Thursday, 22 February 2018

Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel

On a chilly February morning I found myself outside of the sort of grand, sort of nondescript doors of the Windsor Arms Hotel, excited to be seated for an afternoon tea specifically to celebrate my tea buddy's birthday. 

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

Once seated, we selected our teas, I went with Black and Blue which was a blend of blueberry and black tea. In my opinion, a perfect pairing of two tasty things.

Next, our three tier platter came out filled with fancy selections of savoury, sweet and scones. Unlike most afternoon teas I've been presented with, the Windsor Arms had the scones on the bottom tier (usually reserved for the savoury items and tea sandwiches). The waiter informed us that we were to eat from the bottom up, starting with the scones, moving to the savoury and finishing with the petit four.

If you know anything about afternoon teas, you know this is wrong. Flat out. Wrong. We disregarded the advice of the misinformed waiter and started on the second tier.

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

True to hoity-toity form, the savoury items were teeny tiny and overly fancy. Cheese and caramelized shallot quiche; prosciutto roll with fig, arugula and chevre; wild mushroom salad in vol-au-vent; egg salad roll; mini croissant with smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese; and pumpernickel bruschetta with mozzarella, basil, shallots and olive oil.

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

The scones are freshly made in house each day. We each had a plain one and a cranberry, lemon one. Both were tasty and I smothered them with cream and jam, as is customary (and in that order).

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

Lastly, we attacked the petit four, of which there were only four. This irks me. When I'm having tea for two, I like to try everything, so if there are four different items for two people to share, someone is going to miss out on something.

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

The petit four at the Windsor Arms do change, but on this morning we had a chocolate truffle, mango cake, red velvet cake, and pistachio cakes (the clear winner of these four).

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

The setting is certainly swanky and gives one a sense of posh-ness, but this wasn't my favourite afternoon tea. I would however, return for the tea room decor, a cream tea and that delicious Black and Blue tea.

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

{Erin Out and About} Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea

Interested in more posts about afternoon teas, check out my Afternoon Tea page dedicated to the lovely, decadent and diverse afternoon teas I've had here and abroad.

Seriously though. Cream or jam first on your scone?

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Climbing the Scott Monument

Located at Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh to honour the Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott. Built in 1841-1845 and has 288 steps broken into four sections going all the way to the top (200 feet 6 inches). 

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

It's a beautiful black and grey structure that casts its shadow down onto the busy Princes Street. Climbing up means views all over the city centre. And just like Arthur's Seat it took me a few visits to Edinburgh before I managed to summit the tower.

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

For a fiver you too can climb the many, many stairs to the top. As you get higher the walls become narrower and the stairs steeper. I don't like heights and couldn't make it to the last level. The wind was wiping around me and the views were pretty decent from that 3rd platform, I decided to stay right there and wait for my friend to make the ascent.

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument
contemplating going higher

{Erin Out and About} The Scott Monument

Despite having a irrational  completely rational fear of heights I still like trying to push myself to see  a city from all its angles, including high ones.

(Be sure to check the times, they change depending on the season).

From which angle do you love seeing a city from?

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Spending a Perfect Day in London

I had just over 24 hours to spend in London on my last trip to the UK. I knew I had to make the most of my time there.

I prepared myself.

I made a list of the things I wanted to do, see, and eat. I made arrangements with friends to visit and anticipated a long (blissful) day spent in my favourite city.


I started my day off with a lovely stroll around Little Venice. It was a great slow way to begin my day as I ambled along the canal, admiring the sun drenched houseboats and marvelling at the spring buds on the trees. There was even a cute little boat cafe, but I had no time to stop for a coffee as I was heading to meet a friend for brunch.

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

On my way to Sketch (the instagram famous restaurant) I stopped in at Oxford Circus Topshop, and my old job at Lola's. My mouth watered in the memory of the delicious cupcakes. It was probably a good thing no one was behind the counter cause I would have done some damage. On to Sketch and connecting with the beautiful Selena and of course I was already late.

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

We munched our food, we chatted, we consumed our tea and we slipped off to the loos for a selfie. As you do.

Next we decided to pop over to Kensington and see what was on at the Saatchi Gallery. Any day that I get to spend some time with an interesting exhibition is a good day in my books.

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

Eventually, it was time for us to part ways. Cue the tears.

To console myself the only thing to do was have dinner with my favourite dinner companion at a super cool taco joint. Down to Soho's Bodega Negra we went with its tantalizing peep show/porn shop facade and delicious tacos below.  To cap the day off I had booked a table at Cahoots. A novelty bar at its finest.

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

The next morning, before heading on to adventures in the Lake District, I insisted on having breakfast at Dishoom (and I was pleased to find that the London location at King's Cross was just as good as my first visit to the new Edinburgh location).

The bottomless house chai tea is my soulmate.

{Erin Out and About} My Perfect Day in London

London is my most favourite city in all the land, spending any kind of time there and seeing friends would make any day a good day. But this day in particular will go down in the books; most perfect day in London.

How would you spend your perfect day in your favourite city?

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