Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol.

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Last weekend, we were invited out of She & Hem towers to sample the new afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin in the heart of Bristol. We’re happy to announce that it was, in the words of Mary Berry, absolutely scrumptious. Served daily from 12pm to 6pm, Hotel Du Vin have added their own spin to the traditional afternoon tea, by combining standard savories such as salmon sandwiches and sumptuous scones, with more unusual treats in the form of chocolate tea cakes and candy floss. Yes, you heard correctly, sugary sweet candy floss as part of an afternoon tea. What a treat! We had a lovely few hours devouring the two courses, admiring the gorgeous hotel and even making new blogger friends (Hi New Mum OnlinePurple Ella and Forget Me Knit!). What a perfect Sunday!

Jo and I (Victoria) have both previously had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Du Vin, and after attending this event, we are both lusting after a return visit. A former Sugar House with contemporary loft style bedrooms and exposed brickwork, it’s definitely one of the most luxurious hotels in Bristol. In fact, the hotel’s restaurant is so inviting that when my husband and I stayed over recently for my birthday, we decided to eat in the hotel, something we rarely ever do.

Unfortunately, neither myself nor Jo were able to partake in the cocktail tasting this time around (damn babies!), so we’re itching to go back in a few months time to try the new drinks menu, all created especially for the hotel by the Bristol staff. Don’t feel too sorry for us though, as the ever accommodating Hotel Du Vin were more than happy to whizz up some iced coffee’s just for us! Turns out this pregnancy thing does have it’s perks.

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Thank you for having us Hotel Du Vin, we hope to see you again very soon!

V&J

 

Dreaming My Life Away at Bovey Castle

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and HemDuring a (slightly soggy) weekend away in Devon, I popped along to the beautiful Bovey Castle for a delicious afternoon tea in front of their roaring fire, which soon warmed my cockles! It was the perfect opportunity to wear this incredible and slightly Twin Peaks-esque embroidered ‘Dreaming My Life Away’ dress from Rivers and Roads*. It has all of the features I love in a dress; a flared skirt, sleeving and a distinctive print, as well as managing to stay comfortable whilst looking swish enough to wear on a sophisticated jolly in Dartmoor!

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

To dress it up ever so slightly I wore my black New Look cut out block heels, which I hurried back to New Look to purchase after wearing the silver version to the Company Awards last month, as they were exceptionally comfortable. I accessorised my look with a heavy downpour, a glass of fizz and a belly full of cake!

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Whisky anyone?

Victoria