Being based in St Albans, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and hotels to visit for beautiful brunches, lunches, dinners, afternoon teas and spa days. A few months ago, I visited Sopwell House Hotel for afternoon tea with some friends and I really wanted to post it on here to spread the news about it. It’s not often you get offered free of charge refills of everything on offer, so overall I thought it was great value for money in a stunning location.
Now I know currently we are all in lockdown, but once everything is back to normal again, it’s just so important to support our local businesses – whatever they may be from shops, restaurants to local markets.
About Sopwell House Hotel
Sopwell House is a 4-star Georgian country house hotel in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It’s a large hotel with 128 rooms, plenty of car parking, a restaurant, brasserie, bar, cocktail lounge, conference rooms and a recently-renovated luxury spa area. It’s the sort of place I’d definitely bring my family if looking for a nice venue for them to stay or to go for a nice meal.
Definitely book a table as it gets busy!
Getting the last table on a Saturday, my friends and I were greeted by friendly waitresses. It’s definitely recommended to book in advance to get your preferred date and time, with afternoon tea being served between 12:30 and 5pm. Prices differ slightly by £4 from midweek to weekend and on booking you can choose between traditional, champagne or pimm’s afternoon tea. Fancy hey?!
How was our afternoon tea?
The afternoon tea was presented really nicely on a tiered stand, consisting of an assortment of freshly made sandwiches, fruit & plain scones and then some delicious sweet cakes to finish. The staff kept coming round and asking if we’d like top ups of the tea, or any of the food. I haven’t been to many afternoon tea’s where they offer these refills of food and drink at an afternoon tea.
We got a few extra sandwiches, but the rest that was on the stand was more than enough food. The only downside was that some of the sweeter desserts were just far too sweet for my liking, but this may just be my personal preference.
After the afternoon tea we had a look round the hotel and newly renovated spa area. I would definitely book a spa day with my mum or friends in the future, perhaps I’ll look into one of the gift vouchers that are on offer on the website which is always quite a nice way to gift this sort of experience. The treatments sound divine, with a large pool, jacuzzi and sauna/steam rooms.
What I really like is that one of their restaurants in the spa allows for guests to sit in their robes whilst enjoying lunch or afternoon tea, offering that much more relaxed day overall. Sounds perfect to me!