|Afternoon tea at the Thistle Hotel, Brighton|
We stayed local and headed to the Thistle hotel, which was incidentally where my Sister threw my Mum's surprise 60th party last year.
First we headed to the steam room for a while before heading to the sauna. It's probably a good time for me to mention that I never, ever.... ever? go on these sorts of days out or do this generally of my own volition, but I always really enjoy it when I do. I could've easily spent a few hours more dipping in and out of the steam and sauna before completing far more laps than I did.
I was incredibly self conscious about wearing my (maternity!) swimming costume for the first time since having Ophelia, but it's really interesting how much my insecurities have changed since having Ophelia. Whilst I do feel insecure about the way I look, it doesn't generally prevent me from doing things anyway. Whereas in the past, I would've let it get to me so much I would've probably made an excuse and hidden away in the comfort of my bed.
After, we headed upstairs for some sandwiches and cake. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's not up there with Sketch or The Ritz, but for my first ever (crazy, I know!) afternoon tea experience; I think it was a good intro!
I was in fact, very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the foods; fruit scones with real clotted cream and jam, a variety of fruity and chocolate sweet treats and a variety of (of course), crustless sandwiches. Whilst there was not doggie bag refills of the food, there was endless pots of tea or coffee. On this occasion, a classic filter coffee was sufficient.
Its definitely given me the taste of afternoon tea, and next on my to do list is either Sketch or the charlie and the chocolate factory themed tea.
Do you like afternoon tea? Where was your favourite?