Stanneylands Hotel Afternoon Tea, Wilmslow
PUBLISHED: 16:21 17 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:20 26 April 2016
Sighs all round. Afternoon tea at Stanneylands, Cheshire Life's Hotel of the Year 2012-13, proved totally irresistible
It seems the cheerful sight of cakes, scones and delicately constructed fine sandwiches artfully arranged on a tiered plate has something of the Clooney effect on women.
Even the most weight-conscious were powerless against the charms presented at a very special afternoon tea, held at the award-winning Stanneylands Hotel in Wilmslow.
It was several celebrations rolled into one. Firstly, Stanneylands were marking their Cheshire Life Hotel of the Year title, secondly, it was the start of the racing season and thirdly, the new fashion season had finally got under starter’s orders.
While sipping ‘house bubbles’ and nibbling on canapés, the assembled guests were treated to a relaxing fashion show by Crissan, the Cheadle Hulme boutique that remarkably celebrates 22 years in the fashion business.
Casual separates from Gelco in red, white and navy, corals, cream and nutmeg and a selection of shirts from Just White were among the highlights of the new collections now available at the boutique. There were beautifully cut trouser suits from Oscar B and Doris Streich and versatile occasionwear by Frank Lyman, Eugene Klein and Personal Choice, designed to give everyone inspiration for the summer season.
Prior to sitting down to the delightful tea in the restaurant the ladies were treated to a brief talk on tea from James Green of Holmes Chapel-based tea merchant, Tea from the Manor.
James took everyone on a tea adventure as each table enjoyed a choice of intriguing blends to sample, including a fragrant fruity blend of hibiscus, rosehip, apple pieces and orange peel Red Berries brew and a heady Chai Spice which was a mixture of Assam tea cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, ginseng ginko and rooibos.
James had also created something rather special for the occasion: a delicious Darjeeling tea blend that included £100 worth of gold leaf. This was entered into a draw during the event and won by Lesley Mitchell, owner of Hale-based Art of Interiors.
Arguably the star attraction of the afternoon was the array of delights that awaited everyone in the wood-panelled Oak Room, splendidly arrayed on starched white tablecloths.
Richard Maun, who has been Head Chef at Stanneylands for three years, had pulled out all the stops to make this an occasion to remember. Each guest chose one of the exciting teas which had been selected by the tea maestro James and were spoilt for choice when considering where to start!
The 40 guests, who included Granada TV news presenter Lucy Meacock, enjoyed an elegant spread of slender sandwiches, scones and clotted cream and freshly baked fruit tarts and macaroons in Black Forest and strawberry cheesecake flavours. Lucy pronounced these the best she’d ever tasted.
It was a delightful occasion for the guests: many had taken time off from hectic business schedules to attend.
Canapés and Prosecco
Smoked salmon cornets with crème fraiche and caviar
Tiger prawn tempura skewers with chilli and mango salsa
Selection of “Teas from the Manor”
Smoked salmon roulade
Coronation chicken mini bagel
Selection of finger sandwiches - Free range egg mayonnaise and watercress,and slow cooked ham, vine plum tomato, with Pommery mustard
Mini prawn cocktail shot glasses with a quail’s egg on top
Freshly baked scones, preserve, Cornish clotted cream
Exotic fruit tarts
Mini Black Forest and Mini Strawberry Cheesecake macaroons
Mini Victoria sponge