Southport…my home town.
I haven’t spent much time here over the last 6 years with living abroad but in secret collaboration with my sister we managed to surprise my mum with Afternoon Tea at The Vincent Hotel this weekend. The weather was sumptuous as we meandered our way across town, trying to ignore my mum asking every 5 minutes where we are going! Sorry mum, I feel bad for ignoring you I didn’t mean to, I just didn’t want to give the game away!
Southport is a coastal town, I forgot just how seasidey it is. I found myself desperate for candy floss, loving the familiar sound of seagulls, the casino ambience of slot machines and the best of all, that gorgeous mouth watering smell of fish and chips! I was transported right back to my childhood. These are moments I took for granted as a youngster or is it maybe now I am older I have more of an appreciation? Southport as usual was heaving, the sun was shining as were all the mothers and grandmothers being treated. Happy Mothers Day to you all!
The Vincent Hotel proudly stands on Lord Street, the central and busiest street in Southport. It opened in 2008 and is built on the site of the old Picture Palace cinema, it’s a great location with heaps of amenities close by if you are treating yourself to a vacay.
Decor and interior of a venue is important for me, it is modern and contemporary with a stylish and welcoming entrance.
There are two restaurants both extremely popular, the V-Cafe and Sushi Bar and Vincent Pacific the latter serving an array of Asian inspired dishes. For this occasion we were directed upstairs to a function room where Mother’s Day was being celebrated separately. It felt serene but I kinda felt like I was at a wedding. None the less it was clean, spacious and full of ladies celebrating being awesome.
There are four types of Afternoon Tea:
- A selection of mini sandwiches, homemade cakes, scones with clotted cream & jam. All served with a choice of teas or coffee – £13.95 per person.
- Prosecco Afternoon Tea with an added glass of Prosecco – £19.95 per person.
- Champagne Afternoon Tea with an added glass of champagne and strawberries – £21.95 per person.
- Children’s Afternoon Tea – £9.95 per person.
Our delights were nobly and traditionally served on a cake stand (note to self I must buy one of those). The food was flavourful but the service was slightly disappointing. I had barely sat down when I was asked what Afternoon Tea we wanted. Erm I don’t know can I just sit down first please! Not a good start for me as service is key to my experience, personally and as a blogger. It did however slightly improve but unfortunately it wasn’t the smoothest of experiences. The food nonetheless was appetising and certainly did it’s job of filling us up.
My eyes are always bigger than my tummy, I always feel like I am about to eat the table when I have Afternoon Tea as I usually starve myself all morning in pure excitement but a few sandwiches and a scone later I am fit to burst.
Brunch rating: 6.5/10.
Perfect for: Catch-ups and gatherings.
Nearest transport: A short walk from Southport Train Station, on a central line for various bus journeys and heaps of parking options.
Price: Good value for money.
Definitely a great location to pop in and satisfy any hunger cravings. If you have been or are planning to go, I would love to hear your views!
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