Mother’s are an important presence in every human’s life. At the very least, they gave us existence, carried us for up to nine months and endured labour. For most, a mother is the strongest presence in your life, teaching you right and wrong and showing you the way. For a lot, a mother is your best friend, someone you can rely on, someone who shows unconditional love, someone to turn to and someone who will always be there for you. In England, we celebrate Mother’s Day in March. A day to show appreciation for mother’s and celebrate the wonderful mother’s in your life.
My mum is my absolute best friend, a constant anchor in my whirlwind of a life, a great support in my boomerang lifestyle and one of the few people I have total trust and faith in. There is nothing I love more than spending quality time with her and with me leaving the country again in just over a week for an eight month duration, the time we spend together is increasingly limited and therefore special. I couldn’t let Mother’s Day drift by without celebrating in style with a classy dose of afternoon tea.
Chilli Cake Deli is a cute little cafe located on Baker Street, Middlesbrough that I have drove past for years. Since first sight, it has always intrigued me and I have been an avid follower of the cafe’s Instagram. Raving reviews and delicious photos, it is a wonder it took me so long to visit… but it was 100% worth the wait.
The cafe itself is a beautiful sight with an adorable, rustic decor giving it a homely and comforting vibe, the perfect location to sip a steaming cup of tea. On a typical day, diners can pop in between 9am-4pm (Mon-Sat) for a bite to eat and a slurp of tea from the gorgeous collection of homemade cakes on offer and an endless variety of tea. Today, it was booking only and each table was adorned with a cute reservation welcoming you. The staff are the friendliest people you can ever meet with a warm greeting, a happy smile, polite demeanor and seem genuinely appreciative of your custom. They are incredibly informative when it comes to their products and are more than willing to be of assistance. Before we had even got to the food, the atmosphere of this place pulls on your happy strings.
To start, we were treated to the most mouthwatering ginger and berry non-alcoholic mojito, so incredibly moreish that I could honestly live on the stuff. It was a heavenly, refreshing welcome that set my hopes high. The savoury portion consisted of; chorizo on rye bread, cheese savoury sandwich and ham, cheese and piccalilli on French bread. Piccalilli is not something I have ever tried before and I was pleasantly surprised. The chorizo on rye bread had mustard in which I am the biggest hater of but it was barely noticeable and is probably the first mustard encounter I have ever enjoyed.
The sweet section of the afternoon tea included; chocolate and banana loaf, cherry cupcake and in true British fashion, a cranberry scone with jam and clotted cream. The icing on the cupcake was quite sour but I was quite fond of the tangy twist. The chocolate and banana loaf was delectable and received top marks. The scone was the most delicious scone I have ever tried, even considering it had raisins in which I am not a big fan of, it was the most luscious scone. We finished the afternoon off with a cappucino for my mum and a cup of tea for myself, the perfect ending.
I absolutely cannot knock the food, it was exquisite and beautifully served. My only nit-pick would be that the savoury selection was sandwiches only and I prefer afternoon teas I have had in the past with a bit more variety. This is just me picking faults with near perfection though. Although I didn’t sample the main menu, there seems to be a great deal of variety for such a small cafe which gives it great bonus points and I can’t wait to return to sample it all. The service I cannot fault, it was flawless and the interior was charming and quirky. Overall, mad props to Chilli Cake Deli.
My mum also really enjoyed the afternoon which makes me all kinds of happy, I am so incredibly grateful to have her and am so pleased that she enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day because for me, she makes every day wonderful.
Where would you recommend for afternoon tea?
*All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.
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