Secret diner column: Perfect place to enjoy good old fashioned afternoon tea

Jubilees Vintage Tea Rooms, Hessle.
Jubilees Vintage Tea Rooms, Hessle.

Birthday time again and this year a trip out to pastures new … Hessle.

I know it is a little out of our comfort zone but bear with it, because this trip out was definitely well worth the petrol money.

The venue for our birthday treat was called Jubilees Vintage Tea Rooms and it most certainly lived up to it’s name.

Anything and everything Royal or 1940s is celebrated here. It’s a style the owners like to call ‘Royal English’. The walls are adorned with newspaper cuttings from the era, the furniture is period, there is bunting adorning every surface along with vintage ornaments and quirky little knick knacks. The staff are dressed in 1940s style clothing complete with patterned pinnies. It is heavenly.

When we had stopped goggling at our surroundings, and our 1940s style waitress had shown us to our pre-booked table we looked at the menu. We had already decided that there was only one meal suitable to enjoy in such an establishment – good old fashioned quintessentially English afternoon tea.

There were three to choose from, the Queen Victoria, which consisted of a choice of four sandwiches on white or brown bread, a sultana scone with jam and cream and a pot of tea £9.95,

The Kensington Palace which was the same as the Queen Victoria plus a choice of cake from the ‘Sweet Tooth’ menu £11.95, and the Diamond Jubilee Luxury which had a choice of two cakes plus a glass of Champagne £25.95.

We plumped for the Kensington and chose egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon and Cream Cheese, prawns in Marie sauce and Cheddar cheese and chutney.

Our cake selection was carrot cake, vintage cupcake, lemon, lime and pecan and lemon drizzle cake. Our food came on the traditional three tiered cake stand and our crockery was mis-matched vintage bone china.

It was a lovely meal, the bread was lovely and soft and the fillings just right. The scones were still warm to the touch, although we did have to ask for butter as well as jam and cream, the holy trinity of scone enjoyment!

The cakes were delicious, and we asked for a second pot of tea to finish the afternoon off, we were asked if we would like a refill or a fresh pot, we opted for the latter which was £5.95.

Light lunches are also served, and there is a children’s menu, they also have events such as film nights and craft sessions as well as a Bake Off night, the website is well worth a look.

The setting may have been entirely 1940s but the food certainly was not, it was perfectly lovely. A visit to the facilities (it’s indoors don’t worry) revealed it to be spotless. We give Jubilee’s Vintage Tea Rooms 9/10.

More than a meal out, it’s an experience too. We all enjoyed our afternoon tea, but we felt our waitresses could have been a little more attentive although they could have been busy black leading the grate or brillo-ing the Anderson shelter, there was a war on after all.

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