Just my cup of tea: Vintage Afternoon Tea at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

This weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to the five-star Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales for afternoon tea with a guest.

I visited the resort for lunch last year with friends (here’s my review of Celtic Manor’s Terry M restaurant) and it was one of the best restaurant reviews I’ve ever done, so I couldn’t wait to experience the afternoon tea.

The Celtic Manor offers several different afternoon tea experiences but my friend Sarah and I opted for the Vintage Afternoon Tea. Served in the historic Manor House, the Vintage Afternoon Tea is only available on Sundays, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm (£28 per person), up until 15th September 2015.

The Manor House at the Celtic Manor Resort

The table was elegantly laid with dainty china tea cups, silver cutlery and floral napkin holders.


To begin, we were each given a glass of rose hip lemonade – although we chose to indulge in a glass of champagne as well (£10.50 each)!

Finished with fresh mint, the rose hip lemonade had a sweet, rose flavour with a subtle hint of lemon – very refreshing indeed!

This was served with four mini traditional Welsh cakes, still hot from the oven and sprinkled with sugar.

Our waiter then provided us with a selection of tea leaves to choose from, before brewing a teapot for us. I went for Earl Grey, while Sarah opted for fresh coffee (in anticipation of the drive home after all of the food we were about to eat!)

Earl Grey tea
Fresh coffee
As we drank our tea and coffee, our waiter brought the main attraction to our table – three plates of assorted finger sandwiches, handmade pastries and miniature cakes.

The finger sandwich selection included:

  • Hilltop honey roasted ham with grain mustard
  • Smoked salmon with cream cheese and chives
  • Cucumber with lemon and mint mayonnaise
  • Hafod Welsh cheddar and pickle
  • Egg mayonnaise with cress on brioche
  • Leek and Snowdonia Red Devil cheese tartlet
Here are some of my favourites:

Like eating cucumber and tzatziki sandwiches – unusual, yet very enjoyable!

Smoked salmon with cream cheese and chives

I honestly haven’t tasted salmon this fresh in a long time. It had a delicious, smoky taste – I could’ve done with another one of these!

Hafod Welsh cheddar with pickle

Cheese and pickle – always a winner!

Meanwhile, the cake and pastry selection consisted of:

  • Traditional Victoria sponge
  • Chocolate truffle roulade
  • Fruit tartlet
  • Mocha eclair
  • Apple and blackberry puff
I especially liked these: 
Fruit tartlet
This tartlet was filled with creamy vanilla custard and topped with fresh berries.

Chocolate truffle roulade


The chocolate roulade was rich and moist, its sweetness offset by the dark chocolate sprinkles.
After polishing off all of the sandwiches and most of the cakes and pastries, Sarah and I were feeling rather full. Our waiter kindly offered to pack the leftovers into a box for us to take home, but after the amount of calories we’d just consumed, we thought we had better to leave them there! It was lovely to be given the option, though – I would’ve been too embarrassed to have asked for a ‘doggy bag’ – especially in a five-star resort like the Celtic Manor!
After a quick cup of tea and a break, our waiter brought freshly baked raisin scones to the table, dusted with icing sugar and served with a jar of clotted cream and strawberry preserve. 
The scones were so fresh that they were still warm and they had a lovely traditional taste, absolutely packed full of juicy raisins. The clotted cream was incredibly fresh and smooth, while the strawberry preserve contained whole strawberries and tasted fantastic – I just wished I had more room left in my stomach for it!
Sarah and I both thoroughly enjoyed the Vintage Afternoon Tea experience at the Celtic Manor Resort. Our only suggestion for improvement would be to include more finger sandwiches and less cakes and pastries.
Ladies that lunch! Me and Sarah (from L-R)
At £28 per head (excluding champagne or prosecco), it’s not cheap, but the quality of the food and the customer service makes it all worth it. If you’re looking for an exciting new way to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday, this would be ideal!

Click here to find out more about afternoon tea at the Celtic Manor Resort

Enjoyed reading this post? Read my review of Terry M restaurant at the Celtic Manor Resort 

Celtic Manor Resort
Coldra Woods
The Usk Valley
South Wales
NP18 1HQ
(01633) 410 262

I was invited to the Celtic Manor Resort as a guest and our Vintage Afternoon Tea was provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review. 


  1. i love the celtic too and the afternoon tea is fabulous. I used to be a member of dylans and so miss the view and the swim – oh and the member discount lol x

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