Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Afternoon Tea at Bill's

The prospect of afternoon tea has always been something that I've absolutely loved. Quintessentially British, there's nothing I like more than sitting down to a pot of tea and delicious slice of cake in the afternoon. If I could do it every day I would, but I think I would be the size of a house. For a belated Mother's Day treat, I took my Mum to Bill's in Chichester with the promise of tea, finger sandwiches, and cake. We were soon lost in chatter and making yummy noises!

Tucked away in the town's butter market, Bill's is one of the most laid back restaurants I think I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Its main area is located upstairs, and is spaciously decorated with a very lived-in style. It was just my thing. I have to say that the staff were so lovely and attentive too. I'm really glad I didn't book a table for last Sunday because apparently the place was heaving, what with it being Mother's Day. Luckily on a Tuesday afternoon it was pretty quiet, and therefore the atmosphere was so much more relaxed. There's nothing I hate more than dining in a busy restaurant, being rushed through the meal and then practically pushed out the door. Well nothing of the sort here.

We grabbed an empty booth after being told that we basically had the run of the restaurant, and provided the staff with our tea order. We decided on the Breakfast Tea, which was really delicious and not too strong-tasting (I like mine quite milky, sorry not sorry). What's great is that they have plenty of other tea options for you to choose from including peppermint, camomile, spiced chai, fresh mint, and green tea.

Presented with a tall cake stand almost gave me giddy feelings, and I'm sure it wasn't just because I hadn't eaten since breakfast. It made afternoon tea feel so proper! From finger sandwiches to scones, we really were spoilt for choice. But you can bet that we scoffed them all between us! We decided to work our way up, starting with the finger sandwiches, which were scrumptious. Classic cucumber and cream cheese; egg mayonnaise; tomato, ham and English mustard; and smoked salmon - each morsel was worth it! 

Next, we shared a cranberry and pumpkin seed flapjack, a slice of chocolate fudge cake, a mini lemon meringue pie, and a mini strawberry cheesecake. Oh my goodness, I can't rate them enough. Everything tasted so good! The triumph of the tea had to be the warm fruit scones with homemade strawberry jam and clotted devonshire cream. Talk about indulgent! Now, I'm a jam-then-cream girl. I'm not sure whether that's Devon or Cornwall style but nothing will change the way I choose to demolish my scones! Is there a proper way to eat them? I'm not sure, how do you guys eat them?

Bill's also have a fabulous service in the form of grocery shopping. If you're dining upstairs, there's an order menu which you can tick off whether you would like any treats to take home with you. They gather the goodies from the old school sweet shop downstairs while you eat, and add it onto your bill at the end. I couldn't leave without buying a bottle of their pink lemonade and some jelly babies - I'm such a sucker. I bought my Mum a jar of plum, pear and apple jam (was so tempted to buy the strawberry jam as well after tasting some!) and I bought some toffee cookies for my Dad.

All in all, it was a lovely afternoon out and my Mum really enjoyed herself which was the main thing. I also chauffeured her around in my car for once so she basically didn't have to do anything but relax and have a good time. The afternoon tea was £9.95 per person, and Bill's even offer a champagne afternoon tea at only £12.95 per person, which is a pretty great deal if you ask me!

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  1. I love Bills! looks like you had a lovely time!

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    1. It was so good! I definitely want to go there for breakfast! Xx

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  2. ooo everything looks delicious! :)

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    1. Oh it was so nice! I'd recommend popping down to your nearest Bill's and experiencing it yourself! Xx

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  4. Hi Katie! Dropping by from Twitter - thanks for sharing your link!
    I'm definitely a jam then cream kinda lass - and the more clotted cream the better. Hate it when people scrimp you out of the stuff (I could eat a tub on its own tbh).
    I used to walk past the 'Bill's' in Brighton quite a lot when we still lived in Brighton and I had no idea they did afternoon tea's! Luckily, where I live now has a tea room around the corner though ;0)
    Such a good deal on the pricing too- that's similar to price up here in the north!
    Glad your mum enjoyed herself too and you were able to take some goodies away :0)
    I want some scones now :0( haha!
    xo

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    1. Hi Amy, thanks for having a look! Yes, I totally agree! I am such a fan of afternoon tea now - well, I was before but more so after visiting Bill's. I wish I could have one every day but I think I'd be the size of a house by now haha! Xx

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