I tried top UK restaurant's new afternoon tea and it's what cheese lovers have been waiting for

Afternoon tea has long been a mainly sweet-toothed affair but one of the UK's top restaurants near Kidderminster, has finally answered cheese lovers' dreams. Here's a first look at Brockencote Hall Hotel's new two-course afternoon tea on Birmingham outskirts that promises to take luxury to the next level.

Not content with three tiers of treats, the hotel's 3AA Rosette Chaddesley Restaurant in Worcestershire is doubling down on that. It is serving up twice as many stands through two courses of savoury then sweet - so be prepared for a lot of food.

Getting things started alongside the tea, coffee, or Champagne at an extra cost, is an amuse bouche of a Charlotte potato topped with a dollop of cream cheese and caviar. It's on prim white table cloths as the sun shines through large windows at the Victorian manor house in Chaddesley Corbett village, between Bromsgrove and Kidderminster.

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This new menu was the idea of Sous Chef Dane Glover, who works under Head Chef Tim Jenkins. It is only available on Saturdays and just launched at the end of May.

Every month will be refreshed to feature different options in this alternative to traditional finger sandwiches and fruit cakes for High Tea. Instead, there's many more savoury additions and not a classic triangular sandwich in sight.

Three tiers of savouries turn up first. Here I find heritage tomato and carrot top pesto focaccia, mini ham and cheese croissants, a home-made sausage roll, asparagus mini quiche and salmon and creme fraiche crumpet.

There's also a standout moment for cheese lovers of a Spenwood cheese scone. Alongside it are pots of soft and creamy Spenwood cheese custard and apple and plum chutney ready to be lathered generously on top.

A short pause follows to look at the pretty view amid 70 acres of Worcestershire parkland. There's also a palate cleanser of a champagne and raspberry mouse that is light with refreshing fruity flavours.

It signals the start of the sweeter side to the afternoon tea, the second phase of this mammoth feast. Tea and coffee is replenished on demand as the next three-tier stand arrives.

This time it features a sweet buttermilk scone each with clotted cream, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries on the side. See photos of the two course afternoon tea in the photo gallery above.

The other treats are raspberry and white chocolate macarons, a strawberry gateaux made with fresh cream and jelly that has an enchanting wobble plus a carrot and pistachio muffin generously topped with cream cheese icing.

The more traditional of the cakes are slices of honey cake and a lemon drizzle. Many of those around me couldn't finish it all, I noticed, and were offered a box to take what remained home with them. That's a nice touch to be able to revisit some fine dining master cookery at home when less full rather than miss out.

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Jack Hartshorne, general manager at Brockencote Hall Hotel, said: “Our Sous Chef Dane Glover came up with the idea for an elevated afternoon tea to celebrate local produce while providing a creative outlet for chefs to satisfy demand for variations on afternoon tea.

“This is all about showcasing the restaurant’s high standards and is designed to give foodies, people meeting for a special occasion and anyone who simply wants to treat their friends and families the chance to enjoy an afternoon tea that is truly unique and made with flair.

“It’s brilliant to be giving Dane and the team the freedom to come up with a menu and bring it to life each month, and we are excited to now be sharing this with the public.”

Price of the new two course afternoon tea

The new two course afternoon tea at Brockencote Hall Hotel costs £45 per person. Adding a glass of prosecco costs £9.50 or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne is £16.

Food can be adapted to cater for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diners.

Where is Brockencote Hall Hotel?

Brockencote Hall Hotel and its 3AA Rosette Chaddesley Restaurant can be found off the A448 in Chaddesley Corbett at Brockencote, Kidderminster. Use postcode DY10 4PY to find it.

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The hotel is part of the Eden Hotel Collection and is located in the countryside with its own scenic lake, tennis court and restored dovecote. See the Brockencote Hall Hotel website here for bookings and more information.