My mother and I have a tradition of going out for Afternoon Tea a few times a year, so for Christmas I took the opportunity to buy my mother a ticket aboard the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus! We boarded the bus just before 12 noon on Saturday and took our seats on the top deck (tables are pre-booked so if you want to sit on the top deck be sure to book enough time in advance) where our sandwich and cake selection was awaiting us on the tired plates (cleverly stuck to the tables with grips to ensure no rogue corners sent our sarnies flying!)
This isn't a guided tour, though our hosts did provide us with a few fact nuggets as we drove around. I'm a bit of a geek and couldn't resist dropping a few knowledge bombs of my own about our fine city (I'm a fact sponge - I know a lot of useless but fascinating information that I love sharing!).
There's a choice of a variety of teas and coffees (and if that isn't your thing, they even have hot chocolate - but best to request it when you book just in case they haven't stocked up enough) You can have as much tea/coffee as you like, but the bus doesn't have toilets and they don't do toilet breaks, so it's advised you don't guzzle down too much! The drinks are served in really cute travel cups sunk into the table (more spillage avoidance there!)
Also provided was a cute little bottle of fresh orange juice which was sweet and pulpy.
The sandwiches are really tasty - small (a few bites each) and varied - my favourite was the chicken mayo salad roll, but I also really enjoyed the cute mini quiche and the Spanish omelette style slice.
The cakes... well, they were divine! The mini chocolate cupcake was gorgeous - not too sickly, the perfect size. A stunning chocolate ganache on top, but I also adored the gooey custard filled cake similar to a profiterole, though it wasn't quite choux pastry I couldn't tell you exactly what it was. A cake/profiterole hybrid.
The cake best to end on is their miniature lemon meringue pie which is sticky and fluffy, and tart enough to make your lips pucker. A stunning end to this sweet experience.
This is the perfect mother/daughter afternoon out. I'd really recommend to anyone who loves afternoon tea but wants to experience it a little differently.