As Coventry is still basking in the glory of winning the UK Capital of Culture2021, I thought I’d share with you one of the city’s small cultural attractions.
The Priory Visitors Centre is slap bang in the middle of the city centre opposite Nando’s. Built over the remains of Coventry’s first cathedral, excavation work gave archaeologists the opportunity to uncover details of much of the original cathedral and tell the story of this amazing part of Coventry’s history.
Priory Visitor Centre & Undercroft is now open as a social enterprise and last weekend I took my mum there for a Victorian Afternoon tea.
Our menu for this experience was prepared to authentic recipes by Leigh Waite from the Heritage Pantry – maker of the famous Coventry God Cakes – and included these afternoon tea treats to get us into the festive spirit:
Cheese “Oliver” Twists
Surprisingly, one of our teatime favourites is a Victorian invention – we’ve added a touch of Dickens to fit the season
Potted Beef and Potted Ham
Another teatime classic, home cooked meats, all prepared, potted and butter sealed, served with oatcakes.
Hand Raised Christmas Pies
A duo of classic pork pies, hand raised by CH Rowley Ltd of Arley, in the time honoured way, and topped with homemade cranberry and apple chutney, plus cider apple sauce.
Another classic – no afternoon tea is quite right without them, and they are the epitome of what a fine lady might have served up to her tea guests. We had cucumber and egg.
Mr Fezziwig’s Festive Fruit Cake
Traditional mini sized fruit cakes, made to a Victorian recipe, and topped with a touch of marzipan and Royal icing.
Mr Dickens Delight
A classic Tipsy style cake, inspired by the fabulous Mrs Beeton’s recipe.
Rum Butter Tarts
Delightful little tartlets filled with fruit and spices, a change from mince pies to add a twist to our tea.
Classic Victoria Sponge Cakes
The ultimate cake to grace our seasonal Victorian tea plate. They came in different flavours, such as almond, or even orange, but the mini cakes on our platter today were in the modern sandwich form of the cake that we know so well.
Tiny Tim’s Treats – Handmade Rum Truffles
Crystallised chestnuts and handmade rum truffles.
All washed down with lashings of tea and mulled wine! For £20 per person it was great value and a lovely way to experience an afternoon tea with a twist.
Check The Priory Visitor Centre’s Facebook page for future events.