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Tea for two

Emma Phillips enjoyed a relaxing 40th Birthday Treat at The Greenway Hotel & Spa

What better way to spend my 40th Birthday, than celebrate with a Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Greenway Hotel with my husband and 8 month old baby? A proper afternoon tea seems like an indulgence from the past due to the ridiculous long hours we all seem to be working but once rediscovered, there is nothing like plates of delicate sandwiches, exquisite cakes and oriental teas to revive long lost memories.

The Greenway Hotel & Spa in Shurdington provides a quintessential English setting to enjoy a traditional afternoon. One can opt for a Cotswold Cream Tea to The Greenway Full Tea which offers an array of food including Finger Sandwiches, homemade Scones with Compote and Cream, a selection of cakes including Chocolate Éclairs, Lemon Tart, Fruit Cake, Chocolate Brownie, Pistachio Cake and Shortbread with a freshly brewed pot of coffee or tea.

The sandwiches were an absolute delight, made on soft fresh bread with a vast variety of fillings to tantalise every taste bud and the selection of cakes was to die for and most certainly not for the discerning dieter – hey, if you can’t treat yourself at 40 then when can you? I decided to have my perfectly chilled Champagne outside on the terrace and really appreciate the stunning gardens in which the hotel sits, taking in the panoramic views of the Cotswolds.

The Greenway Hotel is an ideal place to spend an afternoon of relaxation or celebrate any occasion – why? Because you can!

For reservations, please contact: The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington Road, Cheltenham. GL51 4UG. Tel: 01242 862352; www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com