Today we arrived at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, for a weekend stay. Our main item on the itinerary was to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of Wendy and Peter Pan, but earlier today we toured the town and visited Shakespeare’s Houses (read here).
Given time for a break after the tour, some of us decided to try Hobsons Patisseries, which according to their website is “Stratford-upon-Avon’s finest café and tea rooms”. The moment we walked in I smelled the delicious scent of pastries and chocolate – not bad for a first impression!
I was tempted to order the Afternoon Tea set: two scones (plain or ‘sultana’ aka w/ fruit) plus a pot of English Breakfast tea for £4.50. Then I saw the variety of chocolate cakes, and when someone ordered a hot chocolate I knew my decision had been made for me. I ended up choosing the Chocolate Brownie Torte – best decision ever!
The girls decided to try different cakes so we could all take a bite if we wanted, but Liz and Ashton were brave. Liz ended up ordering the Afternoon Tea set, and the tea was absolutely delicious – creamy even without the milk, and sweet enough not to need sugar (though I am all for a splash of cream and 1 sugar). Ashton ordered the giant scone, and was only able to finish half – I was impressed!
There were a lot of cakes and other pastries available, and I definitely plan on coming back to try at least one of them! The two that immediately grabbed my eye were the two ‘rustic’ cakes: Rustic Chocolate Medley, and Rustic Apple & Cinnamon Crunch. Although I might try either the giant scone or the Afternoon tea set…I guess I’ll just find out!
After the scrumptious afternoon tea time, we slowly walked back home to our bed and breakfast, which had amazingly soft beds (the beds back at Clifton Gardens are horrible), heavenly water pressure (and hot water), and unlimited internet (goodbye to 2500mb per week!).