A plain cracker can perfectly compliment a range of cheeses, a Jammy Dodger less so.
When Diane Murray ordered cheese and biscuits after a meal at an as yet unnamed restaurant she was brought out a smorgasbord of brie, cheddar and red leicester, along with custard creams, Jammy Dodgers and bourbons.
My favourite thing about this is how elegantly they are arranged, as if the chef was aware something might not be right about the dish and tried to made up for it with presentation pizazz.
"If you need cheering up, here's a photo of the time my stepmum asked for cheese and biscuits at a hotel," daughter Steph Kerr wrote on Twitter alongside many crying with laughter emoji.
14 best afternoon teas
14 best afternoon teas
1/3 The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, Wales
This has a reputation for serving the best Afternoon Tea in Wales and it has awards to prove it. It’s served by the roaring fire in the cosy but elegant Wedgewood Room, where you can enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea with a choice of 40 different teas and a choice of three sparkling wines and champagne, available by the glass or bottle. From £21.80 per person www.angelabergavenny.com/dining
2/3 Hotel du Vin, Birmingham
At one time, this ornate Victorian red brick building was the Birmingham Eye Hospital, making it a distinctive location for the Hotel du Vin chain's largest hotel. Located in the newly revitalised Jewellery Quarter, the award winning bar is a relaxing haven from the hustle and bustle of the city and the Afternoon Tea is utterly divine. Opt for the G&T tea if you can. It’s quirky and delicious. From £15.50 per person https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/birmingham/bistro/
3/3 Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire
Cliveden House is being refurbished bit by bit and the great hall is next on the list, providing a truly magnificent setting for this Cliveden’s highly popular Afternoon Tea. The three tiered selection includes fine finger sandwiches, warm scones, miniature cakes and pastries and the famous Cliveden fruit cake and Cliveden-blend tea. Add a nice kick with the Cliveden ’66 cocktail or opt for their chocolate-themed tea. You can also enjoy valet parking and a stroll around the National Trust gardens afterwards. From £35.00 per person http://www.clivedenhouse.co.uk/restaurant/afternoon-tea/afternoon_tea_menu_taittinger.aspx
Diane has promised to reveal the name of the hotel where the unusual dessert was served in return for Comic Relief donations.