REVIEW | Brocco on the Park Afternoon Tea, Sheffield
Why I love Brocco on the Park
It’s an afternoon treat that’s smack bang on my doorstep. Being able to walk to such a lovely place gets a big tick from me. And, despite its proximity to transport, the Brocco restaurant looks out onto trees in every direction. So from the minute you arrive, you easily forget that you are so close to the hustle and bustle of Hunters Bar.
Worth paying a babysitter?
Brocco is definitely an occasion for Dad’s to take charge of the kids, so you can enjoy an afternoon of food and natters with a girlfriend.
A warm, buzzy atmosphere and plenty of food that all tastes delicious. Book in advance and definitely go hungry!
Value for money:
9 out of 10
Brocco offers a good quality afternoon tea at £25 per person, that without a doubt will leave you full. With the option to upgrade for an extra fiver to enjoy a prosecco or ten pounds for a glass of champagne, you get plenty for your money.
Gone are the days of long boozy lunches. I feel like I’ve forgotten how to have a proper conversation with another adult, without a little person interrupting every few moments. So when I was invited to sample the afternoon tea at Brocco on the Park, there was only one person I wanted to enjoy it with. My mum.
The beautiful Edwardian Villa sits on the edge of Endcliffe Park, and was carefully restored by Brocco a few years ago. Entering the boutique hotel and restaurant, Brocco had a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With every single table taken, there was a really buzzy energy for a Saturday afternoon.
We were taken to our table and presented with a glass of bubbles from a freshly popped bottle. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer start to our afternoon tea.
The Menu at Brocco:
The late serving of afternoon tea (3pm Saturdays, 4pm Sundays) meant that when we arrived we were starving and so welcomed with open arms our basket of sarnies that kicked off the tea. All three flavours were delightful: garlic and thyme roasted chicken with homemade coleslaw; herb poached salmon with cucumber and dill; and whipped feta, black olive and sundried tomato. Each came in a different type of fluffy flavoured bread: white, brown and seeded, and although each was delicious, for me, the olive, tomatoes and feta was incredible. Three of my favourite things inside bread. Yum. That said, the sarnie with salmon was stuffed with the flavoursome fish, and the homemade crunchy coleslaw tasted amazing with the moist garlicky chicken.
My mum’s had her fair share of afternoon teas, and she liked how the sandwiches came staggered from the rest. It gave us time to properly appreciate the savoury on its own, without having the full spread put upon us. There were a lot of sandwiches (two of each flavour per person) but they were light in texture and not rich, so although very satisfying gave plenty of space for further food.
And a good job too, because as the basket was whisked away, a traditional tier of treats was presented to us, and there were some real belters for us to enjoy!
There were a couple of warm savoury offerings, which although there had been plenty of sarnies to fill us up, there was no way I was turning down the warm halloumi fritter and quiche. The mini quiche was filled with spring onions and chunky asparagus and was a perfect couple of bites to finish off the savoury food.
No tea would be complete without a scone and it was really refreshing to see something different from the traditional sultana – a baked apple and honey oat scone. The scone got the thumbs up from my mum, who has been to teas before where you are given masses of scones to “fill you up”. Brocco’s cute and unconventional flavoured scone was thoroughly enjoyable, especially with the apricot jam and a big dollop of clotted cream. Enough for you to appreciate the taste, and leave you wanting to try other things.
The collection of other sweets were all really light, so we didn’t feel the need to leave anything untouched. The ping-pong ball sized donut was filled with rhubarb and ginger, and the blueberry macaron had a super soft shell and was filled with really sharp lemon curd.
The highlight, however, was the crème brulée. It is the one dessert I cannot turn down, so seeing it sat in a quaint little cup on the tiers of food really did make me smile. White chocolate and orange is not a combination I would ever choose, or think would go together, but trust me, it does. The white chocolate made it ridiculously creamy, the level of orange was nice, you could taste it but it didn’t take over the dish. The top was caramelised and crunchy, which made that distinct crack as the spoon dipped beneath the surface, and the variety of tastes and textures left me desperately wanting to lick the cup clean. (You’ll be glad to hear I resisted).
Overall we really thought the food was consistently excellent and enjoyed the overall experience that Brocco on the Park has to offer. The Brocco staff were brilliant. Really accommodating and friendly, and the layout of the restaurant gave each table some real privacy, despite it being full of people. We left very content and without feeling like we’d eaten way too much food.
The afternoon tea is clearly popular, every table was taken in the restaurant, so if you fancy giving it a whirl make sure to book in advance.
Thank you Brocco on the Park for having us, it was a really lovely afternoon. I wish I lived further away so I had an excuse to stay over, but I will definitely come back and try your evening menu sometime soon.
To find out more visit: www.brocco.co.uk
REVIEW: This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to dine at their restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.
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