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|
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
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
Chocolate truffle roulade
|Ladies that lunch! Me and Sarah (from L-R)|
Enjoyed reading this post? Read my review of Terry M restaurant at the Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort
The Usk Valley
(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.