Thursday, 9 April 2015

Afternoon tea at the lounge

Last Saturday, my mother and I headed over to The Cube in the Mailbox, Birmingham for some special mother and daughter time before I depart for the land of Oz on Sunday. I originally purchased afternoon tea for two on Groupon as a special Mother's Day treat, but decided this was the perfect excuse to fit in some last minute shopping, and also enjoy some quality time together on a rainy afternoon (not something we get to do very often). 

Apart from being quite difficult to find (I am not overly familiar with The Cube), I must say, I was rather impressed. The Lounge itself, (which forms part of the Club and Spa at The Cube) was very cosy indeed, overlooking some of Birmingham's finest canals. But what about the afternoon tea itself? Did it live up to its expectations? Of course it did. I wouldn't have expected anything less from the Mailbox. After struggling to locate its whereabouts, we finally arrived in good time, and were greeted by our waitress who offered us a choice of tea or coffee to start, (of course we went for tea). She then checked to see if we had any dietary requirements, before showing us to our seats overlooking the canal. Throughout the afternoon the service was on point - we were presented with our tea and an array of delicious finger sandwiches and cakes in little under ten minutes.

Included on our three tier cake stand was a gooey chocolate brownie, a crunchy seeded caramel flapjack, a succulent carrot cake and two classic British scones with fresh jam and cream, not forgetting a choice of finger sandwiches on both white and brown bloomer bread. We were truly spoilt for choice. Saying that, I think we could have done with a few more sandwiches (this was our lunch after all), as the ratio of sandwiches to cakes was enough to make anyone have a slight heart attack...

Of course, we managed to get through the food in no time (including all the cakes) even though I was adamant I wasn't going to eat them all, and would be taking some home with me. The temptation was clearly too much - these cakes were truly delicious! This was the perfect afternoon, and for just £16, I couldn't complain. I was slightly annoyed that I didn't purchase the deal with the glass of prosecco each to finish for an extra five pound. However, this didn't stop me treating us both to a glass of white to toast my big move in a few days time.

So would I come back? Definitely, but maybe in the summer months when it's a bit warmer and you're not left watching the rain. Saying that, this didn't stop people from celebrating the long Easter weekend out on the canal. I am not sure if the offer is still running on Groupon, but either way, this is the perfect little hideout after a long days shopping, or if you just fancy a bite to eat. They have a range of light snacks and drinks for you to choose from on the menu in addition to the afternoon tea. I for one loved the fresh modern decor, including the funky leather sofas, colourful armchairs and oden wall panels. Very chic indeed! It looked like many other mother's and daughter's had a similar idea too - the place was overflowing with women of all ages. 

Have you visited The Lounge before? What do you think of afternoon tea?


  1. Looks like you had a lovely time. I love visiting The Club and Spa, but not tried their afternoon tea. Looks great though x

  2. Such a beautiful post, you both look gorgeous and the afternoon tea looked lovely :) xxx Check out my latest blog post at !! Xx followers are desperately needed xxxxx


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