A few weeks ago we decided to visit Celtic Manor for Afternoon tea to celebrate L’s birthday. L had been previously and I’d been looking for a reason to try it out. We both love The Celtic Manor spa and are always looking for reasons to visit.
On at the moment (until the 19th June) is the Chocolate Afternoon Tea. You can see the afternoon tea options here. I was excited to try this as I’ve only been for traditional and gin afternoon teas before.
Above you can see the menu selection. This is placed on each place setting so you can easily identify what you are eating as it comes out and it also states the allergy information of each item on it. Firstly we were asked what tea we would like and both went for English Breakfast. It was a tough choice as we are both big tea drinkers but wanted to start traditional.
Then our tower of treats were delivered (scone come out later!). It really was visually impressive and for ease the plates lift out so you can move them towards you to save from constantly leaning over. At first I was concerned by the large amount of cakes so got stuck straight in. The first one I tried was the triple chocolate cube which wasn’t at all what I expected but really delicious, I wasn’t expecting the soft jelly like texture but it was a nice surprise. My favourite was definitely the chocolate raspberry and almond tart. The raspberry made it so fresh and gave it a lift!
I like to wash cake down with sandwiches so that I don’t end up feeling too sick. The cheese and plum chutney was especially delicious. If we’re honest though we were both disappointed with the size of the sandwiches. They were tiny!! Much smaller than normal afternoon tea and with such a sweet afternoon tea a little more sandwich would be nice. The fillings were lovely though.
The little chocolate coffee cups were a great touch! I love the attention to detail that really goes into making each dessert look amazing!
Once you’re done with the stack above a warm chocolate chip scone gets delivered to the table!! These were so tasty!! I love the edition of chocolate in a scone and the rum and raisin stop it being overly sweet!
The chocolate afternoon tea is definitely worth a visit and makes a tasty change! It’s costs £19 Monday to Friday, and £27 on the weekends.
Are you a fan of afternoon tea? Have you tried afternoon tea at Celtic Manor?
Love L and M