I, like most other bloggers, am quite the fan of afternoon tea. I think it’s a lovely way to celebrate something special. In fact, I even ended up going for afternoon tea in Dundee for my birthday this year. So when my nana and I were looking for a way to celebrate her birthday, we decided to try afternoon tea somewhere new. I’ve officially moved back to Darlington now where there were plenty of options available. I did my research and we eventually settled on Al Forno, since they did afternoon tea with a twist.
Their website promised an ‘Italian Afternoon Tea’, which certainly intrigued me enough to give it a go! Think bruschetta instead of sandwiches and cannolis in the place of cake. If you can’t bear to deviate from a slightly more standard afternoon tea, it still comes with a scone too! There was no way that I could have eaten mine though, as I was far more tempted by the other goodies.
The afternoon tea itself comes with a plate of antipasto, a plate of bruschetta and open sandwiches and finally a plate of sweet treats. That, as I’m sure you’ve all come to expect, was my favourite. I’m woefully uneducated when it comes to Italian cakes and the like so this was a perfect chance to try some new things without any pressure of trying to order them. Unfortunately, that also means that I can’t quite remember the name for them but I promise they were seriously tasty.
I also though that the antipasto was a really nice touch. It was packed full of flavour but meant that some of the options were a little lighter – perfect if you don’t like the overly stuffed feeling after afternoon tea!
We did have a little bit leftover to take home but the amount of food was pretty spot on. Since it was all delicious, I was doubly impressed with how good value it was. The afternoon tea was only £8.50 each, which seemed like a great deal for me. For a little extra cost, you can upgrade to include a glass of fizz or cocktails but we had driven down to town. Even with the upgrade though, the Al Forno afternoon tea was the perfect way to treat yourself without breaking the bank. With costs like that and food that tastes that good, I might need to start inventing special occasions to celebrate.