AIRDS HOTEL Port Appin (01631 730236)
If you want the best afternoon tea in Scotland, head to Argyll. For starters, it comes with an amusebouche. The chicken liver parfait with the most delicate crisp toast you can imagine was perfect and raised anticipation for the main event. The tiered plate of goodies lived up to its promise. Sandwiches of beef, coronation chicken and cheese and chutney on brown and white bread. All fresh and packed with flavour. Fruit and plain scones with butter, clotted cream and jam. Tiny blueberry eclairs that were a mouthful of pure pleasure. A moist pistachio sponge and a lemon meringue tart. Everything prepared and presented with such care.