High Tea – Dutch Style

As a connoisseur of the traditional act of afternoon tea it’s always a treat to sample it elsewhere.

Our travels took us to Dordrecht, a quiet village south of Rotterdam. Villa Augustus is a hotel and restaurant who pride themselves on producing the majority of what they sell. From lemons to carrots, lettuces to beans the grounds are a wonder to walk through.

sam_2564The standard format of which I am accustomed to is sandwiches, petit four and scones.

Dutch High Tea was a little different. We had bread with a variety of toppings. From tomatoes to salmon and my new Dutch word of the day ‘bieslookroomkaas,’  creme cheese with chives. Het was leuk! We had a private table by the window overlooking the gardens and the waiter was most helpful in his duel greetings both in English and Dutch.

So what did we really think?

Gino gave Villa Augustus 8/10.

“ A good afternoon tea, a nice environment and everything tasted fresh, I loved the chocolate cake too it was brilliant. There was only a small choice of different teas and the only real thing I missed was an explanation of what we had. I would go back for dinner in the evening or again for lunch”

I was a little less harsh and gave Villa Augustus a whopping 9.5/10.

“I loved the subtle differences between the English and the Dutch. We had bread with a topping as opposed to endless sandwiches minus the crusts, the details of the décor was a fantastic mix of vintage and industrial which I think really worked.  The chandelier in the main room was the biggest thing that caught my attention. Oh and I had to throw in an extra 0.5 for the mirrors in the bathroom. Overall a great way to spend the afternoon even if there wasn’t any English breakfast tea with milk.”

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So there we have it. A great afternoon well spent if you find yourself in the area and very hungry. You can even stop off at the marketplace to pick up some one off pieces of crockery or a book or as we did a nice fresh baked loaf of bread.


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