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I had the most honourable pleasure of having high tea at Langdon Hall in Cambridge this weekend. Located in a stately acreage at one Langdon Drive, the winding drive leads way to the most impressive of manors. Built by Eugene Langdon and his wife Pauline in 1902, the Country House (Hotel) remains true to its English roots. As you walk through the beautiful white pillars you have a feeling of being welcomed by Cotswolds history. Crisp whites, aged rugs, simple understated decorations, stone floors and those roaring fires. Hotel staff with warm smiles gladly took our coats and welcomed us to wait in the lobby. Another smile ushered us into the dining room where large windows and lovely views beckoned us to sit and pause a moment.
Our tea menu composed of various TWG teas and our server pointed out the classics, the spicy, the sweets and the adventurous. I settled on a french earl gray and my mum choose the Bain de roses. The tea arrived promptly as did the high tea. A splendid selection of warm canapes and sandwiches, along with the classic scones. Varied with a pumpkin spice scone (that was truly to die for!) When my mum booked the reservation she opted out of the sweets for more ‘main dishes’, so I can’t comment on the dessert selections. The canapes included an aged cheddar and spice apple tart and a mushroom Yorkshire pudding. The sandwiches; tomato and goat cheese on pumpernickel and the classic egg salad. Also on hand; strawberry preserve, whipped butter and Devon cream. Truly a classic high tea!
As we started to take our first bites the enticing windows called us to view the snow starting to fall, light flakes that were almost rain. The wind started to whip and the trees began to dance. The garden barren from winter months and the pond’s fountains froze in time. You were embraced like a warm hug by the whole experience. Even though the 1 o’clock seating was busy, you hardly heard a voice. The endless amount of tea and the perfect amount of food engulfed you in a place that was cosy and blissful.
Having had high tea in England, I was blown away with the experience this weekend. There was no detail left out. Everything was utterly perfect. The linens pressed, the cutlery shining, the lights dimmed and the staff thoroughly groomed to offer impeccable service. There is nothing I can fault with our seating. I cannot wait to return this summer, the grounds will be alive with flowers and the ponds will once again be flowing. This English Country House is a complete ten out of ten. Beyond expectation and exceeding prediction. High tea at its entire best.