Afternoon tea, The Bull’s Head, Chislehurst

Ambiance

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The Bull’s Head has recently undergone a major refurbishment. Their once dark red wood boothed restaurant to the rear of the building has been turned in to a beautiful, light open space complete with orangery serving afternoon teas and Sunday roasts. The main bar area has also been given a make over with miss matched shabby chic chairs and walls donning black and white postcards. It all adds up to a lovely relaxing cosy yet large space that’s extremely family and child friendly.

Service

We visited with two toddlers in tow (what were we thinking?!) and was greeted by a very friendly waitress who had kindly set out two high chairs in preparation for us. Our waiter was very helpful and accommodating when we asked to move our food outside to the garden to enjoy the sunshine and let the children play halfway through our tea.

Food

Afternoon tea is served daily from 2-5pm and there are a choice of three; ‘traditional’ (with loose leaf teas or coffee), ‘decadent’ (with Champagne) and ‘unusual’ – which we chose as it’s served with a Hendrick’s Gin Floridita Tea Cup cocktail (it helped with the toddlers!). The afternoon tea comprised a bottom tier of fresh thick cut artisan bread finger sandwiches – ours comprised salmon and cream cheese, coronation chicken, ham and mustard, cheese and pickle and egg mayonnaise. The second teir was packed with miniature eclairs (one chocolate and once coffee), an almond syrup sponge with icing, delicate pastry cups filled with creme anglaise and mixed berries, tiny macaroons, lemon ovals and squares of blackcurrant sponge jellies. The top tier held a generous pot of clotted cream and mini jars of cherry and strawberry jam to accompany the plate of warm raisin and plain homemade scones.

Child facilities checklist: 

Highchairs – YES

Baby changing facilities – YES

Car park – YES

Garden – YES (although not much open space as tables and chairs fill the majority of the grassed area)

Childrens play area – NO

Drink

We started with a freshly squeezed orange juice and the Hendrick’s Gin Floridita Tea Cup cocktail that came with our afternoon tea was served from a large teapot filled with ice and a side of fresh raspberries and slices of cucumber. The well stocked bar in the pub also serves craft beers and has an extensive and good wine list plus any spirit you could desire.

My overview

The perfect place for ‘Mum’s who lunch’ to kick back and enjoy tea, cake and a cheeky cocktail.

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