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Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

I don’t mean to brag but I am a bit of an expert on afternoon tea. I know a good cake when I see one – and I know how to pronounce scone and that the cream should definitely go on first. So I was delighted to be invited for afternoon tea at Fishmore Hall country house hotel in Ludlow. And to top off my perfect afternoon, I was able to use the spa facilities and have a massage too.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

About Fishmore Hall

I’ve been to Fishmore Hall a few times over the years. I haven’t stayed there but the hotel itself has a great reputation. I know first hand that it’s a fabulous wedding venue where they go the extra mile to ensure you have the perfect day. I’ve also been there for dinner and it is a real gourmet dining experience, perfect for foodies.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

Recently, they’ve added the Spa Shell to complete the luxurious experience. Located in the gardens of Fishmore Hall, the Spa Shell boasts four treatment rooms. There is also an outdoor hot tub, steam room and sauna for ultimate relaxation.

My afternoon in the Spa Shell

When I arrived at Fishmore Hall, I was shown to the beautiful Spa Shell located in the hotel garden. This is a wooden structure that acts as a self-contained spa. In this idyllic rural location, you feel totally submersed in relaxation from the moment you walk in.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

We were talked through a quick health questionnaire and chose our treatments before being shown around the small spa area. Lockers, slippers, robes and towels were all provided. There’s even blankets available to snuggle in. The hot tub is located outside, perfect for a cold winter’s day.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

On the patio with the hot tub are chairs and a luxurious double hammock. It was a bit chilly for that on my visit in January, but I’ll be back in the summer to make the most of it.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

Inside there are loungers and chairs. Water is available at all times and the staff kindly brought us some hot drinks and soft drinks over too. The sauna and steam room both have different atmosphere settings with music and lighting to suit your mood.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

The steam room was scented with essential oils too, which added to the relaxation. There is a rain and a breeze setting where water comes down if you press a button. We were told the water would be in front of us but it did get us quite wet.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

The spa treatment

I was offered a choice of 30 minute treatments and decided on a back massage. The treatment rooms are clean, well equipped and relaxing. The couch is heated so you instantly feel comfortable when you lie down. I was asked what sort of pressure I wanted before the massage started. This was then checked a couple of times during the experience too. The massage was fabulous. I felt instantly better for it and at the end I was given post-treatment advice about drinking water to flush out the toxins.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

Fishmore Hall afternoon tea

After we’d finished in the spa, we headed over to the restaurant for afternoon tea. This consisted of sandwiches, followed by scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of cakes. They were served with a hot drink or soft drink of your choice. I went with green tea but then realised I’d need a black coffee as well to get me home as I felt so relaxed.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

The afternoon tea was truly fabulous. In fact I’d go as far as to say that it was one of the best I’ve had – and I’ve had a lot of afternoon teas. They made me a special plate of sandwiches as I’m vegetarian and there were both plain and fruit scones to choose from. The cakes tasted as good as they look!

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

Valentine’s Day at Fishmore Hall

As a special treat for Valentine’s day, couples can enjoy exclusive use of all of the spa facilities for three hours plus an additional two hours of luxury Elemis treatments. The experience is priced at £700 and includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s 15 luxury rooms, a romantic three course dinner for two in the 3AA Rosette restaurant Forelles and a full English breakfast the following morning.

For an additional £300, guests can stay cocooned in the Spa until 11pm and enjoy a romantic evening celebrating with cocktails. An exclusive bar tender is available for just £50 for the three hours to create a bespoke cocktail for the special day. You could even order a bottle of champagne, also priced at £50. How utterly fabulous.

Fishmore Hall in Ludlow, Shropshire is an upmarket hotel with fine dining, fabulous afternoon tea and a brand new, relaxing spa shell. This is a review of my experience of visiting the spa shell, receiving a massage treatment and then enjoying afternoon tea in the hotel restaurant.


Please note, I was invited to Fishmore Hall to allow me to create this blog post. All views, opinions and images are my own. And a note for my husband - see the bit about VALENTINE'S DAY. This year a crappy birthday card won't cut it sunshine.


  1. January 25, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Oh wow! That spa sounds amazing! Jealous of the afternoon tea too, everything looks delicious. 🙂 x

  2. January 25, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Oh my goodness it looks amazing. What amazing views from the hot tub. The scones looked delicious and all the cakes. I really want a scone now 😉

    I’ve never been to a spa but I will definitely look into it now

  3. January 25, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    That spa looks amazing! Can’t beat a nice relaxing treatment at a spa and to follow it with afternoon tea sounds perfect (although I must say you’ve got the jam and cream order the wrong way round – it’s definitely jam first…) 😉 Glad you had a lovely time x

  4. Suzanne
    January 25, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Could there be a better treat – a spa AND afternoon tea? This looks divine Nat. Beautiful views to top it off as well. Definitely had back in the summer and make the most of that hammock, although I think an outdoor hot tub is better enjoyed in the winter. Ooh, decisions, decisions!

  5. January 26, 2017 / 6:44 am

    Hi Nat, what a truly special sounding experience, the spa looks and sounds lovely. I too like to think of myself as a bit of a cake connoisseur and they do look mighty scrumptious…. Coming from Devon I was brought up with the argument on whether the cream goes on the scone first or the jam. It was an argument that was never won, plus my Mum isn’t English so her vote never counted (we were pretty ruthless).

    I do hope your husband reads your footnote and you get treated like a princess twice in one year!


  6. January 26, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Wow this looks amazing. Two of my favourite things together, a spa and afternoon tea. What a lovely way to spend and afternoon. I must make more effort to do both of these x

  7. February 11, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Wow what a gorgeous looking spa, and you can’t beat an outside hot tub. Looked like you had a very relaxing day x

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