Afternoon Tea at the Courthouse, Knutsford
We're almost positive that you won't find a nicer setting to enjoy afternoon tea than Barristers Restaurant in The Courthouse, Knutsford. The old crown court of Knutsford has been beautifully restored and renovated after sitting dormant for several years and now boasts beautiful venue space for civil ceremonies, weddings & parties, along with the most beautifully quirky restaurant and big ideas to add boutique bedrooms and suites along with a rooftop cocktail bar complete with living wall. There's nods to the buildings rich history everywhere you look from the traditional wooden pews in the restaurant to bowler hats in the hallways which represent each and every hanging that took place here.
We were invited along to try out their afternoon tea, something that we always enjoy so were more than happy to pop in. There's just something about afternoon teas that's really enjoyable, probably the way you can easily spend a couple of hours grazing and catching up with a loved one and just putting the world to rights, and the afternoon tea at The Courthouse was no exception to this tradition. Expect to be greeted by a big selection box filled with the freshest loose leaf teas from Holmes Chapel’s very own Tea From The Manor, offering everything from English breakfast and Darjeeling to a variety of green and fruity infusions, and then happily sip away whilst taking in your beautiful surroundings all-the-while wondering how you could get a big glass domed ceiling of your own...
There's two different choices when it comes to the afternoon tea, a traditional affair and a savoury version, both packed full of delights so of course we had to try them both. The sweet comes with a selection of finger sandwiches (we had salmon, egg mayo, tuna and cheese & pickle) macarons, domed mousse, profiteroles, opera cake and finally fruit scones with clotted cream & jam. Hands down the opera cake was the best little dessert we've had on an afternoon tea menu, the layers were perfectly symmetrical and there was a delicious, delicate vanilla custard flavour. Literally so much food that we had to take our scones home with us because we couldn't find room to fit the whole lot in! The savoury afternoon tea was probably more to our taste however we reckon if you had two of these (1 each in a couple) then you'd be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the end because there's a hell of a lot of rich food on this one, including a super meaty scotch egg, black pudding sausage roll, a beef and Guinness savoury donut, potted shrimps, mini pasties, croque monsieurs and finished with a savoury scone and blue cheese cream.
We'd happily pop back again although we probably wouldn't rush back for the afternoon tea, don't get us wrong they were both absolutely lovely but probably didn't beat our all time favourite at King Street Townhouse. That said, the full food menu already had us drooling so we'd definitely want to get our tastebuds around that, and we'd just love to sit in that beautiful room again and enjoy a drink so we'll see you again soon Courthouse!