I went back to the Edgbaston Boutique Hotel in Birmingham while transiting from Derbyshire (second home) to London. It’s even better than before 🙂
Article updated on August 2019 (spring afternoon tea)
The Setting ★★★★☆
The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel is located in an 1847 building which was entirely renovated in the art-déco style.
There are three cocktail lounges with plenty of cosy seating areas.
The black and gold tones of the hotel’s interior may not please everyone, but I found that the decoration was tastefully done.
Afternoon tea is not served in the courtyard but you may go to check it out regardless, and perhaps grab a cocktail or a glass of champagne.
The Tea & Beverage Selection ★★★★★
The JING Teas ★★★★☆
The organic JING tea selection is rather limited with 7 teas on offer, but the tea is brewed expertly. I strongly recommend the hotel blend: “The Edgbaston Signature Tea”, a Vanilla black Assam tea; as well as the “Lemon Verbena”, a refreshing fruity blend. If you fancy a refreshing drink, I suggest the Lemon Verbena iced tea, perfect for this crazy hot summer.
Each guest can only choose one type of tea (teapots can be refilled twice) so it’s better to order one kind of tea/iced tea per person, for sharing purposes. Ordering a different and additional tea costs an extra £3 (a steal!), but the staff will be very accommodating if the drink isn’t to your liking.
Classic teas offer 8 teas; Mocktail offer: 2 iced teas
Brewing method: At the table; in a metal teapot
1 hot beverage per afternoon tea; £3 per extra teapot
The Moseley Cocktails ★★★★★
Guests can also choose from several “Moseley Serve” alcoholic cocktails, served in a giant teacup. This is a tradition dating back to the early 1900s, where ladies would sip gin from teacups in from of their unsuspecting husbands
I tried the “Summer Gin Fizz”: Tanqueray Gin, Sacred Rosehip Cup, Strawberry Liqueur, Fresh Lemon, Cucumber & Ginger Ale; which I highly recommend.
Cocktail offer: 4 Moseley Serve cocktails
The Amuse Bouche & Savouries ★★★★☆
The afternoon tea starts with five Sandwiches, which I’d call revisited classics:
- Mango sorbet, Puffed rice & Paprika Bubbles on dry ice ♥
- Thaï chicken, red & green peppers in a mixed seeded bread
The other savouries are very satisfying and renewed on a seasonal basis.
The Scones ★★★★★
The scones are brought on a separate tray after everyone has had their savouries and each guest gets ones plain and one fruit scone. This way, the freshly baked scones can be eaten immediately after being brought from the kitchen. It’s so simple it’s brilliant and I wish every venue would proceed in the same way.
The clotted cream and jam toppings are tasty and brought in a sealed pot for extra freshness. There are no food refills but you can pay £5 for an extra serving of scones.
The Cakes & Sweets ★★★★☆
The Edgbaston afternoon tea cakes are seasonal as well so the selection will have changed by the time I publish this update. Yes, they are as tasty and as they are aesthetically pleasing 😉
The Service ★★★★★
If the food is too much for you, a fantastic looking doggy-bag (e.g. Swan-shaped) will be made out of aluminium. For once, you may bring leftovers back home in style!
The reservations team is very responsive, I recommend booking ahead on weekends as the hotel is quite popular. Below is a video detailing the contents of the Spring Afternoon Tea:
Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★★★★
The Edgbaston hotel afternoon tea is the best one I have tried in the Birmingham area so far, whether it’s their 2016 Festive afternoon tea or the 2019 Spring afternoon tea.
The price is right, the service team is brilliant, and the food and beverages quality is beyond reproach!
+: The art-déco setting
+: The Signature blend
+: The Moseley cocktails & Ices tea mocktails
+: The Delicious food
+: Excellent service
+: Price/performance ratio
-: Only 8 teas to choose from
-: Afternoon tea is not served outside
To read the 2017 Edgbaston Birmingham Festive Afternoon Tea review, click here: