A very pleasant surprise @Hogarths Stone Manor

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If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know that I love writing about things that make me smile.

Well, the very beautiful Hogarth’s Stone Manor was such a delightful experience, it certainly caused me to smile when we visited recently.

We are regulars at Hogarths Solihull (read about their amazing fish finger sandwich here) and so I knew a little about Stone Manor and had even glimpsed a few photographs in a brochure. However, nothing had prepared me for just how beautiful this hotel actually is.

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Set in 27 acres of picturesque landscaped grounds and unspoilt woodland…

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…you feel as if you’ve just walked onto the set of a period drama.

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Which is unsurprising as the original Stone Manor dates back to the Doomsday Book. It was rebuilt in 1926 after a fire, became a private members club in  the 1960’s and eventually became a hotel in the 1970’s. The Hogarths became the new owners in 2015 and the refurbishment began.

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Inside, the hotel has been furnished to an extremely high standard with some of the rooms having four poster beds and spa baths. It is a popular venue for diners, fairytale weddings and conferences.

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The restaurant too, is beautifully designed – the perfect mix of classic with a modern touch.

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They serve 2 or 3 course fixed price menus as well as a seasonal A La Carte menu which includes their speciality flambé dishes. On this occasion, as it was a gloriously sunny day we decided to opt for afternoon tea on the terrace.

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Served between 2pm and 6pm, afternoon tea starts at £5.95 with options including traditional afternoon tea at £18.00, with a cocktail at £23.00 and sparkling afternoon tea priced at £28.00. They also serve a monthly themed afternoon teas for £23.50 – which is what we decided to have.

Behold…the Best of British.

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The afternoon tea was served in two parts, with the savoury selection first. This was a tasty selection of ‘British’ classics; a BLT, cheese and pineapple on a stick, a variation on a fish finger sandwich and the most delicious homemade pork pie EVER.

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Then after a suitable breather (and a glass of wine!) a delightful collection of desserts arrived.

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This carnival of confection included a rich fruit cake and a light and creamy Pimms Cheesecake.

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The most incredibly refreshing gin jelly.

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And sugar topped scones complete with the usual jam and clotted cream but with the added delight of Stone Manors very own lemon curd.

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I’ve written before about how afternoon tea will always make it on my ‘perfect day‘ list, but I honestly can’t think of a nicer way to spend an afternoon than enjoying wonderful food in such a beautiful setting.

Hogarths Stone Manor was a beautiful surprise that deserves to be discovered by everyone in search of a hidden gem.

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Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel

Stone

Kidderminster

Worcestershire

DY10 4PJ

This meal was not complimentary and I did not receive any reward for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and all photographs were taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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