoon tea until the end of January 2019. But their executive pastry chef is cooking up delicious delicate treats all year round (check out her Insta for foodie fomo!), so it is worth visiting even if there isn’t snow on the ground!

SHE LOVES: afternoon tea is a treat all year round, but a bit of festive flourish gives it extra sparkle! 

* Review visit – thank you The Bridge and Perception for a wonderful afternoon.

Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes. A foodie with exceptional taste! Always looking for the best food and drink producers from far and wide. Chocolate brownie queen. Judge: International Cheese Awards. Cheese fiend! Travel lover. What better way to discover new food, than to travel to it. Massive fan of The Archers. Crazy cat lady and proud. NW England / Manchester / UK Twitter & Insta: She_Eats_Blog Facebook: SheEatsBlog

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