Afternoon Tea with Mary Berry and Richard Bertinet

110915 -375Last week we served afternoon tea to Britain’s most beloved baker and all round national treasure, Mary Berry, as part of Bath Rugby’s 150th anniversary celebrations!

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A Bath native and lifelong Bath Rugby supporter, Mary was on hand to mentor participants in the team’s baking challenge, which pitted professional players past and present against each other. Another Bath resident – and fellow giant of the baking world – Richard Bertinet, judged the players’ baking skills.


110915 -211Three teams took part in the baking challenge, with players Lee Mears and Matt Banahan, Chris Cook and Duncan Bell and Stuart Hooper and John Hall, going head to head for the top prize.

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There wasn’t a soggy bottom in sight as all three teams rose to the challenge in the battle to become Bath Rugby’s baking champs. In the end though, it was former Bath and England hooker Lee Mears and centre back Matt Banahan who took the crown.

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You can imagine our delight at serving afternoon tea to such illustrious company! As always, we sourced the very best produce from local suppliers  including; Sharpham Park in Somerset – which specialises in growing and milling spelt – and from The Valley Smokehouse in the Chew Valley, whose smoked salmon is divine!


110915 -287We were proud to see Mary, Richard and around 170 guests, enjoying our afternoon tea which as well as some traditional treats also featured Foster’s signature lemon drizzle cake; a favourite with guests and staff alike!

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