When it comes to finding afternoon tea in Liverpool, this city spoils us. We have so many venues out there offering various takes on afternoon tea, from the traditional to the out of the box that it’s hard to choose which one to go for! This past weekend, I ticked another afternoon tea experience off my bucket list - Cuthbert’s Bakehouse.
Situated on Mount Pleasant, Cuthbert’s is minutes outside of the hustle and bustle of the Liverpool high street. After drooling over the menu for a couple of days, I finally decided to give their vegan afternoon tea a try. I've never had a fully vegan afternoon tea before and the offerings sounded delectable! My friends went for the Vegetarian New Yorker inspired afternoon tea - a combination of state side delights and traditional offerings. We pre-booked a few weeks in advance and eagerly awaited our experience.
I've walked past Cuthbert’s I don't know how many times, and so many people have told me how amazing the cakes and treats are there, but I think with it being just outside of the main city centre, it's never been high on my radar. It's crazy how we're less likely to explore the places on our own doorstep! So to say I was looking forward to it is an understatement. Be careful when checking Cuthbert’s opening hours, as almost everywhere online says it's closed on Sundays (Google, Trip Advisor etc) but clicking onto their own homepage actually says they're open on Sundays during the Summer, 11am - 4pm. We booked in for 1pm, there was a large baby shower party in at the same time as us, easily 20+ women and the venue is pretty small. That being said we didn't feel on top of the larger group and had no problems getting food, drink top ups and the final bill - the poor girls working that day were run off their feet but they never stopped smiling and chatting to us which was lovely.
After being seated straight away, we were talked through how the afternoon tea would work, our drinks options and given menus to mooch through. With unlimited tea and filter coffee refills, I went for the tea. You can add a glass of wine, prosecco or bottled beer for an additional charge (they do have vegan beer options too). One thing that did surprise me was that I didn't just have to stick to the same tea, I could mix and match from the menu at no additional cost! I went for a delicate jasmine pearl loose leaf tea - and loved it so much I didn't switch it out to try anything else!
Before we knew it, our afternoon tea was before us, in all it's cream covered, precision cut and baked to perfection glory. For the vegan afternoon tea I had 2 white bread sandwiches, one with avocado and chilli jam, the other falafel and hummus. One pretty little tea cup contained a carrot and walnut slaw, the other a pomegranate and pumpkin quinoa salad. Last but not least, 2 bruschetta slices; one with avocado and chilli jam, the other hummus with peppers and mushroom. The slaw and quinoa salad were by far my favourites on the sandwich tier, they were bursting with flavour, I didn't want either to end (I'm going to try and recreate them at home!) and served in dainty little tea cups was just far too cute for me to handle! The sandwiches where OK but the bread was really dried out and bordering on stale, but with the weather being what it is, I'm not surprised or complaining. Avocado will always be a winner for me and topped with the sweet chilli jam was just perfection! I was stuffed before I even made it to the cakes!
But I was not leaving a crumb behind! For the cakes I had a Victoria sponge, carrot cake, chocolate orange cup cake and of course, the classic scone. The Victoria sponge wasn't great I'll be honest, the 'cream' was really grainy and the middle of the sponge tasted really bitter and almost off? Something just wasn't right with it, but the carrot cake more than made up for it - I'm not sure what it was topped with but it had the taste and consistency of marshmallow fluff and it was just divine! The chocolate orange cup cake was ridiculously rich and moorish, no sweet tooth would be left complaining! And what afternoon tea isn't complete without a scone? Nothing fancy to shout about but it was tasty and it just wouldn't be afternoon tea without one if you ask me!
The Vegetarian New Yorker looked amazing, and got a resounding thumbs ups from my friends. I didn't quite catch everything on there but they couldn't stop gushing about how great the wedges, halloumi, new york cheese cake and cannolis were! I would be up for giving this a try next! There was more than enough food to go round and if it wasn't for the hot weather I'd have been tempted to save some and take it home with me for later!
Cuthbert’s is such a quaint, lovely little place and I can see why everyone raves about them. They have some great offerings, extremely reasonable prices (£18 for the vegan, £21 for the veggie New Yorker) and the place overall has such a welcoming atmosphere! I really want to go back and try some of their other lunch options and oh, there were so many cake choices behind the counter I could be there all day trying to decide which to try next!
What's your favourite kind of afternoon tea? Traditional or something a little different?
Until next time,