Down a tree lined road in Bromborough on the Wirral you can find the Dibbinsdale Inn. Now a Pesto restaurant, it also has twelve rooms and apparently is home to a few ghosts too. Must be fun at Halloween.
We had booked an ‘Italian style’ afternoon tea for three people and were quickly taken to a nice table by a nice waiter. Declining the offer of Prosecco for an extra £3 we ordered the first of our ‘unlimited’ hot drinks and asked for a few moments before the food was brought out so we could indulge in a bit of gossip.
The only thing I could say when the food was brought out was ‘Wow this looks yum’. Served on a three tier afternoon tea stand were our treats with a twist. Instead of triangle sandwiches and Victoria sponges we had bruschetta, tomato and mozzarella slices, chicken on ciabatta and king prawns on rocket. Lots and lots of bread but then I love a good carbohydrate!
The second tier consisted of mini tiramisu, mini berry cheesecakes and a bitesize lemon tarts. Finally we got a good old scone with jam, cream and oddly enough hazelnut spread. All in all, more than enough food for the three of us.
As we tucked in, it became apparent that one of the others didn’t like prawns, so as a dutiful pal I scoffed two of those in quick succession. I was rewarded for my greediness as they were absolutely beautiful. The tarts I ate in a single mouthful (yes I am a pig) and unfortunately I don’t like tiramisu so left that to my friends.
I am and always have been a big fan of scones with jam and cream, and this time even tried them with a little hazelnut spread. I can only say that it was an interesting combination that I won’t be trying again anytime soon. Maybe it’s the traditionalist in me but jam and cream (and butter too if I can get away with it) is just fine for me.
In amongst all that I polished off a few pots of tea and had lots of compelling conversation. All this for £12.95 per person too. Bargain, especially as I was paying half the bill 😋