Welcome to my first review!
We recently visited the Park Plaza’s Laguna Restaurant and Bar for afternoon tea for a ‘not a baby shower, baby shower’. Just a small group of friends wanting to enjoy an afternoon before my close friend popped out a baby.
Some of my friends opted for the traditional afternoon tea, but as a regular to the Park Plaza, I wanted to try the Gentleman’s Tea (seeing as the new baby was a boy).
I was excited when our waiter delivered our slates and I could see the Yorkshire pudding, I thought I would save that till last. I normally remember to tell the waiter I don’t like salmon, so I traded my salmon blini for a scotch egg from my friend.
The slate consisted of a chorizo scotch egg with bloody Mary mayonnaise. Welsh sirloin with caramelised onions and sautéed mushrooms ciabatta. Smoked salmon blini with dill crème fraiche and caviar. Mini venison burger with juniper berry & redcurrant mayonnaise. A miniature prawn cocktail shot and roast beef in a Yorkshire pudding with horseradish.
Our dessert slate was delivered separately, the presentation was fabulous and was the perfect way to complete the meal. A duo of chocolate mousse in an espresso cup and a rum baba filled with Chantilly Cream & Raspberries.
There is a great range of teas available in the restaurant, but my friends and I always just go for English Breakfast tea. I always get a bit embarrassed asking for it as I know I should be a bit more adventurous!
The staff are always welcoming, but we were sometimes forgotten about , possibly as it was a busy weekend. We had to ask twice for more milk and for a jug of table water. The restaurant usually seems busy on a weekend and often has big groups for hen parties or birthdays. It is a lovely setting with a smart modern look and you can also sit on the veranda in the summer.
The Gentleman’s tea was a nice change to the usual afternoon tea and definitely worth a try. So try switching your finger sandwiches and scones for a Yorkshire pud and a mini venison burger!