Afternoon tea was complimentary.
A sunny afternoon, another great northern city and a reason to explore. The perfect equation. Winding through the beautiful architecture of York, amongst the historic buildings and old favourites is Hotel du Vin. A quintessential English hotel, with a courtyard folding inwards from the main road.
Alongside accommodation and menus fulfilling Sunday roasts, you'll find the Hotel du Vin afternoon tea offering. Choose from their regular menu, or the unlimited champagne option, delivering a treat on any day, whichever the choice.
We were greeted with the full menu, giving us a teaser of what was to come and outlining the finer details. Moments after we were seated, our glasses were filled with bubbles and the afternoon tea experience unfolded.
Gracing the table, came two tiers of afternoon tea treats, with a side of scones.
For the savouries, something out of the ordinary, instead of your usual trio of crust-less sandwiches we were treated to savoury stuffed croissants and my favourite, the tomato and tapenade galette. The classics were still there, but with a Hotel du Vin twist - smoked salmon topping crispy rye bread, egg and cress mayo in a brioche sub and another highlight, the goat's cheese and spinach quiche.
As is customary with afternoon tea, each savoury was bite size, deliciously washed down with champagne. The team made sure to keep us topped up with fresh bubbles throughout our meal, pairing perfectly with fresh scones, layered with jam and cream (I'm a cream first kinda gal, in case you were wondering).
We had our tea served inbetween sweet and savoury, a pot each from the Bird and Blend Tea Co selection. For me, the mojitea; for Matt's first afternoon tea experience, the fruit salad. There was a gingerbread chai which would have been perfect for a rainy day, or the classic Great British cuppa - because it's not essential to put a twist on everything.
Onto the sweets, the final tier. Another layer of minis, with my favourite being the rhubarb and custard tart. The rest consisted of a deliciously light tutti frutti macaron, a pistachio pin wheel and a richer black forest gateau.
With our glasses suitably topped up, we stayed to finish our bubbles before heading out into York for a quick afternoon exploration, before heading back to Leeds.
We were treated to a complimentary experience at Hotel du Vin, but for all the treats above, including unlimited champagne, it's only £30. Or, if you're going alcohol free, you can have the savouries, scones, sweets and tea for £22.50 - for a four star afternoon tea in York, that's a pretty great deal.
One to add to your list for things to do in York and one I'll definitely be ticking off again in the future.