Afternoon tea. Is there anything quite as decadent on a chilly Wednesday afternoon in February? Those dainty finger sandwiches, creamy dreamy clotted cream and scones, not to mention the delicious miniature bites of heaven in cake form.
Last week, my mum and I were able to do just that and indulge in afternoon tea thanks to the lovely people at Debenhams. It was a bit touch and go whether we were even going to make it, thanks to a major motorway being closed right near the Patisserie Valerie we had chosen to go to. But determined not to miss out, we instead drove to beautiful historic Canterbury and enjoyed our afternoon tea after a wander through the pretty cobbled streets.
We started with a delicious cheese and broccoli quiche, followed by dainty finger sandwiches in a range of flavours. My favourites being the ham and rocket and chicken with pesto and sundried tomatoes. Then it was onto the scones.
Having been on a diet for what seems like forever (it’s only actually been 2 months….), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these. Rich and crumbly and slathered with lashings of clotted cream and jam, they were certainly worth the wait. The scones of course, were followed by a selection of delicious cakes. The chocolate slice was deliciously moist and packed full of flavour, so much so even I don’t think I could have eaten a whole one. And of course, it was all washed down with copious amounts of tea.
We had a lovely time chatting over our afternoon tea. We often meet up during the week, although our normal Wednesday mother-daughter ‘date’ is a trip to our Slimming World group. Infact we headed straight to Patisserie Valerie after we weighed in that morning. Who says you can’t have cake on a diet!?
As if afternoon tea with my lovely mum wasn’t enough, we were also sent home with a gift box of 4 more amazing cakes. These ones I did manage to avoid – well you can’t eat THAT much cake on a diet! But they did go down rather well with my kids and step dad, who couldn’t quite believe their luck.
This has to be what pure joy looks like. A well-deserved treat after a long day at school that’s for sure.
Now if all that doesn’t sound amazing enough, Debenhams decided to make my pre Mother’s Day treat even more special. With a gift card to treat myself to their Mother’s Day range with. And treat myself I did.
I headed to Debenhams in Ashford with my mum and treated myself to a new foundation and blusher. Since moving back to the UK from Malta in July my complexion has rapidly changed from bronzed to English rose. And my old foundation just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Sick of those tell-tale tide marks around my neck and sides of my face, I took the time to have my skin colour matched by one of the team behind the Lancôme counter.
And after several attempts and a lovely chat, we found my perfect shade. I also went on to buy a new blusher. And I still have some money left on my gift card to treat myself again. I’m thinking a new lipstick, or possibly the primer she used on my skin prior to applying the foundation.
You’ll also notice I received some samples of various skincare products. And the lovely lady also made sure I was signed up to the Debenhams Beauty Club. Before handing over the latest treat – a full size bottle of Rituals bath foam, which is gorgeous. It turns out you get a free gift every month when you’re ‘in the club’ and you don’t even need to make a purchase to qualify. How amazing is that!
How lovely is it to have someone else apply your make up by the way? It really did feel like such a treat. Add that to the afternoon tea and I feel like I’ve had a wonderful few days of indulgence.