Looking to try an afternoon tea with a difference? Look no further than Burley Manor, a gorgeous historic country house, in the heart of the New Forest. Their rustic kitchen and restaurant takes inspiration from the Mediterranean to create fantastic dishes and their aptly named ‘Afternoon tapas & no tea for me”.
Burley Manor’s restaurant prizes itself on creating rustic and seasonal plates created with the very best ingredients and vibrant flavours of the Med. The afternoon tapas is a perfect example and is so good that you won’t want to leave. The great thing is, you don’t have to if you stay the night!
I absolutely love living so close to the New Forest and this country house gets some of the most spectacular views surrounding including a deer park right opposite.
After being greeted at the doors we were led in to the grand drawing room, immediately served glasses of Prosecco and got settled in for an afternoon of eating. Now that’s my kind of Sunday!
The afternoon tapas menu is set but changes with the seasons and the ingredients that reflect this.
Served up on large wooden boards were zesty bowls of freshly made cous cous with tomato and cucumber, homemade humous with pine nuts and ‘dukkah’ an Egyptian spice blend, stone baked tortillas, lamb koftas with a spiced yoghurt and saving the best until last bread crumbed cheesy risotto balls. These little bites from heaven were filled with melting mozzarella, rice and a hint or garlic. So good just the memory of them is making my mouth is water as I type.
After demolishing the tapas it was time for dessert! Like the mains, the puddings change according to the seasons and so we were treated with tasty miniature homemade carrot cakes, chocolate paves, a vanilla and mango panna cotta and a lemon meringue pie. Almost too cute to eat, but who are we kidding!
I ended the visit stuffed full and oh so content. Now I can’t wait to return for another round!