An Afternoon Tea experience at The Tamburlaine is a fabulous thing to do if you are in Cambridge for the day or weekend as it’s such a great British relaxing treat, With it’s reputation starting to soar in this just newly built hotel with to die for décor and wonderful hospitality and the Garden room is a spectacular location for our Afternoon Tea.
The hotel is on Station Road which is a short stroll from the city centre and a minute’s walk to the Railway Station. The neighbourhood is vibrant and lively and the nearby Botanic Gardens offer guests the chance to relax in 40 acres of greenery and tranquility. This gorgeous boutique hotel is Named after a great conqueror and ruler of Persia and central Asia in the Middle Ages.
The service throughout was impeccable, right from the sincere warm welcome whereby we were greeted and escorted to the lovely sofas by the bright and cheerful doorman, who took hold of all our many bags of Christmas shopping which I think he could see by our frazzled expressions was incredibly welcomed. We were a little early but the staff approached our table cheerfully and chatty, and gave us time to get settled and provided a much needed glass of water.
Our incredibly knowledgeable and passionate waitress Carina presented us with a beautiful menu of Ten types of Rare Tea Company’s Loose Leaf Teas to choose from, and pots beside each one so you could smell the flavours. We savoured over this for some time, tea choice takes time, mum chose Strawberry and Mango, where as I opted for the traditional Early Grey . These were served into delicate pink and gold-trimmed china from a pretty Silver & Clear tea infuser, which at this point now sat with our beautiful pots of tea we can really take in the wonderful décor which is filled with lush foliage and decorated in a colonial style, I fell in love with the beautiful Marble tables and sumptuous midnight blue velvet sofas and pretty pink Velvet chairs. Then you take in the stunning wall paper and lighting. We did get the giggles at one point as we were trying to work out where the location was supposed to be and Carina did then inform us it’s a plantation in Africa, I couldn’t for some reason remember the word Llama so instead I opted for the description of “A camel without the hump” Thankfully we were then interrupted by Carrina who then brought over our lovely Prosecco . It wasn’t long before the tiered sandwich and cake stand arrived, complete with three different types of crust-less sandwiches, everything for this afternoon tea was Christmas themed. We had Christmas Turkey and cranberry sandwiches, Mince Pies, and the most amazingly fresh Homemade Scones, Devonshire Clotted Cream, Strawberry Preserve and the Christmas Macrons was delish. Mum and I polished off them all and loved and savoured every minute.
One always has to visit the ladies room after all the fabulous tea, well the toilet décor and touches is just utterly fabulous, from the brilliant cedar doors, and toilet, mixed with Zesty tropical print wall paper and a gentle Mustard yellow tiles, and the white company Noir handwash and lotion which if you have not tried before smells gorgeous like cotton crossed with fig! All I can say it is a very glamorous and exotic bathroom, that creates huge décor goals!
We then went into the Brassiere and sat In the bar area to sample a cocktail, well it was Christmas and would be rude not too! I had a delicious Negroni and mum had a lovely mojito.
The décor in here was so luxe but relaxing, the bar was so striking and I just fell in love with it, with all its beautiful Marble and gold creating an effective strong contrast with the oak Chevron flooring, and tan leather seating. We had the friendly Abbey take care of us, it was a charming atmosphere.
Our overall experience at The Tamburlaine, was full of wonderful experiences impeccable service, beautiful contempary surroundings and attention to detail making the whole experience absolutely faultless and a real treasure.
Sparkling Afternoon tea at the Tamburlaine is £29.00 per person, and their traditional Afternoon tea is just £21.50 which I think is fabulous! Have you ever been to the Tamburlaine or Cambridge?