Bake Off star Briony set for Rockliffe Festival of Food

Briony Williams, one of the stars of 2018’s Great British Bake Off, will be hosting a special Great British Afternoon Tea as part of Rockliffe Hall’s Festival of Food in February 2020.

The event on the afternoon of Friday, February 7, next year will include a welcome glass of fizz, cakes designed especially by Briony, and a Q&A session with the baking expert.

Ahead of the event next year, Briony has been telling us more about life since Bake Off and how much she’s looking forward to visiting the Tees region.

What’s it like being a celebrity baker?
I’ve loved every minute of life since being on Bake Off. I really enjoy writing recipes and sharing them. I also love going to food festivals and doing live demos because I get to travel around the country meeting lovely people who are as passionate about baking as I am.

What’s been the highlight so far?
Being on Blue Peter and getting to say, ‘Here’s one I made earlier!’ was a definite highlight. I’ve also joined the presenting team on Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 which is so exciting and something I never expected. I feel very lucky to be able to experience all these incredible opportunities thanks to my time on GBBO. Keep an eye out on Christmas Day too for the Bake Off Festive Special, as I’ll be back in the tent whipping up some Christmas treats.

You live in Bristol. Do you enjoy visiting the North-East?
I actually went to university in Durham so I am huge fan of the North-East. I absolutely love it because that was such a special time of my life, I made friends I’ll have forever and I go back to Durham when I can because it’s such a beautiful place.

How are you feeling about your Great British Afternoon Tea event at the Festival of Food?
I cannot wait for the Festival of Food. I’m so proud to be joining such renowned chefs for the event and the Afternoon Tea is going to be delicious. I’m really looking forward to chatting all things baking and Bake Off.

What do you think about Rockliffe Hall?
Rockliffe Hall is simply stunning. I am bowled over every time I visit because it’s such a beautiful hotel in the most amazing setting. The staff are always welcoming and I love how family friendly it is, it’s a truly special place.

You’ve been to quite a few food festivals – what is it about them that you like?
I love visiting different parts of the country and meeting people who love food and baking as much as I do. Bake Off is such a well-loved show that everyone wants to chat about what it’s like in the tent, which I am very happy to do because it was such a positive experience for me.

Do you bake much with Nora?
I try to bake as much as possible with Nora. She loves making cupcakes and biscuits, especially if they’re pink! I love that I can pass on this skill to her, she’s only four, but she knows what ingredients you need to make a sponge cake.

Tickets for A Great British Afternoon Tea are available by calling 01325 729999.

Price £45 per person – to include a welcome glass of fizz, a delicious afternoon tea with cakes designed by Briony and a Q&A with the Bake Off star.

To find out more about other events taking place at Rockliffe Hall’s Festival of Food visit www.rockliffehall.com/festival-food