Food: Time for a Tea Party
Popping coconut snowballs, giant jelly babies. . . The new tea menu at Barrow’s Weeping Willow is straight out of Alice’s Wonderland.
Just launched, there are three options to choose from. The classic Cream Tea (£8) includes a fruit scone with clotted cream and jam, a cheese scone with fig and apple chutney, and a pot of TeaPigs; the selection spans traditional Everyday and Earl Grey through to Chai, Apple & Cinnamon, Lemon & Ginger and Mao Feng Green.
The Willow Tea (£12) is the same as the Cream Tea, plus a tier of snowballs, jelly babies, marshmallows, pate de fruit and raspberry pavlova. And finally - pulling out all culinary stops - the Full Afternoon Tea (£20) is the same as the Willow, plus a tier of open sandwiches: cured dill salmon, roast beef and caramelised shallot, duck egg and land cress mayonnaise and avocado and sun-blushed tomato.
For extra sparkle, you can add a glass of prosecco (£5) or gin and tonic (£8); the gin selection, which includes Boe Violet, Chase Marmalade and Keeper Honey, is tailored to the tea. We can’t wait to try it.
Part of The Chestnut Group, The Weeping Willow is at Bury Road, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5AB. Tea is served noon to 5pm, Monday to Friday. For more information and to book, visit theweepingwillow.co.uk or call (01284) 771881.