Avista Restaurant

I went to Avista yesterday with my mum, to sample their afternoon tea. I’d heard good things, and tried their food before, but I’m a bit of an afternoon-tea fan, so mum and I headed down yesterday afternoon.

We turned up, and mum realised she had visited before (thank god she didn’t think it was rubbish!).

We were seated in a booth at the back of the restaurant, so we had a great view over the entire room – gotta love a bit of people watching!

The waitresses were so friendly – there were a few trainees, but they seemed to have slotted in just fine! THey brought us a glass of Moet….

‘Moet & Chandon – is that ok?’….er….OF COURSE THAT’S OK!

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They poured that from a brand new bottle, so it was perfectly bubbly, and deliciously cold! Then we chose from the teas… I went for Redbush (rooibus) – natural, no caffeine, and quite a gentle, calming flavour, and mum went for ‘Nutty Chocolate’ – a tea with hazlenut backnotes, made with cacao nibs. Both were delicious. I think mum was surprised at how much she liked hers!

Then the food came out…..wow…

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The sandwiches were exactly what you’d expect from a British Afternoon Tea – small finger sandwiches with the crust cut off (the Mediterranean veg one was great!), fresh scones (all plain, no raisins, thank you!), and a choice of little cakes – all decorated beautifully!

The scones came with a choice of berry compote or lemon curd – both went fantastically with the clotted cream. There was also no fuss when we asked for all plain scones, which is a nice touch.

The individual cakes – wow. One was a blackberry victoria sponge, another a chocolate mousse cake, adorned with a mini macaron and a chocolate disc, a strawberry and vanilla possett, an almond bakewell tart, and a red velvet cake. They were all lovely, but our favourite was definitely the chocolate mousse cake….we may have had seconds!

Mum made the sensible decision to save a couple of sandwiches to break up the sweetness – I think I might do the same next time.

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The funny thing I noticed, was that (apart from the staff), there was not one man enjoying afternoon tea – it was all groups of women…why is that!?

Anyway, if you’re in the area, you must check it out. Really lovely ambiance, great staff and delicious food!

Score – 4/5


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