FOOD | Afternoon Tea at Heartfelt Vintage
My friend and I were very kindly invited down to Heartfelt Vintage, Bristol for a super traditional Afternoon Tea…
Heartfelt Vintage is a lovely little tea room, bridal shop and vintage clothing shop all mixed into one. It feels very homely and comfortable inside and I adored the vintage feel it has going on. Kate and Will are a husband and wife team who established Heartfelt Vintage in 2014 (find out more here). They were extremely accommodating and really lovely to chat to and our Afternoon Tea was a really lovely experience.
Kate and Will pride themselves with a truly traditional Afternoon Tea and that’s definitely something we were treated too – I felt exceptionally British, it was great!
Our homemade Afternoon Tea was brought out on traditional and beautiful china and we definitely felt completely spoiled! Will brought our Afternoon Tea to us and explained that everything is homemade in-house (including the bread for the sandwiches and the clotted cream for the scones!?) which I think is amazing and add’s to the whole experience. Also, if you’ve never tried homemade clotted cream then you need to – it’s life changing!
The sandwiches we had were; traditional Cucumber (very light and fresh), Coronation Chickpea (completely full of flavour and the chickpea’s were a really lovely change to the standard chicken option), Cheddar and Red Onion Chutney (my fave!) and Egg Mayo (we didn’t manage to try this one unfortunately, we were quite full, but it looked super yummy!). We also had two homemade scones with jam and clotted cream and the cakes were; Victoria Sponge with an Elderflower and Greengage filling (I loved the switch up of the usual jam and buttercream), Lemon and Polenta cake (which I sadly couldn’t have as I’m intolerant to lemon.. I tried a tiny bit anyway and it was incredible, very light and Summer-y), Millionaire’s Shortbread (one of my favourite sweet treats ever) and Chocolate Tiffin (another firm fave – chocolate-y goodness!). We accompanied our food with a Peppermint Tea each, as neither of us actually drink traditional tea.. So that makes us only half British right?!
Kate was super lovely and sat with us whilst we ate our Afternoon Tea and we chatted for so long – Kate was extremely easy to get along with and it was so nice chatting to her and asking questions about her and her husband’s business. We learnt that one of the most popular materials for wedding dresses, up until recently, has been lace due to Kate’s Royal Wedding Dress – isn’t it crazy that everyone jumps on the bandwagon like that?!
As you can see, there really are some beautiful and very vintage wedding dresses – my friend and I took great pleasure in having a browse through them. We also had a little look at the clothing on offer and I spotted a really cute polka dot blouse and a jacquard print dress, I had to refrain myself! Something else my friend noticed is the fact that lots of the vintage clothing had been hung off of wooden chairs, which really did look awesome and added to the whole vintage feel of the shop.
They’ve really maximized their space and made full use of it, ensuring that it doesn’t feel full or cramped. There’s nothing worse than walking into a ‘small’ shop and feeling suffocated and overwhelmed by everything. Kate and Will really have done a fab job!
I thoroughly enjoyed everything and I’m already planning my next trip back! If you live in or near the Bristol area then I highly recommend popping in for Afternoon Tea and having a browse of all the lovely clothing too.
*My Afternoon Tea was provided free of charge by Heartfelt Vintage(Bristol) for review purposes, however all opinion’s are my own.