Towards the end of the Ruislip High Street is a hidden hotel called The Barn – it’s a cute little find not far from where I live. The lounge area is plush with sofas and as we were a group of 7 plus a baby we were given a cosy area to relax in.
The afternoon tea menu of £12.95 each is reasonable when compared to London prices and you get a plate of sandwiches, home-made scones – some with raisins and others without thankfully and an array of cakes, macaroons and eclairs. The sandwich selection was minimal – egg mayo, cheese and roasted pepper/tomato on normal bread and I felt that they could have been more experimental.
The sweet treats were delicious – the scones heaped with jam and clotted cream were tasty and the bite-sized cakes – carrot, coconut and madeira were melt in the mouth. The macaroons weren’t so great but nothing really compares to Laduree!!
Although there were enough sandwiches to go around – it would have been nice to have been offered a replenishment as they do in most afternoon tea places but for the price I wouldn’t expect this. Though more tea would have been good…