Afternoon Tea at The Edgbaston, Birmingham

Question - what do you get when six food bloggers meet up for afternoon tea?
Answer - a million photos and more teapots than you can comfortably fit on a table, however large that table may be! 

Last weekend I headed over to The Edgbaston in Brum for a blogger meet up with some old and new faces. Having looked online, I knew this place was going to be right up my street but it wasn't until I walked in, past the unassuming, almost secret entrance, and soaked up the sheer 'art deco-dence' of it all (see what I did there) that I realised just how great this boutique hotel is.

The Edgbaston boutique hotel door sign
One thing I've loved from the very start of my blogging career is the sense of community. There is no competition between food bloggers, everyone supports one another and within the Midlands scene, I've made some fantastic friends. Sadly my partner in crime Emily from Recipes & Reviews couldn't make it, nor could Ellen from Eat with Ellen but I was really pleased to catch up with 4 fantastic bloggers I already know - Sophie from Penne For Your Thoughts, Helen from Positive Fridays, Laura from Full To The Brum and Roz from the Foodie Couple. I also got to make a new friend too (yes Emma Victoria Stokes, I've been blog stalking you all week).

Midlands food bloggers enjoying afternoon tea

Anyway, enough with the giant love-fest. Let's get down to business and look at this afternoon tea! Their traditional afternoon tea is priced at £20 a head which includes a palate cleanser, cakes and sweet treats, sandwiches, endless tea and scones. For the quirky detail and ambience of the venue alone, never mind the taste and quality, this is fantastic value. 

We kicked off with a palette cleanser - lemon curd with gin & tonic granita, served with dry ice for extra effect. Mesmerising to watch, even better to eat (the granita, not the dry ice!)..

Pouring out the tea at The Edgbaston in Birmingham

Once we'd gobbled that down, we were presented with a selection of delicious sandwiches, with the crusts cut off of course, and the prettiest, most delicious cakes and treats I've ever seen. Cue the choux pastry swan filled with lemon cream, the tiny blackberry tart and the hazelnut and chocolate lollipops and just perfect macarons. Following this there were also scones, clotted cream and jam. I was too full so took mine home for later!

Beautiful cakes at afternoon tea

To drink, Laura and I shared a big vintage teapot full of Jasmine tea. The flavour was light and perfectly balanced, and believe it or not, went perfectly with the cakes. Of course if you prefer a good old english breakfast cuppa they've got that too. The waiter told us that all of the teapots, crockery and pretty much everything around us was vintage. Another showed me a gorgeous 1920's martini trolley they have by the bar. The stuff of dreams!

This is by far the best afternoon tea I've ever had. It felt like a treat even though it was affordable. Not only is it a gorgeous, luxurious space, the service and quality of the tea and cake was second to none.  I'd love to come back with my mum and sister as I know they'd love it. With my birthday coming up next month, I'm also angling for a romantic night here  *hint hint* - lets hope Dave's reading this.

*The Edgbaston didn't know we were a group of bloggers when we booked or dined (although they may gave guessed once we all started giving our cakes the paparazzi treatment). I paid for my afternoon tea and all opinions are my own*

The Edgbaston,
18 Highfield Road,
B15 3DU


  1. Lovely post! It was great to see you and the other girls and to have that fabulous afternoon tea. I need to go back for cocktails!

    1. Thanks Helen! I'd forgotten this one was going live today so your comment reminded me :-) See you soon for our Christmas get together! x

  2. I love afternoon tea - those pretty cups and saucers look lovely too.

  3. Wow - what a wonderfully theatrical afternoon tea! I need those teacups.

  4. It looks like a really fun afternoon. Anything with cake is going to be good in my book though :)

  5. Great job on the post, it's amazing. Also it's great to know I have a new fan ;-)

  6. Oh my lord, this place looks incredible. I love the art deco style room and the big silver teapots. Imagine a wedding there!

  7. So jealous! It all looks amazing and yes, the blogging community is so supportive, agreed!


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