A Wonderful Welsh Afternoon Tea in Cardiff Bay

  This post is sponsored by Future Inns hotel.

The resurgence of the time-old British tradition of afternoon tea means that wherever you go in the UK today, from tiny Welsh towns that time forgot, to big, bustling London districts moving a mile a minute, there’ll be somewhere waiting to serve you tea and cakes on tap. Although the tradition has adapted somewhat – it’s now almost akin to cardinal sin to refuse a glass of bubbly with your afternoon tea, yet somehow acceptable to drink coffee instead of tea – it’s largely remained the same over the years. With so many different venues offering afternoon tea, however, it’s not often you come across one that really is your cup of tea, so to speak. So, when I was invited to try out the newly launched Taste of Wales afternoon tea in Cardiff Bay Future Inns hotel’s Thomas Restaurant, I was naturally a little apprehensive about what it would be like, especially considering it only costs £12 per person (+£3.50 with Prosecco).

On a sunny day, the Taste of Wales afternoon tea can either be served on the patio of the hotel’s colourful and quirky Thomas Restaurant, or if it’s raining or you just fancy retreating to the shade, there is plenty of table and booth seating available inside.

Thomas Restaurant at Future Inns Hotel Cardiff Bay

As we browsed the finger sandwich menu, I sipped on a freshly brewed Americano coffee with milk, interpersed with mouthfuls of Prosecco, while opposite me at the table, my friend Sarah (who was driving) huddled around a red ceramic teapot and a hot cup of English breakfast tea.

Tea and coffee at the Taste of Wales afternoon tea in Cardiff Bay Future Inns hotel

Pouring a cup of tea

For the finger sandwiches, we chose three fillings each from a selection of five, and we each received two lots of each filling, so between us we ended up with a combination of 12 finger sandwiches including locally sourced roast ham with wholegrain mustard, Caerphilly cheese with red onion chutney, smoked salmon with creme fraiche and dill, egg mayo and mustard cress, and hummus and roasted veg, on soft, buttered white and wholemeal bread.

Sandwiches as part of the afternoon tea in Cardiff Bay Future Inns hotel

We were particularly fond of the Welsh slate cake stands that the afternoon tea was served on, which certainly helped to instil a ‘Taste of Wales’, while the floral garnishes made for a pretty finishing touch.

Sandwiches as part of the afternoon tea in Cardiff Bay Future Inns hotel
Feeling a sugar rush coming on, we moved swiftly on to our second layers, which featured two traditional Welsh cakes and a slice of bara brith. The Welsh cakes were among the best I have ever tasted – they were perfectly sweet and the surfaces were golden and slightly crispy, while the centres were soft and fluffy. As for the bara brith, it was light and moist, with a comforting cinnamon tang. This layer also included clotted cream and what appeared to be raspberry coulis, for the scones.

Welsh cakes, bara brith, rainbow meringue, clotted cream and raspberry coulis

On the subject of which, the scones (placed on the third tier) were at least three inches high and tasted delicious paired with the cream and coulis, which was much more enjoyable than regular jam as its runny texture served to coat the entirety of the surface of the scones. It tasted just like the jam sauce that’s usually served with arctic roll.

Scones and macarons in the afternoon tea in Cardiff Bay Future Inns Hotels

Last but certainly not least, the scones were accompanied by multi-coloured mini macarons – bubblegum, pistachio and raspberry, if I remember rightly. By the time we worked our way up to these, we were so full, we were ready to roll home!

The Taste of Wales afternoon tea at Cardiff Bay Future Inn’s Thomas Restaurant certainly presents something a little different to other afternoon tea offerings in the capital, with its Welsh-inspired theme evident in the local ingredients used in the sandwich fillings, and the traditional Welsh cakes and bara brith included with the tea. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and drink, and at just £12 per person, with a glass of Prosecco priced at just £3.50, the cost simply couldn’t be more reasonable.

Afternoon tea in Cardiff Bay Future Inn's Thomas Restaurant

The Taste of Wales afternoon tea is served daily from 1pm – 5pm at Cardiff Bay Future Inn’s Thomas Restaurant. To book, please call (029) 2048 7111 or email thomas@futureinns.co.uk.

Where do you recommend for afternoon tea in Cardiff? Leave your recommendations in the comment box below.

Wondering where to go for afternoon tea or high tea in Cardiff, Wales? Look no further than the Taste of Wales afternoon tea in Cardiff Bay Future Inns hotel's Thomas Restaurant. #afternoontea #teaandcake #welshfood














  This post is sponsored by Future Inns hotel.


  1. July 31, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful looking afternoon tea! I have to admit it has been a long time since I got to enjoy one myself – if I was in the area I would definitely be booking in asap.

    • August 1, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      At that price, it would be silly not to 🙂

  2. Charli B
    August 1, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Everything looks so tasty and beautiful! I love the decor of the place too, seems like the perfect place to visit x

    • August 1, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      We really liked the decor too! It was quite quirky and abstract, loved it. The food was even better though, hehe.

  3. ChelseaMamma
    August 1, 2018 / 11:45 am

    I love a good afternoon tea – I actually had one yesterday and I could not eat it all

    • August 1, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      That’s often an issue for me too! I think it was a good amount of food here, sometimes there are so many cakes and pastries that I end up asking if I can take some of them home with me!

  4. August 1, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    The afternoon tea looks lovely. I love the little sandwich and pastry selections it’s nice to try all the different items. The best part is if you ca’t eat it all most let you take the leftovers home.

    • August 3, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Yes, that’s true. We managed to polish off most of the cakes and pastries and all of the sandwiches. Normally I would’ve asked to take them home but I am dieting (or trying to, haha!) so I thought I’d better leave the leftovers where they were.

  5. Chilling with Lucas
    August 2, 2018 / 9:52 am

    I love the funky decor! The food looks incredible too

    • August 3, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      It was really quirky. I loved the abstract art in there. The food was definitely the real highlight though, haha.

  6. August 2, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Wow! Thats an afternoon tea and a half! It all looks delicious, especially those Scones! I cant bekieve how cheap it is too, just perfect

    • August 3, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      The price was seriously impressive. Lovely food and drink, and the presentation was spot on too 🙂

  7. bryanna skye
    August 3, 2018 / 2:36 am

    so good they let you choose sandwich options as I always struggle and end up not eating any of them usually since they’re all meaty. sounds like a great deal for the price x

    • August 3, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      I know, it was great to have some choice as to what we ate. The fillings were really tasty too!

  8. August 3, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Who doesn’t love an afternoon tea party? I’d do this everyday, every afternoon. Those scones!

    • August 3, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      The scones were a real highlight… I think the Welsh cakes were my absolute fave though!

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