Searching for a dining experience for a post distillery tour treat I was thrilled to discover the newly launched G & Tea Bombay Afternoon Tea at The White Hart. Utilising gin from the nearby Bombay Sapphire distillery, this seemed like the perfect feast and I was delighted with the choice!
The White Hart is a charming refurbished pub and hotel in the small village of Overton. It’s been designed to combine classic antique features and new luxurious touches giving it a lovely warmth and plenty of charisma. There are several dining areas including a stunning private dining room, a summer patio and lots of cosy snug areas which make it ideal for all year dining or overnight stays.
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by staff and quickly shown to our table in a snug area. I immediately noticed the dog treat station and a lit fireplace and felt right at home. We were initially served with our Gin Fizz cocktail using the locally distilled Bombay Sapphire gin which features in a unique way across each course. Unlimited tea and coffee were available with the platters.
The excitement when we were presented with a savoury platters was palpable! The sandwiches included a gin-soused salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise, ham and mustard and chicken salad. I really liked that each filling was served in both white and brown bread, with two of each flavour for each guest. The generous serving of crisps were homemade and home baked. I didn’t realise how much of a difference that would make to the flavour but they were delicious!
There were also two warm elements to the savoury platter. Tasty homemade sausage rolls and lovely homemade black pudding Scotch eggs. I love Scotch eggs and have tried quite a few now and done correctly a runny centred one is a great gauge of pub fayre standards! The one at The White Hart was packed with flavour and had a perfect runny yolk, a definite highlight.
It wouldn’t be an afternoon tea without scones! One plain and one fruit scone each accompanied by clotted cream, jam and a refreshingly tart gin lemon curd.
The sweet treat platter selection varies but contains amazing freshly made slices and desserts. The day we visited included biscotti, shortbread fingers and gooey chocolate brownies with marshmallows. I jumped straight in to the creme brulee, which had a wonderful magical crack from the caramelised sugar Top. Delicious!
The final treat was a slice of moist gin and blueberry drizzle cake. Bursting with blueberries and a subtle gin flavour it was topped off with a sharp icing to cut through the lovely sweetness.
Both platters were extremely generous and despite our best efforts we simply could not finish all of the delicious food. Thankfully our fab waitress boxed up our leftovers so we could take these home for later.
This was easily one of the best afternoon teas I have experienced. All of the food was wonderfully presented, packed with flavour and fantastic examples of classic afternoon tea food executed brilliantly. I would definitely recommend booking a G & Tea to anyone visiting the distillery or simply looking for a special treat. I can’t wait to visit the White Hart again to sample more of their delicious menu and extensive gin collection.
Cost: £25 per person for G & Tea Bombay Afternoon Tea. MUST be booked 24 hour in advance for weekdays or 48 hours in advance for weekends/Bank Holidays.
Time: approximately 2 hours.
Nearest Train Station: Overton (1 stop from) Basingstoke Main line station (Approx. 40 minutes from London Waterloo)
Website: The White Hart, Overton