We sent our seasoned afternoon tea diners to Laura Ashley The Tea Room to see how it compared.
Laura Ashley The Tea Room opened at The Chace Hotel, Coventry at the end of last year.
It’s one of the few places you can indulge in the most British of pastimes, afternoon tea, in the city, so ofcourse we had to send our diners to try it out.
Having indulged in afternoon tea at some of the country’s most highly rated establishments, including The Ritz, Fortnum & Mason and The Belfry, we were confident that their palette was up to scratch.
The Tea Room is decorated in signature Laura Ashley style featuring products from Laura Ashley’s home range, creating an elegant and comfortable space – the ideal atmosphere for indulging in afternoon tea.
Laura Ashley’s striking Belvedere Midnight wallpaper is complemented by Pale Silver and Pistachio painted walls in this contemporary space filled with fresh green hues and accents of blue.
The Tea Room overlooks the hotel’s landscaped gardens, and ample free parking is available for guests to the rear of the hotel.
The rest of the hotel has been recently renovated as the hotel becomes a Laura Ashley Hotel, as a result the hotel was tidy and the grounds were well kept.
Guests can expect traditional afternoon tea favourites, including a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves, and cakes and pastries.
Updated regularly, the sweet selection is created using seasonal produce by dedicated Pastry Chef, Chris Murrow, and includes white chocolate macaroons, raspberry cheesecake, a tiramisu inspired cake and more.
The menu did not disappoint, with sandwiches combinations which included cucumber & cream cheese, egg mayonnaise & watercress, honey roast ham & English mustard, Scottish Smoked Salmon with chive crème fraiche, and Welsh rarebit, all served on a variety of breads and complimenting each other.
The choice of plain buttermilk or raisin scones was a nice touch, and lemon curd to accompany the scones was different but modern and well paired.
The hot tea selection had much variation, from deliciously strong, traditional English Breakfast sourced exclusively from estates across East Africa, to Jasmine Pearls, a pale, light bodies liquor (not the alcoholic type), expertly sourced from China’s Fujian province.
Piacetto Supremo Espresso, a blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee, is also available for the caffeine addicts. Drum-roasted, very full-bodied, mellow and aromatic with a roasted taste and low acidity. Served as Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino or Latte.
You can also upgrade to a glass of Prosecco or Champagne with your tea.
Whether it’s for a special occasion, or just to treat yourself this Spring, we’d recommend Laura Ashley The Tea Room for a delightful afternoon treat.
Prices start from £20 per person, find out more or book now here.
Food & Drink7
Location & Atmosphere8
An elegant and comfortable Tea Room
Overwhelming, exceptional range of iced teas
Rest of the hotel in need of modernisation