Mince pies, Christmas cake and turkey and stuffing sandwiches are among the plethora of tasty treats that many of us enjoy at this time of year.
They’re also among the foods that can be found in festive afternoon teas which are now available from many businesses across the county.
Although we aren’t currently able to go and sit in a cafe or restaurant and enjoy such a meal, we can still indulge in a festive afternoon tea at home, with collections and deliveries available.
One place offering home deliveries is Tea with Millie and Ellie. Based in Wigston, it offers deliveries across Leicestershire.
That service, combined with the delicious-looking food I’d seen in photographs, easily persuaded me to give one of the festive afternoon teas a try.
What is Tea with Millie and Ellie?
Tea with Millie and Ellie is described as a ‘travelling tea room’.
It is owned and run by Trish Chaney, and is named after her two girls. According to Trish, since having her daughters, she had wanted to start her own business, and so, with 25 years of catering experience behind her, she launched Tea with Millie and Ellie.
She aims to offer something ‘a little bit different and a little bit special.’
Afternoon teas can be ordered all year round, with festive specials currently available.
There’s two varieties to choose from – the standard festive afternoon tea for £12.50 per person, and the premium festive afternoon tea for £17.50 per person.
The standard variety includes finger sandwiches filled with roast turkey, bacon and a mayonnaise stuffing, brie, cranberry and spinach, and smoked salmon and cream cheese.
There’s also a white chocolate and cranberry scone with clotted cream and jam and a selection of homemade treats including brandy-soaked Christmas cake, salted caramel chocolate brownie, mini amaretto mince pie, raspberry amoretti biscuit, and almond and ginger Florentine.
With the premium variety, you also get a homemade festive sausage roll, a Scotch egg, and tomato and mozzarella tart.
I ordered two of the premium festive afternoon teas, as I wanted to share the goodies with my two boys and reckoned that would give us plenty of food to share between us.
Plus the extras you get with the premium version happen to include two of my sons’ favourite foods – Scotch egg and sausage roll.
Collection is available, from Wigston, on Monday and Tuesday, and collections and deliveries across the county are available Wednesday to Saturday.
I opted for a delivery (on a Thursday) and these are being carried out between 9.30am and 12.30pm during December.
Delivered to our door
Mine arrived just after 10am, looking fabulous in two neatly presented boxes, tied together with a ribbon.
Despite almost drooling over the contents of the boxes, I resisted the temptation to start eating straight away, and instead put them to one side (some of the components went in the fridge) to share with my boys after school.
It’s safe to say they were impressed with the look of the food, and we all eagerly began to try it.
The boys enjoyed the sausage rolls and Scotch eggs (with beautifully soft, golden yolks) and I was impressed by the tomato and mozzarella tart with its flavoursome filing and buttery pastry case.
As for the sandwiches, the turkey, bacon and mayonnaise stuffing sandwiches were a super version of this favourite festive combination, and the brie, cranberry and spinach was creamy and sweet – and might even have pipped the turkey at the post as being my favourite of the fillings.
I wouldn’t usually order smoked salmon, as I’m not a fan of the texture, but, in the interest of the review, I tried it. While I can appreciate that the cream cheese forms a good partner to the smoked salmon, that fish is still not one for me.
There was a great selection of sweet options in the box, with the salted caramel brownies being eagerly devoured by myself and my chocolate-mad youngest son.
I love a slice of iced Christmas cake, and the brandy-soaked version here was excellent – moist, fruity, and a bit boozy! The mini amaretto mince pies were also a tasty take on another Christmas classic.
I’ve not tried a white chocolate and cranberry scone before, but based on the one included, I’d say it’s a winning combination. It tasted great on its own, but I couldn’t resist adding a good slathering of indulgent clotted cream and strawberry jam.
The raspberry amoretti biscuits were delicious, with a crispy exterior and soft, slightly chewy centre. The Florentines offered a lovely combination of flavours, with a welcome zing from the ginger, and an enjoyable crispy and chewy texture.
Also included were a couple of Taylors spiced Christmas teabags, which provided a lovely warming, citrussy drink to accompany the food.
This was a very good afternoon tea, which all three of us enjoyed – probably the sweet treats most of all! The only part that I wouldn’t rush to eat again is the smoked salmon sandwich, but that’s down to my personal taste.
For the quality and quantity, and given that the price includes delivery to your door wherever you are in Leicestershire, I reckon that £17.50 per person is a fair price to pay.
Why not treat yourself, or someone you know? I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Our verdict: 4/5
Food hygiene rating: 5/5