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Winter indulgences at The Magdalen Chapter

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Winter was made for foodie indulgences, and there’s no treat quite as sumptuous as a fizz-infused afternoon tea

Magdalen Chapter

Exeter’s The Magdalen Chapter, with its quirky décor and fabulous design, is one of our fave places for a spot of posh tea and cake. The open plan style and laid-back atmosphere around the boutique hotel means visitors can take their pick of feasting spots – go grand in the lounge area with its impressive views over the walled garden or cuddle up in a cosy corner of the snug and escape the winter gales.

Once a cubby hole’s been chosen, guests have all the usual afternoon tea suspects to look forward to, taken to a luxurious new level by head chef Matt Downing and his team. Carefully crafted poached ham and mustard finger sandwiches? Yes please. Seasonally inspired cakes, blood orange and white chocolate macaroons and miniature cheesecakes? Don’t mind if we do. A run of the mill afternoon tea, this is certainly not.

As with all classy affairs, we prescribe a glass of chilled champagne on the side because, well, why the hell not? Or, if you’re looking for a more traditional tea time, opt for the classic cream tea instead and smother freshly baked scones with lashings of clotted cream then jam (we’re in Devon after all). There’s even thick and creamy milkshakes to replace the fizz if any future foodies are visiting The Magdalen Chapter for the children’s afternoon tea.

Luckily, all this indulgence doesn’t come with a lavish price tag; visit Monday-Thursday and you can enjoy afternoon tea for two for just £25. Why not step the self-indulgence up a notch and turn an afternoon break into a gourmet getaway with a night in one of the hotel’s sleek boudoirs.

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