Reviewed by Clair Bellamy
Today I visited Browns Restaurant in Milton Keynes to sample their Royal Afternoon Tea. I had never been to a Browns restaurant before so was not sure what to expect. The restaurant was lovely and airy with a modern feel.
My friend and I were shown to a booth with clean, comfortable seating and the waiting staff were very attentive without being overbearing, a big positive in my opinion.
The Royal Afternoon Tea is a limited edition menu option to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. It comprises of brioche rolls filled with coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise and smoked salmon with lemon cream cheese. A selection of fruited and plain scones with clotted cream and jam, rich chocolate brownies, salted caramel profiteroles, a piece of Lady Grey tea cake each, finished with a Pimm’s jelly and washed down with a delicious British Royal cocktail, oh and as much tea as you can drink.
The food was beautifully presented on a three tier cake stand and looked delicious. The brioche rolls were very tasty and worked very well with the delicious gin, rhubarb, rose hip, apple and prosecco cocktail. We then moved on to the delicately flavoured Lady Grey cake which was light and moist, the perfectly salted creamy caramel profiterole and the naughtily rich chocolate brownie, one of the best brownies I have had! Now the main part of an afternoon tea, the cream scone. I was only able to manage one of my two scones so went for the plain, it was really tasty and much better than I can make myself. My friend had the fruited scone and said it was a lovely crumbly texture. The only minor criticism about the scone was it could have been served with a little more cream, who doesn’t love good clotted cream? We saved the Pimm’s jelly for last, whilst it really appealed in theory I am afraid I did not like the jelly as it was a little too minty for me, this is personal preference though. The tea was also very good, but don’t forget it is loose leaf, we did!
The Royal Afternoon tea is available at a cost of £17.95 per person. This may be a little more than the average cost of afternoon tea but in my opinion is definitely worth it.
Served daily throughout June from 2.30pm to 5pm, the Royal Afternoon Tea with a British Royal cocktail is £17.95 per person. For more information or to book a table visit www.browns-restaurants.co.uk.
Browns, Unit 300 CBX3, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2EA | 01908 241118