Gin & Tonic Afternoon Tea at Waterhead takes the concept of tipsy cake to a whole new level.
We have incorporated five - yes five! - Gins, plus a signature Gin and Fever-Tree tonic of your choice, to our scrumptious sumptuous offering. Here are the gins that Chef has woven into this afternoon delight.
The Lakes Gin Cured Salmon
We couldn’t prepare a G & T Afternoon Tea without including our local Lake District gin. Situated in a beautiful area next to Bassenthwaite Lake and surround by the idyllic Cumbrian fells, The Lakes distillery sources its water from the famous River Derwent, just outside its front door.
Chef has incorporated The Lakes Gin as part of a marinade to cure the fresh salmon which is the star of the Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel. This adds a fresh citrus and fruity flavour to the salmon – delicious!
Brockmans Gin-Infused Strawberry Jam
Infusing strawberry jam with Brockmans Gin is a little stroke of genius. The gin reflects the flavour of the eleven botanicals sourced from right around the globe – Juniper from Italy, Cassia bark and Liquorice from Indo China, Lemon Peel and Almond Oil from Spain as well as several fruits from Europe.
This adds a rich citrus, fruity, woody taste to our premium quality strawberry jam. Ready to load up your scone with lashings of clotted cream. Now, the great debate, which do we put on first – jam or cream?
Sipsmith Gin & Fever Tree Tonic Lemon-Drizzle Frosting
It started off as simply frosting on the lemon drizzle cake, but we loved it so much that Chef has also incorporated it in the drizzle right through the sponge. This is a cake oozing with gin zing. Sipsmith Gin, handcrafted using traditional gin making methods, is a particularly dry gin with its own zesty, citrus finish. Add to that the crisp, fresh fizz of award-winning Fever Tree Tonic and you have got a taste bud sensation. This is lemon drizzle at its finest.
Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Chocolate Éclair
Our Chocolate Eclairs have a touch of royalty about them. The Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin is made from a crop of rhubarb originally grown in the kitchen garden of Buckingham Palace during Queen Victoria’s reign. The fruit is added to Warner Edwards Harrington Dry gin for a sweet and tangy flavour.
Our afternoon tea eclairs are filled with fresh cream infused with this delightful royal rhubarb tang.
Williams Chase Sloe Gin Trifle
William Chase is Britain's first and only farm to bottle sloe gin. Slow berries from their local Hertfordshire hedgerows are combined with mulberries. They are then gently macerated in Chase GB Gin and aged in red wine casks.
With much experimenting, Chef has chosen William Chase Sloe gin as the perfect ingredient for our Afternoon Tea trifle, adding a rich plummy sweetness with just the right amount of fresh tartness.
A Signature Gin of your Choice
As well as these gin-inspired treats and Tea Pigs loose leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee, choose any one of Waterhead’s signature Gins from our vast gin library to round off
Book Your Waterhead G & T Afternoon Tea
We hope this has teased your tastebuds and you are ready to try something new. Take a look at the full Waterhead G & T Afternoon Tea menu here (link to menu) and call 015394 30708 to book your table.