Expect stunning interiors and a charming afternoon tea experience at Cornwall’s first Laura Ashley The Tea Room
PUBLISHED: 11:32 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:38 02 July 2019
An exquisite Cornish cream tea is not the only thing being served up in Cornwall’s first Laura Ashley The Tea Room at The Cornwall Hotel
When it comes to creating stunning interiors, few names hold the cache of Laura Ashley. Now you can surround yourself with the very best the company has to offer in the first Laura Ashley The Tea Room in Cornwall at The Cornwall Hotel.
The light-filled space seamlessly combines wallpapers, accessories and textiles from Laura Ashley's range alongside vintage accessories sourced locally. All of this is the perfect surroundings to enjoy a charming afternoon tea experience in a coastal setting located at The Cornwall Hotel.
"Our aim was to create a reflection of its past and the surrounding grounds, whilst also giving the space a sense of modernity and freshness," explains Kay Cullen, Laura Ashley designer. "We could not help but be inspired by the hotel's beautiful location and the local story of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
"To achieve this we have used pops of fiery orange off set with calming blues, mirrored panels to bring in the view and touches of vintage oriental in tea plates and art."
The stylish surrounds are matched by an equally stylish menu (served, of course, on prettily patterned china). Enjoy a brunch of eggs Benedict/Florentine, smashed avocado, pancakes or Cornish fishcakes, and stay for the afternoon and enjoy a classic cream tea (there's a vegan option available, as well as gluten-free and a children's version). Feast on finger sandwiches, handmade patisseries, cakes and scones (served with fresh Cornish clotted cream) and choose from the extensive range of Tregothnan teas (we recommend the bold Manuka Smoked Tea).
A first for me is the savoury afternoon tea featuring pulled pork slider, pork pie, a cheeseboard selection and served up with a cold beer. Dare I say a more macho menu alternative.
For something a little bit more refreshing, Frobisher's famous Bumbleberry Juice is available to accompany the afternoon tea as an alternative non-alcoholic beverage, and to match the menu for the children's afternoon tea selection.
The coastal-inspired tea room is the sixth in the Laura Ashley collection and the first to open in Cornwall, and is sure to attract guests from near and far.