Last week Queen Elizabeth II officially became Britain’s longest reigning monarch. At 17:30 on Wednesday 9th Sept, she surpassed her great-great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, by reaching 23,226 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes on the throne. That’s a lot of waving, hand shaking, and handbags!
There’s nothing more quintessentially British than our royal family, so what better way to celebrate than by having a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea with a friend. Although, admittedly, it was more of an excuse to have a girly chat than discuss the merits of the monarchy.
For our much needed catch-up we decided to dine at Filmore and Union in the Victoria Quarter, Leeds.
When looking for places that provide afternoon tea we were spoilt for choice, but with its beautiful surroundings and its healthy ethos, Filmore and Union was the perfect venue.
Afternoon tea is basically sandwiches, scones and cake and it can be quite hard to make sandwiches exciting because they’re not exactly haute cusine, but these open sandwiches were something else. I’m still dreaming about the Parma ham and pesto now and the smoked salmon sat on top of the cream cheese, with a hint of lemon and dill was amazing. *drools
Aficionados of Afternoon Tea might balk at the lack of clotted cream on the plate, but since I can’t stand the stuff, I found it refreshing to not have to navigate around it. Instead we were treated to a healthy helping of Greek yoghurt and blueberries. The cakes on the top were just the right size and rounded off our meal quite nicely and we washed it all down with tea, coffee and healthy juice shots.
When we finished we felt pleasantly full, but not bloated. The bread and cake-fest that is afternoon tea often leaves me feeling a sluggish, but I had none of that this time. So after we had eaten we had plenty energy to wander around the shops for a while, only to discover they were all full of flared trousers, big hats and fur gilets. Yes, without even trying I’ve somehow ended up an accidental fashionista. I’ll talk more on that in another post. For now, I’ll just bask in sartorial glory. Oh, and count down to when I can next have afternoon tea, of course!
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. I just like food.