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An Afternoon Tea at Bill's

6 Jul 2014
My family adores Bill's, the yummy, slightly healthier than usual, restaurant which originated in the little town of Lewes, near to Brighton. We love the atmosphere and we love the delicious lunch and dinner they serve, but we have never actually branched out from those two mealtimes. So after many trips to Bill's in Guildford resulting in my Mum eyeing up the neighbours Afternoon Tea, I decided to treat my Mum for her birthday this year. 

It worked out well for both of us really because I've never had a proper Afternoon Tea, so I was really eager to try it!



We started off with a very large pot of tea, and some tasty finger sandwiches from the bottom tier of the lovely cake stand brought to us.


There was ham and mustard, salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and cucumber (my personal favourite.)


On the second tier we had an incredible, indulgent chocolate fudge cake, a healthy granola type treat, a lemon tart with marshmallow topping (yum), and a refreshing strawberry tart. The chocolate fudge cake was definitely my favourite, but the lemon tart was surprisingly delicious as well!


I'm sure I must've had about seven cups of tea from this pot!




To finish it all off, we had a scone with clotted cream and jam each - yum!


Here's a quick look at what you might be surrounded by if you take a trip to Bill's. It's also a Delicatessen, so everywhere you look you see more and more beautifully presented food. They're tasty but also pretty pricey, so we haven't tried out as many products as we'd like to.


Overall I was really happy with the Afternoon Tea served to us at Bill's. There was great service as usual, we were seated in the lovely, slightly outdoors section of the Guildford Branch, and the food and tea was all delicious. It has definitely made me want to try out some more places for Afternoon Tea, particularly hotels as I've heard they often give you a very big selection of cakes!

Have you ever been for Afternoon Tea? If so, then where is your favourite place to go? And do you prefer hotels, or restaurants? I'd love to hear anyone's input in the comments!

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8 comments on "An Afternoon Tea at Bill's"
  1. So so happy you blogged this, ever since I spotted a leaflet in Bills advertising their afternoon tea I've been curious and you're the first person I know who's tried it. Unfortunately we don't have a Bills yet in the North East (fingers tightly crossed we get one soon) so I don't get to go very often anymore. I've been for brunch and dessert before but need to branch out and try some other food!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. Your blog posts were the reason I had the idea in the first place! So thank you for that :) Ah it's so annoying that they don't have any up North, but I'm sure they will branch out soon, it's only become so big in the past few years anyway!

      Imogen x

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  2. I love love love the idea of afternoon tea but in reality I never actually like many/any of the sandwiches (too fussy for my own good!) haha although scones and cakes are obviously a highlight! I really want to try one of the cool themed ones in some of the London hotels, the Sanderson had a Mad Hatter's one that looked amazing!

    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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    1. I actually know exactly what you mean, I didn't mention that I don't like Salmon or Mustard or Egg sandwiches usually! The Ham and Mustard I actually had though because I thought if anyone can make mustard slightly more bearable, it'll be Bill's! I reckon it's worth it anyway though! Oh wow that sounds so incredible, I bet it costs a small fortune though!

      Imogen x

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  3. I'm looking forward to trying Bills next time I'm somewhere near one - I keep hearing really good things! I adore afternoon tea! My favourite place to go is Betty's in Harrogate (in fact, I love it so much a wrote a whole blog post about it!!). It's so elegant and traditional. It's a bit of an institution here in Yorkshire! Well worth a visit if you like afternoon tea and you're in the area!
    Lydia
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    (www.lovedbylydia.co.uk)

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    1. It was so yummy, the main meals are absolutely delicious as well! Oh wow, i'll have a look! I love Betty's too but I think I've only been once or twice which is such a shame since I have family in Harrogate!

      Imogen x

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  4. Look likes a really lovely place. I'm on a bit of a clotted cream kick at the moment :)

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  5. My my! I've been meaning to go to bills for ageeeeees now! Those scones and that granola thing look lovely. I am such a sucker for anything scone and cream related. Anything. Team afternoon tea!! They have a branch so near to me in King's cross that I have been itching to visit for ages now. I think you have given me the final incentive! Tash x x x

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