Garnett girls day out

My Mum and Sister are both teachers so were off work last Friday due to the autumn half term. As I still had some holiday left before the end of the year, Mum suggested taking a day off work and all of us having a girls day. They decided to come up to Bournemouth so we could go shopping and have afternoon tea together. Dad must have overheard the conversation as I got a text later in the evening saying “are you going to be doing a trolley dash in John Lewis? Do I need to check the credit limit on Mum’s card hahaha” #dadlols!

It is a rare choice for Mum to go shopping, so my sister and I made the most of it! The last time my sister visited our flat everything she commented on was bought in HomeSense, so she was really keen to pay a visit. Being the shopaholic that she is, she loved it!

My bedroom at home at my parents’ house has just been decorated, so we picked out some new bedding and bits and pieces for it. For those that know my old room, the candy striped wall is no more! :(

"ohh but I really need another one Mum...!"

“ohh but I really need another one Mum…!”

After shopping we headed over to Harbour Heights Hotel for afternoon tea. This is my go to place for any visitors to Bournemouth, as the views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island are beeeeeautiful! Despite it being the last day of October the weather was lovely, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. We sat on the terrace enjoying the view without needing to wear coats or scarves. Probably the last time we will be able to do that this year.

 

Our tea, sandwiches and cakes arrived not long after we ordered and it was all very yummy.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

I need to learn how to use the camera Mike bought me for my birthday properly, the view was stunning, but I haven’t captured it very well!

Garnett girls day out Garnett girls day out

Back to the food! We had a mixture of classic English sandwiches – egg & cress, cheese & pickle, ham & mustard and cream cheese & cucumber. The cake selections consisted of macaroons, coffee & chocolate sponges and of course scones with jam and cream.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Jam or cream first?

Jam or cream first…!?

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

As I insisted we order an afternoon tea each, there was quite a bit left over at the end. The Garnett family are not ones to waste food so we asked to take the remaining cakes and scones home with us. It’s the first time I have had to sign a disclaimer from a restaurant to do so!

Garnett girls day out

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

As the sun was setting we left the hotel with full tummies and may or may not have gone back to the shops for a little more retail therapy!

<3

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Birthday DIY afternoon tea at the Larderhouse

Larderhouse, Southbourne

To celebrate Mike’s Mum Frances’ birthday earlier in October, Mike arranged afternoon tea at the Larderhouse in Southbourne. I came straight from my dressmaking course which was just around the corner so arrived first and took some photos whilst I waited. The restaurant was decorated with lots of autumnal pumpkins, corn, and flowers.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Mike and Frances arrived not long afterwards and we sat at our table to decide what to order. We only found out once we had sat down they didn’t ‘officially’ serve afternoon tea but as we had been looking forward to sandwiches, tea and cake we decided to make our own version up from the menu.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

We ordered a  platter of various meats, cheese, chutneys and flatbreads, a ham hock sandwich with home made pickles to share and each went for a different tea to try.  They had lots of different teas to pick from and also a long list of coffees. You can have the coffees served at your table through what looks like strange looking science equipment, you can see one in the corner of the below photo. Unfortunately they only serve them in the evenings (an excuse to go back!).

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Larderhouse, Southbourne Larderhouse, Southbourne

We all dived in straight away when the food arrived and I forgot to take photos first…. again! Everything was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. If you are anywhere as much as a cheese lover as me and you live nearby I recommend you make a visit now!

Cheese me!

Cheese me!

Although the platter and sandwich left us pretty full, we of course found space for desert and each ordered a different one to try. Chocolate brownie for me, almond and plum tart for Frances (my favourite of the three) and a lemon curd Eton mess for Mike.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

When Frances got up from the table Mike quickly asked the staff if they could add a candle to Frances’ desert which they happily did.

Happy Birthday to yooou!

Happy Birthday Frances!

Now to plan another visit to try more of their cheeses and sample the huge wine menu!