REVIEW: The Vicarage in Holmes Chapel - A Delightful Afternoon Tea
|The Vicarage, Holmes Chapel|
Set in the small village of Holmes Chapel, best known for it's former resident, One Direction's Harry Styles, The Vicarage is a Grade II listed building set on the outskirts of the village. Bought by brothers Oliver and Dominic, the once derelict space has been turned into a cosy, country themed pub, restaurant and hotel with an impressive bar and fireplace that was salvaged from a church in France and lovingly restored, acting as the centre pieces.
|The Vicarage, Holmes Chapel|
|A quiet space to relax|
I arrived early so as to explore the restaurant by myself first. What I found were plenty of nooks and crannies to squirrel yourself away in if it's a quiet drink or meal you're after. I particularly loved the area near the back of the restaurant near the wine cellar. Thanks to a glass bottom floor you can see right through to the cellar below, fantastic for wine lovers and I'm sure if you asked nicely they'd give you a tour.
Glass-bottomed floor down to the wine cellar
There's very much a country theme that runs throughout the main area of the restaurant with walls adored with polo helmets, mallets and paintings of horse racing and country sports. The low beams give the rooms a cosy, intimate feel and I can imagine on a cold evening with the fire roaring this would be the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a cider or too and hearty meal.
The Vicarage I discovered was not only a restaurant and bar but also a hotel. As you enter there's a staircase that leads to the bedrooms upstairs. Many of the rooms have been newly refurbished and you can tell that there's been a lot of attention to detail.
|The staircase leading up to the hotel's guest rooms|
The rooms were stylishly laid out and spacious and I could really see myself enjoying a weekend away with the other half here. I may even have to give him a little nudge what with Valentines Day and our Anniversary coming soon.
|The master bedroom|
|I want this bed|
|The master bathroom|
|One of the many rooms available at The Vicarage|
|Why not unwind with a game of chess?|
If you like the look of these beautiful rooms as much as I did then The Vicarage is currently offering the Sunday Night Sizzler. This offer includes a Sunday night stay with breakfast, a bottle of Prosecco, dinner and if you're lucky, an upgrade to boot (if available). The Sunday Night Sizzler
|The main restaurant area|
In contrast to main bar/restaurant area is the conservatory adjacent which is bright and spacious and great for enjoying afternoon teas, which is exactly what I did.
Introduced into England in the 1840's this is a tradition that seems to really have come back into fashion of late and even if it hadn't, let's face it, I'm not one to turn down cake.
|Reserved all for me|
Afternoon teas are supposed to be refined and elegant, a chance to catch up with friends and enjoy tea, cake and finger sandwiches from fine china. It should feel indulgent and The Vicarage's Afternoon Tea was certainly that. The selection included finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and strawberries and a variety of cakes such as parkin and a delicious mini chocolate brownie.
|Afternoon Tea is served|
All the ingredients are locally sourced and my particular favourites were the little tomato and rocket canapé and the scones, certainly one of the best I've had in a while.
If you are interested in trying these for yourself, you're in luck because there is currently an offer on their website for their afternoon teas. Their 'Two for One Afternoon Teas' are every Thursday for only £14.95 or with a little fizz for £18.95.
|Tomato and rocket hors canapé|
If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, and lets face it who wouldn't ,then head over to their website and book yourself in and don't forget to let me know your thoughts.