To kick things off for National Afternoon Tea week, I have written about our experience at The Good Loaf, based on Overstone Road in Northampton, where we tried their Afternoon Tea service with a difference.
The Good Loaf was originally not an obvious choice for afternoon tea, as there was no mention of their service on their website. However, whilst I was looking out for places to enjoy Afternoon Tea during the national week, I was recommended The Good Loaf's Afternoon Tea by Mrs T Bakes, another local baker, so I took her word and we booked our table.
What was not an obvious choice for Afternoon Tea has now turned into a choice I would consider in the future if I end up back in Northampton town.
Set in an old shoe factory, The Good Loaf are known for their hand-crafted artisan bread produced in Northamptonshire using the best local ingredients. But that's not the only USP that makes them stand out.
They are a unique social enterprise who are passionate about giving people a chance, as their staff are made up of experienced staff, community volunteers and women on a work experience programme, giving them the skills and confidence to secure jobs in the hospitality industry, which is such a wonderful concept!
Despite difficulty finding a car park space upon first arriving, we entered the building and climbed up the stairs to be surprised with how much space the cafe had.
We were quickly sat down by one of the volunteers and I was surprised just how quickly our afternoon tea came out.
Top tip: As with most Afternoon Tea services, pre-booking is required, hence why ours came out on time!
For two people, there was such a wide selection of sweet and savoury treats that we were afraid of not finishing it all. However, a kind lady who worked there approached us and gently reminded us that if there were any leftovers, we could take them home in a box; which I thought was a nice touch.
The Good Loaf's Afternoon Tea wasn't your traditional afternoon tea, but it was full of surprises.
We were given three tiers of sandwiches, from white to brown bread and with so many different fillings to satisfy our taste buds.
Fillings included Tuna and Sweetcorn with Mayo, Peppered Beef and smoked cheese, Ham and Tomato and Pepper and Aubergine. All the sandwiches were stuffed with filling, which was excellent because no one likes a dry sandwich. And the proof of how good their bread is was in their sandwiches as they were so fresh and delectable.
The sweet treats included an indulgent chocolate brownie, a raspberry and coconut cake and a HUGE homemade fruit scone, complimented with clotted cream and homemade raspberry jam made by Friars Farm. The scone was light and fluffy and my only wish was that there was more than one because it was so good! The homemade jam was a huge highlight and was to die for as it was sweet, fruity and full of flavour. Again, I only wish I had more!
To wash all this down, we each got a generous pot of English tea, a saucer of milk, plus sugar to sweeten. The tea lasted us the whole time.
All the sandwiches and cakes were presented well and there was plenty to eat between two. Personally, I wish there were more sweet treats than savoury, but I walked out of there completely satisfied and full.
Afternoon Tea at The Good Loaf is served between 12pm to 3.30pm Monday to Saturday and is for a minimum of 2 people. Pre-booking is required and costs £10 a head.
📍 First Floor, 1-9 Overstone Road, Northampton, NN1 3JL
01604 824 084