Review: Afternoon Tea at Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

On a warm Saturday afternoon in September I met up with fellow foodie, Chris from Eating Exeter, for an afternoon tea. We were invited for a joint review of The Southgate Hotel in Exeter, and it was a great chance to have a proper natter over some delicious tea, treats and Prosecco!

This was not your ordinary afternoon tea featuring boring scones and jam though!  I was amazed at the great selection that was enough to satisfy both the sweet and savoury tooth.

I am not normally a fan of scotch eggs or pork pies.  Mainly because I have only tried cheap, cold, plain ones from the supermarket. These were freshly baked and still warm, and appeared to be home made.  Perfect, flaky pastry with a delicious filling and soft scotch eggs with piccalilli on the side! A perfect start!

The open topped sandwiches were divine! Smoked salmon and cream cheese plus roast beef with a horseradish cream.

There is something quite special about a warm scone with cold cream and jam!  These certainly didn't disappoint!  Light and fluffy scones that should only be served the Devonshire way...(cream then jam).

The cakes were certainly very special. Chocolate brownies, coffee and chocolate cake and vanilla cheesecake. The brownies were possibly the nicest I have tasted (and I have tasted a lot!).

It was a perfect few hours grazing on delicious treats, in a lovely central setting with great company!

Food ***** Service ***** Atmosphere *****

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