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The Edgbaston: A Festive Afternoon Tea for Two

The Edgbaston is a boutique hotel which has become almost as famous locally for its fabulous cocktails as it’s decadent vintage style afternoon tea. I decided to treat Ma Lee to one of the best festive afternoon teas in Birmingham.

A Festive Afternoon Tea at The Edgbaston

From the moment you enter the stylish Art Deco inspired cocktail lounge with it’s huge chandeliers and gold embellishments you know you’re in for a treat. Our server Susie explained the different options available to us before leaving us to peruse the menu. Giving our post-Christmas liver a break, we opt for the non-alcoholic option. We ponder the tea selection. Ma Lee is an unadventurous tea drinker, but she’s persuaded to give the highly exotic Earl Grey a go. I opt for the Blackcurrant and Hibiscus, which tastes a little like hot squash but is strangely moreish.

The Edgbaston, afternoon tea

The Edgbaston, all wrapped up for the festive season

The Edgbaston, afternoon teaMmmm, what to have?

The Edgbaston, afternoon tea

Blackcurrant and Hibiscus tea. Not hot squash, nor a cold prevention treatment

After tea is served, it’s an early touch of drama. An amuse bouche.  There’s dry ice. And it comes with a warning not to touch any of the remaining -80 degree rocks of ice if you want to keep your fingers intact.  It’s quite magical and I defy you not to oooh and aaah.  The palate cleansers were quite lovely too, some sort of whiskey infused cheesecake with edible violets.

The Edgbaston, afternoon tea

What alchemy is this?

The Edgbaston, Afternoon Tea

So pretty!

Once the fog clears, it’s time for the main event!  A rack of savoury and sweet delights are served. We quickly set about demolishing the selection.  In keeping with the festive theme, there’s turkey & cranberry served on a brioche bun, and a teeny tiny mince pie.  There’s also smoked salmon & avocado on lemon bread, and Wensleydale cheese and curry sauce on a seeded cracker. The ever-present macaron, and a melt-in-your-mouth passionfruit & meringue tart. And finally, straight-from-the-oven scones with jars of clotted cream and jam.

The Verdict

Every bite was delicious and packed full of flavour. But at The Edgbaston, it’s the complete experience that makes this afternoon tea a cut above the rest.  The dainty porcelain; the amazingly polished teapots; efficient, friendly and knowledgeable staff; and a sophisticated and elegant setting. Perfect for sophisticated and elegant ladies who lunch. Or me and Ma Lee.

The Details

Of course, The Edgbaston offers an ace afternoon tea all year round – you don’t have to wait until Christmas! A traditional afternoon tea is £26.50 per person. Afternoon Tea is served 7 days a week, from 12 noon until 6pm, and you’ll definitely need to book in advance. For reservations please call 0121 454 5212 or email

The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge, 18 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, B15 3DU. Website


10 responses to “The Edgbaston: A Festive Afternoon Tea for Two”

  1. pinkiebag says:

    Hi, this looks like a delightful afternoon tea. I need to try blackcurrant and hibiscus tea as I often have earl grey. The dry ice amuse bouche looks amazing, Chloe #SundayBlogShare

    • emfletche says:

      Hi Chloe, It was such a lovely treat! I’m usually a “mug of builders tea” kind of gal so it was nice to have something a little different!
      And I guess I’ve spoiled the surprise now with the dry ice… The Edgbaston are going to have to come up with something different but equally spectacular now 😁

  2. Nosh & Breks says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! I really need to get this booked – maybe when my mum next comes to visit!

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