One of the best things I’ve found from being ‘online’, ‘sharenting’ my life through pictures and stories of my family is the friendships that I’ve made along the way – and it’s been a complete surprise. Yes, the hashtags have a sense of community, if you can find the right one that works for you, and yes it’s a great way of keeping up with what your friends, but what I wasn’t prepared for was meeting a new ‘Tribe’ of local ladies, who just ‘get it’ and who I LOVE spending time with.
On Wednesday this week, just ahead of Mother’s Day, a group of us #SurreyMummys and ladies from Surrey Blogger Collective, got together at The Ivy Cobham Brasserie for Afternoon Tea and to celebrate the arrival of three babes in the group due this Spring.
In the heart of leafy Surrey, The Ivy Cobham Brasserie (which is now two years old) offers a sophisticated, all-day dining experience, featuring a packed and scrumptious all-day menu of breakfast, elevenses, lunch, light snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails, weekend brunch and dinner. It also boasts a semi-private dining area, upstairs on a mezzanine level, offering the ideal setting to toast our friends and shower them with gifts.
After enjoying the views of the river from the outdoor seating area, we headed upstairs and took our seats in the beautifully decorated Private Dining Area. At each of our seats was a stack of goodies from local and independent brands and boutiques including illustrator The Loyal Kingdom, Loel & Co and gorgeous delights from gift shop Blue Bell 33, Weybridge. There was a beautiful SS19 pouch from Joules, baby bath bubbles from Aveno and a cute teddy from JoJo Maman Bebe – and I thought it was only the mums to be who was supposed to be spoilt!
As excitement levels started to rise, at the prospect of the yummy delights on the menu in front of us, we were each poured a glass of the finest bubbles from a bottle of The Ivy Collection House Champagne, which is just utterly divine. Shortly after an exquisite display of sweet and savoury delights arrived on a tiered china and silver platter.
Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Cobham Brasserie [image @surrey_mama]
Starting with the savoury, the sandwiches (which we ordered seconds of!) included a truffled chicken brioche roll, a cucumber and dill finger sandwich and smoked salmon on dark rye style bread with cream cheese and chives. For one of the ladies in the group, a special gluten free alternative was provided (do try to give at least 48 hours warning, we didn’t and the restaurant was very accommodating).
For our sweet (and second course) we were presented with warm fruited scones with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Divine!
Finally, we just about managed to squeeze in the carefully crafted sweets, tasting raspberry cheesecake in a pastry crust, chocolate and salted caramel mousse (which was presented in a mini spring flower pot) and a crème brûlée doughnut. To accompany my sweet course I chose a pot of The Ivy Breakfast Leaf Tea.
After the tea, tradition called for a game. Our Baby Name Expert and Channel Mum friend SJ Strum hosted a wonderful Baby Name game, helping the ladies with some inspiration on what to call their bumps. ‘Rusty Thorn’ was up there with just some of the colour, initial and floral inspired ideas that gave us a giggle.
Overall it was such a gorgeous afternoon filled with fun, delicious food and friendships – just the treat we all needed ahead of Mother’s Day this weekend. If you’re looking for somewhere to spoil your mum, mum friend to be or even yourself, The Ivy Collection of Brasseries never disappoints!
Well I feel I’ve quite had my fill of treats this March, Spa days, Pamper Evenings, Afternoon Tea, but this Sunday there’s nothing I’m looking forward to more than spending the day with my boys. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, really hope it’s a good one.
Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Cobham Brasserie costs £18.95 and includes a choice of teas, infusions or coffees or £26.50 with a glass of Champagne. Booking recommended, but the Brasserie do keep a number of tables available for walk ups. For more information and to see the full menus visit The Ivy Cobham Brasserie.
Our afternoon at The Ivy Cobham was kindly gifted to us in return for a review of the experience. Images in post credited to The Ivy Collection and Surrey Mama