I recently went along to the popular Celtic Manor resort, Newport, with two of my friends for a festive afternoon tea treat*. The Celtic Manor is becoming more and more well known for their seasonal themed afternoon teas, which comes as no surprise because they really are delightful, both in taste and in appearance.
As expected the Christmas afternoon tea was full of festive treats including chicken, sage and onion brioche, turkey and cranberry sandwich, mince pies, Mulled Wine and much more.
First up, we were offered Mulled Wine, tea and coffee. The choice of tea is very basic, but there is something suitable for most tastes. It would be nice to see a floral option available but I happily settled for a pot of chamomile tea.
Shortly after our drinks arrived we received a picnic basket of delicious treats. None of us have any allergies so we all received the same food. The basket contained (L-R) crayfish, mango & chilli blini, Welsh rarebit with Y-Fenni cheese & tomato chutney, chicken, sage & onion brioche and roasted butternut squash & rosemary tartlet.
My personal favourite from this selection was the butternut squash and rosemary tartlet, though it was a tough call. The Welsh rarebit (aka mini, posh cheese on toast!) would have been nicer warm.
Once we had devoured our hamper the main event arrived. This consisted of sandwiches and cakes, as you would expect.
The finger sandwich selection was egg mayonnaise with shallot & chive, cucumber & dill creme fraiche, smoked salmon & lemon mayonnaise and turkey & cranberry. I really like how The Celtic Manor apply a slight twist to the standard afternoon tea sandwiches by introducing subtle but exciting flavours.
The cake selection was festive Penderyn whisky & marmalade Bara Brith, Celtic Manor mince pies, Cinnamon spiced carrot cupcakes, white chocolate Christmas pudding truffle, pistachio marzipan cones and glace cherry & apricot florentine. These cakes were perfect for the Christmas theme, though combined they are very rich, I had a bad bout of heartburn and indigestion the day that we went which meant that I didn't end up eating half of my cakes. Spencer thoroughly enjoyed them when I took them home in the little box provided.
As if we weren't already full following all of the delicious food we were then presented with warm scones, in keeping with the Christmas theme we each received a cranberry scone and a vanilla & chestnut scone, served warm with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. These were so nice I managed to find room in my stomach!
We couldn't help but feel festive after eating the beautifully presented Christmas themed afternoon tea and staring at the fabulously extravagant Christmas decorations in the hotel lobby.
The Celtic Manor are currently serving their Winter afternoon tea, priced at £19 per person Monday - Friday or £27 per person Saturday & Sunday, find out more and book here.
Do you fancy the Christmas afternoon tea?