Not only were we really happy because we were able to have a nice bike ride in the glorious sunshine, we were also happy as we were extremely impressed with this afternoon tea. The only thing traditional about it was that we were offered a choice of tea or coffee and that it was served with a beautiful Royal Albert ‘Old Country Roses’ tea service…so yes, very different, but VERY good!
After locking our bikes up at the library, it was a very short walk to Figs, where we were greeted by their very friendly and welcoming team and then shown to our table at the front of the restaurant, in the sunny bay window. The owner (well, we assumed he was anyway) brought us over a lovely cold glass of bubbling prosecco, which we sipped away whilst having a nice chat and a discussion about the modern, grey decor of the restaurant.
We didn’t have to wait too long before the wonderful looking food was brought out to us.
Usually, this is where we would write out the menu, but we’re not actually about to this time. This afternoon tea in particular is one that doesn’t stay exactly the same all of the time, as it is a Sample Menu, so it doesn’t have a dedicated menu. A few things stay the same, but not everything. So all we can tell you in advance is that; it is called ‘Prosecco & Afternoon Quirky Tea’, it comes with a choice of tea or coffee, it is £19.95 per person and they require a £10pp deposit. On booking however, you can let them know of any foods you really don’t like (for us it is generally just prawns and salmon), so they will try their best to avoid using that.
There was looooads of food and all so well presented. Actually didn’t know where to start.
We had the fish and chips first, which was presented in a cute little terracotta plant pot, with grease proof paper, tartar sauce, a chunk of lemon and a little sprig of thyme. It was beautiful! The batter on the fish was so light…not an ounce of grease, and the chunky chips were super fluffy inside. Gorgeous!
The ham and egg quiche was quite honestly the best quiche I’ve ever tasted! It was so soft and so much flavour.
Danielle thought this next one was a little odd, but I really enjoyed it! It was a mini potato salad, served with crispy bacon and sweet balsamic vinegar. I thought all of the flavours worked so well together and could have quite happily eaten a whole plateful of it.
So, the previous one we didn’t agree on, and this one we didn’t either, but it was the other way round…Danielle loved it and I didn’t. It was a miniature crispy chicken burger in a brioche bun, filled with lettuce, mayo, beef tomato and mushroom. For me, it was just too much but Danielle really enjoyed it.
The other savouries that we had were; a buttery flaky sausage roll; a skewered crispy chicken bite with garlic mayo that was served in a second little terracotta plant pot, lastly and best of all by far (oh my gosh it was amazing!) was a lightly toasted brioche bun filled with a sausage and topped with BBQ pulled pork…my mouth is actually watering just thinking about it.
Honestly, the savouries on this thing were fantastic! And as if that wasn’t enough, the sweets were just as good; soft scones with clotted cream and jam, silky smooth panna cotta topped with a raspberry sauce and THE most amazing amaretto cheesecake I have ever tasted in my whole entire life! We loved that little cup of heaven!
*Beautiful tea service
*A great variety of food
*Friendly and attentive service.
We would have liked someone to explain what was served to us, instead of us having to guess what we were eating.
We thoroughly enjoyed Figs’ quirky afternoon tea and would definitely recommend it! We give this a 9.5/10!