Review: Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Cambridge

A tasty afternoon tea in Cambridge. Great value for money and a beautiful setting.

Afternoon tea is one of those special treats that everyone should have once in a while, and where better than in the city of Cambridge?

Spend a morning touring Cambridge’s beautiful architecture or browsing its many stores. Finish the day with a delightful afternoon tea at one of the city’s most iconic hotels, Hotel Du Vin.

Follow the cobbled street past the Fitzwilliam Museum and arrive at the hotel’s Bistro. With its arched brick doorway, cobbled entrance and square framed windows, it’s an atmospheric setting for this quintessentially British tradition.

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The bistro has a modern yet warm interior. Dark wood with orange accents and palms with a bright window frontage. My friend and I had a window table. It was great for watching city life; tourists, cyclists and traffic whizzed by. It’s definitely worth requesting a table by the window when booking.

Hotel Du Vin has recently given its afternoon tea menu an update. Wonderfully presented and full of colour, it consists of finger sandwiches; Winterdale Shaw cheese and posh pickle, coronation chicken, cucumber and mint, smoked salmon and cream cheese and egg and cress. There’s a selection of cute cakes; Victoria sandwich, coffee and walnut cake, black forest gateaux and carrot cake. Of course, there’s also scones with clotted cream and jam.  

The showstopper is the Valrhona chocolate and ice cream profiterole cake pops! We ate this first before it melted and it was just as tasty as it sounds.

Each sandwich is served on a different style of bread sourced from More Artisan Bakery in the Lake District. This added something a little extra to the selection. My favourite was the coronation chicken and surprisingly the cucumber and mint, which was packed with flavour.

We couldn’t quite manage to eat all our cakes. A staff member kindly boxed them for us. I enjoyed mine the next day at home with a cup of tea.

Overall this is a lovely location for an afternoon tea in the city. It’s reasonably priced at £22.50 per person, there’s a good of choice of teas, including an unusual gingerbread chai, and you’ll leave feeling full!

Hotel Du Vin, 15-19, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QA

Tel: 01223 928991 | www.hotelduvin.com/locations/cambridge/bistro/

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