Grand Cafe is a beautiful restaurant based in one of Southampton's oldest buildings - South Western House. Built in 1872 South Western House was the most lavish hotel around, first class passengers who were boarding the Titanic stayed there, as did J Bruce Ismay - the controversial head of the White Star Line.... in fact if you look very closely in the film Titanic, you can see South Western Hotel in the background as the characters board the vessel! Now days this building holds apartments and the restaurant - Grand Cafe.
This Saturday the sun was shining as we wandered over to Grand Cafe. We were heading there for a spot of afternoon tea and a catch up with some family. As you enter the huge doorway you are greeted by high ceilings, sash windows and a colourful interior! We were seated at a round table and offered various types of tea - unfortunately I am not a lover of tea (I've been told many times this is weird!!) so I opted for a hot chocolate.
The sandwiches and sweets were all served together and we dug in! The sandwich fillings were: Pate, Salmon, Ham & Cream Cheese. For sweets we had Chocolate Brownies, Coconut Cheesecake, Scones with Cream and Jam of course, Lemon Sponge and also some 'Mint Choc Chip' Cupcakes... in all honestly these didn't get eaten - they tasted like toothpaste!!!
Once finished we were able to take anything we didn't eat (there wasn't a lot!) home - also great news for tea & coffee drinkers... that's unlimited!
For £14.50 this was a great afternoon out and I would definitely recommend it! It's in the City Centre so easy to get to, the atmosphere is lively but not in a TGI's way.. just perfect for giggling, gossiping girls!!!
I'm heading to Chewton Glen today for MORE Afternoon Tea... this is one of the
top spas in England so will report back to you all with how it goes!
|Such an Amazing Building|
Lavish Lights & Windows
|Entrance & Seating Area for Larger Parties|
|Beautiful lights above our table|
|Me & my Hot Chocolate!|
|Hollie (my sister) - Ashleigh|
|Ashleigh - Mum - Shannon|