A few friends and I, in August, thought that a must-do in St Andrews would be to attend an afternoon tea at the Old Course Hotel. I heard the afternoon tea at the Fairmont was also amazing, but anything that involves taking a bus always seems too far away in St Andrews. So one day we all dressed up in cute little dresses (to make it even more of an occasion) and, between two study sessions at the library, we made our way to the hotel in the glimmering sunlight of the Scottish summer.
This is the Old Course Hotel. The tea room is overlooking the ever famous golf course.
So we arrived at the hotel and were directed toward the tea room which is white and absolutely exquisite. It felt like stepping into a canvas! The staff was wonderful and I have nothing bad to say about it! Our server was nice and would even place our serviette on our laps before explaining to us how the afternoon tea would take place.
Since the afternoon tea at the OCH is £20 per person we decided to take two afternoon teas and split it among us. We were students after all! And with the quantity of food we got we had well enough for the four of us! I would recommend doing that if you’re on a tight budget but really want to experience of the afternoon tea at the Old Course Hotel.
We shared delicious finger sandwiches, some mini scones and mini pancakes and lots of amazing pastries and cakes! It was also served with clotted cream and their strawberry and Champagne preserve.
We also had loads of choices for the tea! So many choices! I sincerely cannot remember which one I took, but it was great! The server who served tea (a different one!) explained the teas to us and showed us the sieve to use (which we forgot a few times..eww).
It was all in all an amazing experience! I would give it a 8.5/10. The atmosphere, the service, the tea and the food were all great! All that combined with the price made it a great outing in St Andrews and one of my favourite memories of the summer!
** All photos are credit of Tamara Johnson **