9th May 2011, on the menu today...
Scones (Afternoon Tea at the Rampsbeck Country House Hotel)
Living where we do in Cumbria, the Lake District is literally a stone's throw away and, with the beautiful weather we had at the end of April, we decided to pay it a visit. After going for a walk which involved ice cream - well you need something to give you a bit of energy - and a stunning waterfall called Aira Force, we decided to stop by the Rampsbeck Country House Hotel for a spot of afternoon tea - as one does.
The hotel's gardens stretch out in front of it all the way down to the stunning Ullswater Lake and, consequently, as we sat down we were greeted by a wonderfully view of the lake and distant fells. The afternoon tea menu consisted of a wide range of teas, sandwiches, cake, tea bread and, of course, scones - all freshly prepared on the premises. Given the amount of food we had already consumed during the day, we opted for just traditional tea and scones.
After a short wait - the scones are freshly baked - we were presented with our food and drinks. Naturally, everything looked immaculate and, together with the views, I was a very happy bunny.
On our last visit to the Rampsbeck we had lunch and the food was some of the best we've had around these parts so our expectations were high. Thankfully, the scones didn't disappoint in the slightest with a lovely crumbly texture punctuated by sweet bursts of plump dried fruit. Needless to say, the addition of damson jam and clotted cream was wonderful with sweet fruity notes and creamy richness elevating the scones to an almost heavenly status. All in all, a lovely way to end the day and an experience I would have no hesitation on recommending to others.
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