On a cold, drab December day my festive mood was lifted a million per cent when I visited Kitley House Hotel and Restaurant in Yealmpton, Plymouth for a stunning festive afternoon tea.

As I drove down the very long driveway to Kitley House Hotel the anticipation grew and the excitement built – I was so excited to see my best friend Katy who I hadn’t seen in ages and also to feast on the wonderful festive afternoon tea ahead of me! As the driveway through the vast estate to the house was so long it allowed me to wonder what the delights the afternoon had in store and also allowed me to daydream what it would be like to have such a grand drive to a big beautiful house!

I arrived, parked easily in the large parking area and was reunited with Katy. It was great to see her and we were both so excited to step into Kitley House and see what was inside! Even on the gloomy winters day, the hotel looked so grand and imposing from the outside. It felt rather posh too!

The inside of Kitley House Hotel was just stunning; it was warm, festive and decorated so elegantly for Christmas! We were greeted by the friendly reception staff and out wet winter coats were taken and hung up for us.

We were guided into the Regency Room where the tables were decorated with pretty china crockery, festive candle displays and Christmas crackers! There was a lovely looking Christmas tree in the room too and some lovely Christmas decorations that added to the warm, festive atmosphere.

We were able to choose our table and chose one where we could see outside to the lovely gardens and watch the wildlife wandering about. It was such a wet and miserable day so it was lovely to be able to look out of the damp gardens but know were nice and toasty inside having a really tasty treat!

We pulled our crackers, told each other our jokes and of course put on our cracker hats! We were now ready to indulge in the festive delights of the festive afternoon tea and we couldn’t wait!

The waitress bought out our pots of tea and the cake stand full of scrummy food. There was a plate full of festive sandwiches including turkey and cranberry, smoked salmon, ham and mustard. We then had two huge warm scones each – one plain and one fruit which we were able to top with copious amounts of cream and jam – my favourite!

The top layer of the cake stand was filled with bitesize festive treats that included fruit cake, mince pies, mini blueberry cheesecakes and some fruit to balance out all that naughtiness I guess!!

Everything tasted delicious and we took our time enjoying it all whilst gossiping and catching up on all our news. I can’t decide whether the warm scones or blueberry cheesecakes were my favourites – it was all so tasty it’s hard to decide. We both gave it our best shot but we were unable to finish it all, but this didn’t matter as we were encouraged to take the extra bits home for later which Nathan and I enjoyed that evening!

I can really recommend Kitley House Hotel and Restaurant for afternoon tea – it was such a lovely treat and the perfect place to catch up with my best pal. I loved the festive twist on the afternoon tea selection as I am a big mince pie and Christmas cake fan so this was perfect for me! We also saw another table who were enjoying a three-course meal and the food looked really tasty.

For more information on the hotel and restaurant, and to see the food menus be sure to check out the Kitley House Hotel and Restaurant website. Cream teas can be enjoyed for £8.95 per person, with traditional afternoon tea starting at £17.95 per person. I would love to go back one day to sample either the normal afternoon tea menu or some of the main food offered as I can imagine would be of very high quality and very delicious tasting.

I think an afternoon spent in cosy warm surroundings with a good friend and lovely food is the perfect way to relax, indulge and treat yourselves and Kitley House offers the perfect place to do so. All the beautiful Christmas decorations and festive touches really helped us feel really festive too and we left feeling excited for the festivities ahead and rather full too!!

***Our afternoon tea was provided to us on a complimentary basis by Kitley House Hotel & Restaurant in return for this review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.***

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