Lifestyle: Tea & Cake at Beckworth Emporium

Or rather, hot chocolate and cake…

 photo cca63e43-51cc-429b-a5fd-cd1a150c39bd_zps797b6b1b.jpgTrying to make the post of our weekends together is getting a little more difficult for myself and boyfriend. He’s entering a busy period at university, lots of project deadlines, lots of group meetings, and I’m undergoing a relatively large project at work. If we know we’ve got a busy weekend, we’ll agree to go out for just a few hours with no distractions. The time means we focus on each other rather than anything else (an important thing in a long distance relationship!), and generally pack those hours with fun and (usually) yummy food.

 photo 2014-11-08170536_zpsca28f49e.jpgLast time I saw him we decided to head into the countryside (along with our good friend Howard) for a little afternoon snack at a local ‘garden centre.’ Beckworth Emporium is so much more than a typical garden centre, with a pretty cool farm shop, lots of gifts, the usual plants, and an impressive eating area. I’m desperate to go for afternoon tea one day, but they look huge. I struggled with the relatively small one I had earlier in the year, so I reckon this would defeat me!

 photo 2014-11-08170436_zps7dead638.jpgI ordered their Ultimate Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows, alongside their Chocolate & Salted Caramel cake. It might have been chocolate overload, and I might have been on a sugar high for the next few hours, but I have no regrets. Their hot chocolates is one of the best around. Not too rich, but chocolatey and none of the powdery nonsense in the bottom of the cup. The cake was pretty special too. Moist, rich, with a sweet icing just offset enough by the saltiness of the caramel. A huge and generous slice too, you certainly get your monies worth at Beckworth!

 photo 2014-11-08170502_zpsc394d724.jpgThe boys had tea and scones. I’m not really a scone person, but they had no complaints. There was the usual debate over whether to jam them cream, or cream then jam – any advice on this?!

 photo 2014-11-08170747_zpsdfe810c4.jpgI’m hoping to head back to Beckworth Emporium closer to Christmas – they have an ice rink, with incredibly pricing skating lessons. I’ve always loved ice skating, but have next to no confidence, so I’m thinking of going for a lesson or two in the hope of stopping me from holding onto the side. Ice skating followed by hot chocolate, sounds good to me!
 photo 2014-11-08170736_zps9e8a1a45.jpgNow a cheeky request- I’d love it if you could vote for me in the 2015 UK Blog Awards. I’m lucky enough be in the Food, Young Bloggers (not too sure where this entry is) and Lifestyle categories! And if you vote for me I’ll post out cake… 😉

Where’s your favourite place to go for ‘tea’ and cake? 

  • This looks absolutely amazing, I wish we had something similar by us! I think personally I jam and then cream although I’ve obviously never paid enough attention to myself doing it to fully confirm that!

    Sammy xo.

    littlefickleblog.blogspot.com

    • I think making up scones is something you do by instinct really! x

  • That hot chocolate looks mouth watering! I’m not really a scone fan, so can’t help yon on that debate haha 🙂

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    • The hot chocolate was amazing, creamy and chocolately without being too rich and sweet! x

  • It’s so delicious ^^

  • The food looks so delicious, and the hot chocolate sounds perfect. I’m terrible at ice skating, but a hot chocolate after would convince me to take some lessons x

    http://eliseilou.blogspot.co.uk

    • I’ve only been ice skating a few times and was awful, but I’m hoping lessons will stop me gripping the side in fear! x

  • That cake looks mouth wateringly good! I love ice skating but haven’t been for a while- perfect time of year to start though!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • Definitely! And cake afterwards, what more could I want?! x

  • I love Beckworth Emporium! Their afternoon teas are really good although I would definitely share it haha as they are huge. I didn’t know they did ice skating lessons there though, that’s so cool!

    Bxx
    http://www.b-jolly.co.uk

    • It’s such a nice place isn’t it?! I’m definitely going to have to go for afternoon tea sometime soon! x

  • Ooh! The cake looks delicious!
    Jade x

    • It was one of the best cakes I’ve eaten, honestly! x

  • Awh, it’s so good that you do this. Sometimes it’s important to just focus on each other – even if it does mean we don’t get photos!

    And always cream first!

    xxx
    naturallybeige.com

    • I agree, I cherish all the time I have with him – and its great to make time to get out and about! x

  • I like scones, but I’d clearly choose any of the cakes instead. I mean…they look like a slice of heaven. Chocolate is made for me. It’s always nice to spend time with the boyfriend & friends. :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • The cakes at Beckworth are immense, huge slices too! x

  • This place looks great 🙂 The hot chocolate looks delicious :

    • It’s a lovely peaceful place. And yep, its gorgeous! x

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