A luxury Cumbrian hotel is adding an innovative twist to a classic British afternoon pastime.
Guests at the Waterhead Boutique Hotel & Dining in Ambleside can now enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference, thanks to a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones, all infused with Gin and Tonic flavours and ingredients.
The hotel, which is owned by English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, has designed its new Gin & Tonic afternoon tea menu with creative ideas from head chef Adam Graham.
Several local and national gins have been used in perfecting the new afternoon tea menu, which can start with a Lakes Gin cured salmon and cream cheese bagel and finish with a Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin chocolate éclair.
The hotel’s warm homemade fruit scones include Brockmans Gin infused strawberry jam and clotted cream, whilst the lemon drizzle cake is frosted with Sipsmith Gin & Fever-Tree Tonic icing. Chocolate dipped lavender shortbread and thyme and rosemary sausage rolls also use some of the key botanical flavours of premium gins.
“Our guests’ tastes for different types of gin have widened over the years, and so too has our gin library,” explains Waterhead Boutique Hotel & Dining Manager Anthony Sutcliffe.
“We now offer some of the very best local and international gins, so the idea of marrying the traditional G&T with afternoon tea by infusing its flavours and botanical ingredients into the food seemed the perfect combination.
“The new afternoon tea is already a real talking point for guests. It can be enjoyed with a choice of one of our signature gin and tonics, a pot of loose leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee. It’s a great way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon catch up with friends and family.”
Waterhead Boutique Hotel & Dining in Ambleside is Lakeland’s only four-star contemporary town house hotel, combining the beautiful scenery of the new World Heritage Site with a luxury hotel stay.
With its prime position on the shores of Lake Windermere, the hotel is ideally located for exploring the lakes, walking the fells, taking to the water with Windermere Lake Cruises from their steamer pier opposite the hotel, or simply visiting the many local attractions in Ambleside and nearby towns and villages.