As the main summer wedding season is drawing to an end, and as a Halloween treat, we ventured to one of our favourite venues – The Assembly Rooms in Norwich (a venue which is also dear to us as it was the location of one of SnapStation’s first events - Sharon and Neil’s wonderful wedding back in May). This time we were not visiting as a supplier, but rather a customer, as they held their Halloween themed afternoon tea.
Long-time readers of the blog will know that we do love a good cup of tea at SnapStation, and so what better way to celebrate our first Summer wedding season than a lovely afternoon tea! As we entered The Assembly Rooms we were greeted with some Halloween themed decoration, and the table was adorned with a cute Halloween scroll menu that detailed all the treats we had in store. It was great to see lots of people getting into the Halloween spirit in some fab costumes too!
We both chose our preferred tea from an extensive list of options (although the alternative option of a Prosecco Potion was very tempting!). Shortly afterwards our afternoon tea made its grand entrance – a 3-tier tower of treats all expertly designed by Head Pastry Wizard Mark Mitson and his team of Sorcerer’s Apprentices. We were told that as soon as we were ready for them, our warm scones would then be served – a lovely touch.
We started off with a delicious selection of sandwiches…crust-free of course! We then moved on to a very tasty beetroot-coloured brioche roll and mini cream cheese tart. As promised, our scones then arrived - warm to the touch and smelling amazing. It was a lovely treat to have both a whole savoury (cheese, Colman’s mustard & chive) and fruit scone each!
Then it was time for the main attraction – a top tier of spellbindingly stunning Halloween cakes and pastries! Our sweet treats consisted of a blackcurrant macaron decorated with a super cute sugar ghost, a red velvet gateau opera with layers of buttercream, a choux pastry pumpkin and a chocolate pot with chocolate “soil” and a biscuit tombstone. These all looked incredible, and tasted every bit as good too!
As we neared the end of our afternoon tea, we also got a chance to see the brilliant showstopper of a cake produced by past Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Barmby. Luckily there were no GBBO spoilers to be seen here! (Sorry Prue!)
We would definitely recommend afternoon tea at The Assembly House – a lovely atmosphere, tasty treats and attentive service. The team will be working their magic again for their Easter Extravaganza Chocolate Afternoon Tea next year and we can’t wait to see what amazing creations they have in store!
What a way to end the main wedding season. At SnapStation we have been extremely lucky to have visited some stunning venues and to meet some lovely couples. As we move into November we will be busy working on some brilliant new ideas to make the busy Christmas season and 2018 even better. Stay tuned for a few highlights and sneak peeks.