You guys may remember that a few weeks ago my mum and I went along to see The Addams Family Musical at The Theatre Royal in Nottingham. Well, before the show we actually popped into a little place called The Pudding Pantry for afternoon tea. And we enjoyed it so much that today I thought I’d review it here on my blog in case you guys are ever on the lookout for somewhere nice to enjoy a bite to eat while you’re out and about in the city.
The Pudding Pantry can be found at 27/29 Trinity Square, Nottingham, and afternoon tea is served from 2 pm till 4:30 pm daily (5:30 pm on a Saturday). You do need to book at least 24 hours in advance and pay a £5.00 deposit per person. This is so they can cater for any dietary requirements you may have, and because everything is freshly made on the premises. And trust me, it’s delicious!
Our table was booked for 4:30 pm, and we only just made it in time as our bus journey took almost double the amount of time to get into Nottingham city centre than usual that day! Luckily, The Pudding Pantry was really easy to find, so we didn’t waste any more time and miss our reservation completely!
From the outside, The Pudding Pantry looks fantastic. You can’t miss it when you’re walking past as it has big glass windows where you can see straight inside. And it looks so inviting that you can’t help but want to go in and see what they have to offer.
Inside The Pudding Pantry, the decor is really lovely. It’s decorated in pastel tones and has real ‘country kitchen’ type of feel to it. There is plenty of room for people to sit and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a slice of cake, and as soon as we walked through the door we were made to feel welcome by all the staff who were working that day. It makes a nice change to be greeted by a friendly face these days!
Upon arrival, mum and I were shown to a table for two beside the window. It was the only table in the room with a table cloth on, which I’m guessing was because we were there for afternoon tea. I loved that it was all ‘dressed up’ for the occasion, and thought the little finishing touches like having a reserved sign and cups and saucers on the table ready for us were fab. Oh, and how cute do the mason jars with the sugar cubes in look?!
The waitress gave us a drinks menu to peruse so we could choose the type of tea we would like to drink during our visit, and I was surprised at how big a selection they had! There were things like Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Peppermint, Oolong and Mixed Berry, to name just a few.
My mum isn’t really a big tea drinker, so she was pleased to see that you could upgrade your drink to a coffee for an additional charge of just 50p. Again, there was a large selection of different coffees to choose from, and she decided to go for a Latte.
I, on the other hand, love a good cup of tea. And I opted for an individual pot of Earl Grey loose leaf tea. I’m a big fan of Earl Grey but don’t drink it very often. I was pleased to see that The Pudding Pantry source their tea and coffee locally as well. I really love to see local businesses helping each other out. So that gets a big thumbs up from me!
When the Latte arrived it almost looked too good to drink! I love how they popped a little heart in the foam on the top. And I know I always say this when I eat or drink out at different places, but it really is the little things like this that you tend to remember when you leave.
Shortly after the drinks arrived, the rest of the afternoon tea was served. It came on a traditional three tiered stand, with a selection of sandwiches on the bottom tier, petit fours on the middle tier, and mini vanilla scones, jam, and cream on the top tier. Everything looked delicious and we couldn’t wait to tuck in!
There were four different types of sandwiches for us to try on the day we visited: Ham with Bramley Mustard, Turkey, Tomato and Mozzarella, Satay Sliced Vegetable, and Roasted Halloumi, Aubergine and Romesco. And boy, were they delicious! I think we managed to devour most of them between the two of us.
My favourites had to be the Ham with Bramley Mustard, which surprised me because I’m not usually a fan of apple based sauces, and the Turkey, Tomato and Mozzarella. But in all honesty, they were all delicious.
I have to say, the Earl Grey went down a treat as well. I wish I’d taken a picture of the teapot it was served in as it was just beautiful. It was a marble effect one, which I know you guys would have appreciated as much as I did, as anything marble is big news right now!
The petit fours didn’t disappoint either – they were every bit as delicious as they looked! Clockwise from the top, we had Oreo and Chocolate Cupcakes, Ginger and Peach Cheesecake, White Chocolate and Apple Blondies, and Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies. Again, we managed to eat most of the sweet treats between us, but we did take the cookies home for the kids as we were beginning to get full by this point and still hadn’t touched the scones!
I was blown away by how nice the little cakes were, and mum and I agreed that the Ginger and Peach Cheesecake was our favourite. It was lovely and creamy and had the perfect amount of ginger flavour to it. I wish I could get my hands on the recipe as I’d love to recreate it at home. That’s never going to happen though. The kids loved the Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies as well, and Oscar has declared them his new favourite biscuit. That’s high praise indeed.
And last but not least we moved on to the homemade vanilla scones, with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream. Now, I only managed to eat one as I was so full by this point, but they were lovely. I don’t think you can beat homemade scones and jam. What do you guys think?
When we visited The Pudding Pantry we had their classic afternoon tea, which is £15.95 per person, but here are actually 3 different options you can choose from:
- Classic Tea, which is the one that we had. This tea includes 2 mini scones, homemade jam & clotted cream, 4 individually designed cakes and sandwiches.
- High Tea, which includes 2 mini scones, homemade jam & clotted cream, 4 individually designed cakes and sandwiches, and a glass of bubbly Prosecco.
- Sweet Tea, which includes 2 mini scones, homemade jam & clotted cream, and 4 individually designed cakes.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of having afternoon tea at The Pudding Pantry. I thought it offered great value for money, and I most definitely didn’t leave feeling hungry. In fact, I don’t think I touched any other food for a good 24 hours after as I was so full (in a good way, of course). I’ll most definitely be going back to try out some of the desserts that they have on offer in the near future, as their entire menu sounds absolutely delicious. Why not click here and take a look for yourself?
Before I end this post I just want to say a massive thank you to the team for letting my mum and I come along and try out The Pudding Pantry’s afternoon tea. It was absolutely delicious.