One of the best things about being with Steve is that we both love to do wonderful things together and we really appreciate them. The planning and anticipation can almost be as fulfilling as the doing, and we love to remember and talk about the experience afterwards. So it’s like we get to do something three times instead of just once.
Today, Steve and I went to Gidleigh Park for afternoon tea. Gidleigh Park is a luxury country house hotel located on Dartmoor near the village of Chagford. It’s a mile drive up a single track road so we really felt like we were getting away from everything. We saw a heron fishing and two pairs of deer en route.
On our arrival, we were greeted and as we were early (afternoon tea is served at 4pm) we went for a walk around the grounds to build up our appetite. The surrounding area is wild Dartmoor at it’s best – mature woodlands with the very same River Teign that I cycle along on my way to work running through it.
Once we arrived back at the hotel, we were shown into the beautiful oak panelled library and settled in next to the fire. In keeping with the period of the building, there are architectural and design influences from the Arts and Crafts Movement and the décor is understated, British elegance. Owners Andrew and Christina Brownsword also run ABode Hotels, where Steve and I had our cheap date a few weeks back. Once again the service was excellent and BTW Gidleigh Park has been named England’s Hotel of the Year. Gidleigh Park is renowned for its food and has earned two Michelin stars. Definitely somewhere we plan to return to for a special meal sometime.
In the library
We ordered the High Tea with smoked salmon, ham, chicken and egg & cress sandwiches (crusts removed, of course); lemon, chocolate and carrot cake, an exquisite fruit tart; scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream and four types of cookies. I chose Gidleigh Park blend tea, which was a mix of English Breakfast and Earl Grey and Steve had a cafetiere of very good coffee.
Afterwards, we were left to relax in front of the fire and stayed until night had fallen. The drive home was lovely with the nearly full moon lighting our way.
A proper cup of tea