Now I have made no secret of my love for afternoon teas. I have sampled a fair few in my time and this holiday alone I have had no less than three! That is one for every second week so far. I had an amazing one at Bohemia, and they might have invited me along to try it, but no word of a lie, it has been one of the best afternoon teas I have ever had. I was keen to try some other afternoon teas and when I saw a voucher deal for an afternoon at Tiffin, Jersey, I knew that I was going to have to try it!
We Are Tiffin, Jersey, Fans
For those of you who don’t know Tiffin, it is set in a gorgeous location on the marina and we have been known to frequent it for brunch. Their brunches are amazing. In fact it has become a tradition to go to Tiffin when then triathlon is on. The competitors have to do several laps of the marina, and it means we get to act supportive of our friends who are competing when really we are just stuffing our face, whilst shouting out the odd cheer. ;-). Like I said, we are so supportive.
Afternoon Tea At Tiffin
Now afternoon tea for a tenner is very good value for money. If you went to any restaurant or cafe on the island you would be looking at paying more than £10 for just one sandwich, cake and a coffee. Therefore, I was curious to see if the usual Tiffin standard would be there. We were really looking forward to the afternoon tea and as a result we saved it for the second week when Mr C was off from work.
It was a day where the sky decided to open and literally drown us in rain. An afternoon tea was the perfect thing to cheer us up. On arriving we were shown to our table which offered us a stunning view of the very grey and moody marina. We were asked what we would like to drink. We chose coffee and ordered the girls an apple juice each and explained that the children would be sharing an afternoon tea. The waiter did look a bit put out by this but there was no way that the children would have been able to finish a whole afternoon tea each!
Less aplomb and more a plonk
Our drinks were served and then our afternoon tea was brought out. Now the reason I love an afternoon tea is because it is supposed to be an indulgent treat; you want to feel like you are being spoilt. Normally the serving of the afternoon tea is done with a flourish. At Tiffin our afternoon tea was served with more of a plonk and less aplomb. The afternoon tea was plonked down and there was no explanation. Nothing. As I suffer from a shellfish allergy I had to call the waiter back to check that there were no shellfish in the sandwiches. He replied “no, just salmon and cream cheese”. Okay, fair enough, no shellfish. But then he still didn’t take the opportunity to explain the rest of the sandwiches or the cakes. So it became something of a lucky dip, which wasn’t unpleasant but it would have been nice to have had the sandwiches and cakes explained.
They were an interesting mix. There was also a vol-au-vent filled with a savoury mixture. I think it might have been tuna. My favourite was the beef roll with a mustard relish. That was delicious. All in all the sandwiches were well made, generous in portion and a nice varied mix.
Now the real star of an afternoon tea should always be the cakes and there was plenty to choose from here. There was a yummy lemon curd with what I think was a raspberry compote. Really refreshing to eat. Then two generous scones. One of the scones was a tad dry but when loaded up with cream and jam who cares!
Then on the top tier we had a moist carrot cake. Perfect strawberry shortbread that I nibbled on in a very dainty manner. My daughter chose to shove it in all in one. I know, I am proud of her manners. Finally, a caramel profiterole. What’s not to love about a profiterole? Delicious and very sweet.
For a tenner you can’t go wrong. It was incredible value for money and the food was to a high standard. The only thing that let it down was the service. It would have been nice to have had the cakes and sandwiches explained and it would have been nice to have been offered a coffee refill.
If you see the Tiffin, Jersey, afternoon tea on a voucher deal then I would recommend you try it out. I would be curious to know what the difference is (if there is any), if you pay for the full-price tea.