Dotty’s Tea House, Carshalton, Surrey

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I actually think I am a little obsessed with the whole afternoon tea thing. I mean, what’s not to love about fresh sandwiches, scones, cake and copious amounts of tea?

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I am super lucky to live very close to Dotty’s Tea House in Carshalton, Surrey and because I so enjoyed my Christmas themed afternoon tea  – I decided to take the family there to celebrate a birthday!

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I certainly made the right choice too – the food was equally as delicious as our festive treat was.  I’m a special case because I am allergic to nut’s and as a result I was provided my very own tiered plate of treats!  They were pretty much the same as what everyone else had though, with just a couple of substitutions.

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We started with a range of little mini savoury bites. This was something I’ve not had before at an afternoon tea – usually it’s just sandwiches and the like, so it was a welcome change to be able to try something new.  Unfortunately they were not to my taste at all. They looked pretty enough, but they were a little bland and uninspired.  The mini quiche however were delicious and came in three different flavours too which was great – I only wish they had four of the same quiche flavours so we could all try the same flavour at the same time.

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Next up we had the most gorgeous sandwiches which were topped up for us when we asked for more – can you believe we asked for more?? They were so delicious!  Coronation chicken, ham & mustard, egg mayo and salmon – we loved them all.

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The scones are quite simply the best I have ever tasted. I’m going back just for them if I am honest. Light, Fluffy, excellent flavour and warm! Perfect combination with some jam and cream! My partner is allergic to strawberries and so they very kindly subbed us for a raspberry jam too which was no trouble for them at all.  We are a little bit of a special needs family when it comes to food.

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Then finally we were able to tuck into a delicious range of cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, lemon tarts & macaroons.  I literally couldn’t have been happier.

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I love how everything is served up on pretty miss matched crockery, as somehow it makes it look more authentic!  Overall a really great experience and we even took a doggy bag away with us!  Oh and I have to mention the tea – so many choices and every single one is amazing.

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Absolutely, five star feedback from us and a hearty recommendation to go visit if you’re ever in the area !

 

 

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