On the tenth day of Blogmas my friends and I went out to Banchory for a spot of afternoon tea by the edge of the River Dee, figuratively speaking of course, but we did have a lovely view of the river from the warmth and comfort of the lounge. The fire was burning away nicely and the Lodge has such a homely feel.
We had booked in advance, which considering how busy it was is essential at this time of year, and the table was set up beautifully for our arrival. We went to a venue in Aberdeen city for our festive afternoon tea last year but it was nothing compare to this. The set menu is £16.95 per head and that includes your hot drinks. It’s all very traditional but not in a dated sense and the level of service is great. There’s someone always on hand, your water glass will never get empty, or your Prosecco, if you’re drinking. We were even offered Christmas crackers as the waiter set up tables for the evening nearby.
The food itself is heavenly and the three of us didn’t manage to finish it all. The sandwiches are the traditional afternoon tea offerings of cucumber, smoked salmon and pastrami (but as a pescatarian I can’t advise on that one). The scones are some of the biggest I’ve ever seen and clearly fresh and the Prosecco jelly shots are a lovely touch. None of us were drinking as two out of the three were driving but we were offered Prosecco on arrival and it was certainly flowing on other tables around us.
Although the Banchory Lodge is maybe a little out-of-the-way if you live in town, I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s so welcoming and reminded me a lot of country hotels in Perthshire where I’m originally from.