I have always associated a cup of hot cocoa with winter, glowing embers in a fire grate and bedtime.
But quite what the difference between hot chocolate, cocoa and drinking chocolate is, I am not sure. Every coffee shop and tea room dutifully offer hot chocolate on their menus. But despite the topping of whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkle of chocolate, in my mind its just cocoa.
Not that there is anything wrong with a hot cocoa on a winters day.
I generally associate cupcakes with those predictably dull office snacks that merely serve to remind one of another wasted year. But that was until I stopped at The Two Sisters Cake Shop and Vintage Tearoom in North St in Chichester.
In Eastbourne afteroon tea at The Grand Hotel is a local institution.
There are different themes throughout the year including the tennis in June.
Known as ‘The White Palace’, the Grand Hotel is one of Englands most famous Victorian era Hotels offering spectacular views out to sea and the cliffs at Beachy Head.
Tea is served in the Great Hall a stately double-height lounge complete with a grand piano, potted palms and a roaring log fire for when it is a bit colder. It can also be ordered in any of the lounges as well as on the Chatsworth Terrace overlooking the pool.
Spoilt with a choice from a menu which includes a selection of freshly made cakes, bakes and traditional pastries
Sweet and savoury treats. A Pork & Apple Sausage Roll with ‘Grand’ Piccalilli. Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Chive sandwiches, Egg Mayonnaise with Watercress, Chicken & Tarragon Mayonnaise or Cucumber with Cream cheese.
Or for something sweeter, their freshly baked Freshly Baked Scones with Strawberry Jam & Cornish Clotted Cream