Picture this, a tall glass of prosecco: twinkling, sparkling perfection. It brings added joy to anything it is paired with, which is why I jumped at the chance to visit the fabulous quaint ‘Prosecco Parlour’ for afternoon tea.
The Prosecco Parlour is one of Derby’s hidden little gems and can be found in the Strand Arcade, Cathedral Quarter. It is located on the first floor of the shop. I was welcomed by owners Lisa and Lynda who are very friendly and endeavour to make sure you’re well catered for.
As I walked up the original wooden staircase to the Prosecco Parlour I was pleasantly surprised at the cosy, comfortable and bijou setting that greeted me. It is styled in a throw-back to the days of reserving your parlour room for visiting guests and special occasions. Few things are more decadent than settling down to a meal dedicated to pure indulgence. The room certainly adds to the ambience of the afternoon tea experience.
The tea itself was pleasingly sized – not too little, not too much. The sandwiches were crustless, soft and classic: egg and watercress, Red Leicester with caramelised red onion chutney and roast beef with rocket and mustard. Added bonuses were the savouries: cheese and herb muffins and parma ham palmiers. They were delicious and fresh. However, for me, it’s all about the sweets. Cakes included the time-honoured favourite’s zangy lemon meringue tartlets, enticingly moist carrot cake and quintessential macaroons filled with white chocolate and raspberry ganache.
The perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea would ordinarily be tea (or coffee which is included in the price) but I’m in the Prosecco Parlour so it would be rude not have prosecco, right? I choose a cherry prosecco cocktail to stimulate my senses with its soft bubbles and sweetness. It does not disappoint. A pleasurable end to the finest of feasts!
The intimacy of the parlour and reasonable price of the afternoon tea (£19.50 per person excluding prosecco/prosecco cocktails/cocktails/any other alcoholic drink) make this a good option for both a memorable sneaky treat and special occasion.
If you fancy your afternoon tea experience with a festive twist, they have revamped their classic afternoon tea menu to add a touch of Christmas to it (£22.50 per person prosecco/prosecco cocktails/cocktails/any other alcoholic drink).
Will I return? Of course, I’ll be there in a Prosecco! I may also have to buy a bottle or two of prosecco from the shop on my way out!
Click here for more information about the Prosecco Parlour.
Author Joanna Fisher.