At the weekend we took a trip to Bolton Abbey Village Hall for The Vegan Cakery’s Afternoon Tea, which was an absolutely lovely treat and definitely something we’ll do again if we get the opportunity. Bolton Abbey Village Hall was around an hour and a half drive from where we live, and the journey took us through some beautiful English countryside.
The Vegan Cakery is run by Michelle Orme, who set up the non-profit business in June 2012 with the dual purpose of producing the highest quality vegan cakes, pastries and treats, while also raising as much money as possible for a wide variety of animal charities and sanctuaries. Not only does Michelle travel around the country hosting wonderful afternoon teas, but she makes gorgeous cakes to order. So whenever those sugar cravings come knocking, you know who’s door to go to.
When we sat down at our table we were offered a glass of prosecco but instead kindly asked for the non alcoholic version as neither of us drink, which was just as nice if not better- we even had to check that it wasn’t really alcohol! The table was set beautifully and there were some quirky little additions that made the experience unique, and set it apart from other afternoon teas that we’ve been to. One of the things that made it a bit different was that there were labelled jars with little bits of herbal teas inside, for us to have a look and smell of each to decide which tea we wanted to have. Louise chose the Lemon Gelato tea, and Emily the Honey Bear tea, which were both really good.
Alongside our non alcoholic proseccos, we were both served a raspberry jelly, which was surprisingly very tasty. For two people that aren’t so keen on jelly, we really enjoyed it. The purple bit at the top was also ombre and sparkly, and the raspberry was painted gold which made it all the more special.
Next we had our sandwiches, which we just couldn’t get enough of they were so delicious.
On the left: Midly Curried Egg-less and Rocket
On the right: Hummus and Roasted Pepper
At the front: Open Olive Tapenade with Sundrenched & Heritage Tomatoes
At the back: Open Roasted Aubergine & Red Pepper With Sundried Tomatoes
Afterwards, our cake tier came with the cakes and scones. Two mini victoria sponges, two pavlovas, two chocolate and coconut squares, and two cheesecakes. Then on the bottom, two plain and two fruit scones which were served with dairy free margarine, coconut cream, and strawberry jam (not pictured).
The mini victoria sponges were light and fluffy, and had a lovely vanilla flavour to them which we really liked. The chocolate and coconut squares were lovely and sweet, (but not too sweet) and they were presented well with a nice design that had an edible gold decoration in the corner.
The cheesecakes had a really nice creaminess to them and tasted just like how a cheesecake should taste, and this is coming from two big cheesecake lovers! Although neither of us are huge scone fans we had one each with both the coconut cream and jam and didn’t find them to be heavy or any of the other things you might fear a vegan scone to be. They were just right.
Unfortunately we were too full to try the pavlovas and eat the rest of the scones but we were able to box up what we hadn’t eaten ready to take home, which we thought was a nice touch. Overall, we found the experience to be a memorable one and would certainly recommend to friends and family of ours that enjoy going to afternoon teas.