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9 Mar 2017

Afternoon Tea at The Exchange Leicester

Sundays are for relaxing, unwinding from the past week and letting go. So when The Exchange asked if I wanted to come down and try out their Bottomless Sunday I was like 'hell to the yeah'! And I couldn't very well do this Sunday filled with bubbly deliciousness on my own now could I...that's why I was accompanied by two of my very lovely friends Lauren & Lisa. 

The Exchange is situated in the heart to Leicester's Cultural Quarter directly opposite The Curve Theatre. A perfect spot for an afternoon full of girlie shenanigans! On entering the bar we could see that the tables had been carefully laid out and styled with a collection of mismatched vintage china, floral table cloths and fresh flowers. It was a mad hatters tea party hidden within the city! A sophisticated spread of wonderment with personalised name plates on the table and food galore! From the moment we sat at our table and all the way through our dining experience the lovely waiter Arron attentively saw to our every need. Making sure that our teapot was hot and brimming with tea and more importantly that our prosecco glasses were full. They really do make you feel special!

Afternoon tea was first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford back in 1840 and today it is still the most quintessential of English customs. Dainty cucumber sandwiches, miniature cakes and of course tea. However The Exchange's afternoon tea has a little twist. Sandwiches served on tractional vintage cake stands but with modern contemporary filling ingredients. From mozzarella, red pesto & basil to baby spinach red pesto & prosciutto ham for the meat eaters. All sandwiched within a mini toasted ciabatta finger. A very moreish selection indeed and the chef Tim kindly kept checking in us to see if our sandwichey delights needed replenishing.

As well as the bottomless prosecco The Exchange also offers a selection of soft drinks and house wines in this bottomless offer. I of course had to try a cheeky rose which was very satisfying and refreshing. And it kinda went perfectly with the decadent warm scones, clotted cream and jam which was my personal highlight. Nom nom nom! And if you even have any room left there are mini brownies and macaroons aplenty to sink your teeth into. I was rather full at this point however I still managed to squeeze a couple in.

'There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea'

Henry James

What a splendid way to spend a Sunday Afternoon with bottomless prosecco, bottomless food, great company and the fantastic atmosphere that The Exchange has to offer! The service was spot on, the food delicious and the prosecco was flowing. The Exchange was shortlisted for 'Best Afternoon Tea'  in Leicester in Leicesters Tourism Awards 2016 and you can certainly see why! Whether you are after an afternoon out with your friends or want to buy someone a unique memorable gift I would highly recommend Bottomless Sundays at The Exchange.

Bottomless Sunday every week at The Exchange Bar Leicester 12.30pm - 3pm £25pp

Book your table HERE!


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