I have had afternoon tea before, a couple of times, but I enjoy it so much that I decided to put it on my birthday list to encourage me to do it again, and it’s one that I’ve actually managed to tick off!
I went with my sisters and my niece, in lieu of a baby shower for my niece who was around eight months pregnant when we went. I am not a fan of baby showers, and nor is she, so I suggested that just the four of us should go out for afternoon tea just to spend some time together before the baby arrived (which she did, just last weekend).
It was down to me to find somewhere to go, and I settled on Buscall & Flynn’s in Chelmsford in the end. It’s a really unassuming building from outside, in fact, I’m not sure that I’d go in if I just walked past. But with a little research, it seemed as though it had some of the best reviews for afternoon tea in Chelmsford, so that’s where we ended up.
For £11.95 per person, you get, as is standard with afternoon tea, a selection of sandwiches and cakes. When they take your order, they ask you what sandwich you want, so if there is a group of you, you could order four different choices, and then share them amongst you.
On top of the sandwiches, you get a scone and small cupcake each as well. All of the food was really delicious; well made and completely fresh, so it’s well worth the money. In terms of the drinks, we ordered a pot of tea for three of us, but my sister Sarah doesn’t drink tea, so she ordered coffee. It was slightly disappointing to find that the two cups that she drank were charged separately from the afternoon tea itself – I think that a hot drink should come as part of the tea, regardless of what you are drinking!
But all in all it was a lovely afternoon, and it’s always lovely to spend time with this bunch. Funnily enough, as we sat there waiting for our food, my dad walked in. He didn’t know we were going to be there, it was one of those silly coincidences! He joined us, though didn’t partake in the tea itself, and it was just a nice family afternoon. Especially once we got started on the face swapping shenanigans…!
Buscall & Flynn’s is a great choice for afternoon tea in Chelmsford; it’s a reasonable price, the food is delicious, and the staff are friendly. I just enjoy afternoon tea so much that I’m already thinking about when I can go again!
30. Have afternoon tea