I love a good Afternoon Tea but I’ve never been on a Sky High Tea before
So when I got an invitation to join Robert’s Bakery and try out some of their new products at a Sky High Tea, I couldn’t say no. Did someone say baked goods? The bakery aisle has always been my favourite. Roberts is a northern bakery that has been around since 1887 and is currently embracing the new with some awesome new products.
What is a Sky High Tea you ask? It’s afternoon tea…on a table that’s suspended 100ft in the air. Not one for the faint hearted!
A few weeks ago on a particularly wet day, myself and some fellow lovely ladies from We Blog North headed over to the Etihad Stadium to meet with the brand.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but the Robert’s team were absolutely lovely and explained away all our fears. I’m actually afraid of heights myself but luckily not enough to stop myself doing things like this! We were perfectly safe as each chair came with seat belts and no handbags were allowed to come with us. We were also protected from the rain with a cover so that was very reassuring.
If you have a spare half hour you should definitely check out the other’s blogs: Jacinta, Kirsten, Laura, Holly, Kat and Asma. So once we were all individually strapped into our seats (which can spin 360 degrees btw!), we were off!
The table rose a hell of a lot faster than I was expected and before I knew it, we were 100ft up. It actually didn’t feel that high at all…until you looked down of course!
Once we were all used to the height, it was time to get down to business. Afternoon tea time. Here was the menu:
Stilton, Walnuts and oh-so-sweet Pear, on Seriously Seeded Bloomer
Creamy Wild Mushroom Crispy Bacon on Mightily Malted Bloomer
Chorizo, Fabulous Feta and Rocket on Wondrous White Bloomer
Peri-Peri Chicken on Fiery Corn Ready-to Rolls
I could only eat the chicken and the mushroom sandwiches as I don’t eat pork but I can confirm that they were both delicious. My favourite was definitely the chicken as I loved the combo of the peri peri with the fire corn roll.
The middle tier:
Fresh Courgette, Mushroom and Turmeric Mini Loaf
Marbled Red Pesto and Pink Peppercorn Mini Loaf with Creamy Goats Cheese centre
and a special surprise of Bijou White Bread roll with a centre of Camembert and Rose Jelly.
The latter was my favourite as I’m a massive fan of camembert. The goats cheese roll was my least favourite as although I love goats cheese, I’ve discovered that I’m not a fan of pink peppercorn. It was just a tad overpowering for me. The courgette was also very tasty but the camembert was a clear winner.
Sticky Toffee Scones with Soft Fudge and Dates
Lemon and Orange Scones made with zest and squeezed juices then mixed with candied citrus
Both served with clotted cream
I loved the citrus scone but I could have eaten the sticky toffee one all day and every day. Still dreaming about it now! I’ve never had a flavoured scone before (unless you count cheese) so this was a lovely change from regular scones.
Finally, we were all given a taste of Robert’s gin and tonic fun buns.
I was a bit apprehensive as I’m really not a fan of gin (probably comes from my rebellious teenage self taking a swig of a bottle from my parents liquor cabinet and instantly regretting it…) but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by these. They have the sweetness that you’d want from something that’s called a fun bun but then they have that kick of gin at the end. The kick isn’t too overpowering for someone like myself that doesn’t like it. But it’s enough of a kick that gin fans will love it. Apparently things that are supposedly gin flavoured are usually way too subtle so this definitely hits the mark for all you gin lovers out there.
After a lovely afternoon tea, we headed back down to earth where we were sent on our way with some goody bags. I was really happy to find that one of the items was the gin buns. Also, Topher got to try the firey corn rolls which were definitely up his street!
Thanks Robert’s for a great experience that certainly livened up what would have probably been a dull Thursday lunchtime!