So for the Queen’s birthday weekend we went along to Browns in Birmingham to celebrate in true British fashion with an afternoon tea. I love afternoon tea as it combines so many of things I like to eat: neat, little sandwiches (or in this case mini-rolls); scones with jam and cream; and a selection of yummy cake all washed down with plenty of tea. What’s not to like?
Browns in Birmingham is a mix of modern and old-fashioned with lots of wood and traditional tables set against industrial style ceiling ducting. I did find downstairs a bit noisy and I think this is because there are lots of hard surfaces for the sound to bounce off. Upstairs was quieter and if anything had better views of St.Martin’s Church and the Selfridges building (a real juxtaposition between new and old), although there were good views from downstairs too.
On our stand we had a selection of butter brioche rolls: smoked salmon with chive & lemon cream cheese, free range egg & baby watercress, and coronation chicken. These were delicious and were very soon gone. Next we had the jellies which were somewhat alcoholic, so H gave them a miss. After this we sampled the home-baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. These were still slightly warm and very fresh. Everyone loved these. The cake selection was salted caramel profiteroles, chocolate brownies and a lemon sponge cake. I was pleased that the brownies were also fresh from the oven. They were very, very rich. H found them a bit too rich. I loved the salted caramel profiteroles (always a favourite of mine). We all enjoyed the lemon cake which was light and airy, plus the lemon was what we needed to cut through the richness of the other cakes.
This was the first time H had ever been for afternoon tea and I think it’s something he could easily get used to. It’s the sort of meal that I think children enjoy because you get to try a bit of lots of things. Also because the various parts of the meal are quite small, it’s easier to persuade a child to try something new. Our afternoon tea was £12.50 a person which felt like good value. We had a late breakfast and the tea was our lunch and dinner combined. Only H needed a dinner time snack and the adults were fine as we still felt full. The service was good and I think we’ll be going back.