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Hobsons Patisserie

So…

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).

Hobsons Patisseries

Hobsons Patisseries

Hobsons 'delicious cream teas'

Hobsons ‘delicious cream teas’

Hobsons 'rich hot chocolate'

Hobsons ‘rich hot chocolate’

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!

delicious pastries

delicious pastries

more cakes

more cakes

sandwiches and pies

sandwiches and pies

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!

Chocolate Brownie Torte

Chocolate Brownie Torte

my Chocolate Brownie Torte + cream

my Chocolate Brownie Torte + cream

my hot chocolate with "marshmallow, cream, flake"

my hot chocolate with “marshmallow, cream, flake”

Chocolate Brownie Torte + whipped cream + marshmallows = best combo ever!

Chocolate Brownie Torte + whipped cream + marshmallows = best combo 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!

Fatima's strawberry cheesecake + cream

Fatima’s strawberry cheesecake + cream

Sarah's cake

Sarah’s Irish Coffee cheesecake + cream

Notsile's cake + cream

Notsile’s Toffee Profiterole Crumble cheesecake + cream

Liz's Afternoon Tea - English breakfast with cream and sugar

Liz’s Afternoon Tea – English breakfast with cream and sugar

Liz's two scones + jam/butter

Liz’s two scones + jam/butter

Giant Scone with Jam & Cream

Giant Scone with Jam & Cream

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!

Rustic Chocolate Medley cake

Rustic Chocolate Medley cake

Rustic Apple & Cinnamon Crunch

Rustic Apple & Cinnamon Crunch

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!).

back home at Linhill

back home at Linhill

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