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When there are so many places to choose from it's hard to know where to visit! In good or bad weather, with very young children or older teens, activity venues or quiet walks, every venue will offer something different with a variety of facilites available. We will add our thoughts on places that we have Tried & Tested so that you are well-informed before you make your decision to leave the house!

Oh-so-sophisticated at the Centurion Club!


There is something so sophisticated about afternoon tea. Maybe it stems from the Victorian era when it was introduced to the wealthy; eating delectable bites and sipping on teas from far off lands. Nowadays, a cup of Earl Grey and a cucumber sandwich sounds fancy but if you want to experience a real treat where the food is fantastic, the tea selection is oh-so-special and the service is superb then we need to let you in on our little secret...

If you drive along Batchwood Road, heading to Hemel Hempstead for just over 5 minutes, there is a very exclusive, make-you-feel-like-a-member/non-members-more than-welcome restaurant at the Centurion Club

We were invited to the Centurion Club to sample their incredible selection of Newby teas accompanied by an ample amount of delicious open sandwiches, scrumptious sweet pastries and the tastiest scones I've ever had (and we spend a lot of time in Cornwall and Devon!). The head chef, Michael Garcia, has thoughtfully put together a decadent mix of flavours and textures to complement the variety of aromas and exquisite teas. I often surprise myself when I try new things as I thought I had quite bland taste buds but (with a little trepidation) I ordered the Jasmine Blossom tea and absolutely loved it. A delicate flavour that wasn't too filling and enhanced the mouth-watering pastries and scones. The other girls opted for the restaurant's current favourite, Black Tropical (#trending), Wild Cherry (think Body Shop cherry lip balm from your teenage years!) and Elderflower & Lemon (light and refreshing). As your tea arrives you can turn the tea timer according to green or black tea strength to make sure it is brewed to perfection.

This traditional afternoon tea with a modern twist in the stunning surrounds of the golf club should really be kept a secret but for you, our dedicated Mum's guide to visitors, we want to share this treat with you. We know you'll want to share it too when you've experienced dining at the Centurion Club.

What you should know:

  • Enter the car park via a barrier system (it's exclusive here!);
  • Dress up to really enjoy the stunning surroundings;
  • The Centurion Club caters for all food intolerances and allergies just let them know when you make your booking;
  • They have a children's menu and a children's afternoon tea;
  • High chairs are available;
  • Afternoon Tea may have a seasonal twist - think Wimbledon, Christmas etc;
  • There is a party and event space for baby showers, birthday parties, anniversaries etc.

For more information please visit the Centurion Club's website

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