When I heard that The Park Plaza in Cardiff were doing a Gentleman's Afternoon Tea, a twist on the traditional afternoon tea swapping finger sandwiches for mini venison burgers, I just had to book. Spencer and I love afternoon tea, but we also love burgers and steak, this sounded perfect for us.
I decided to purchase a voucher for Spencer's Father's Day present last year, he loved the idea and couldn't wait to try it out.
When we arrived at the hotel the staff were lovely and friendly, we were seated straight away and introduced to our waitress, who was super lovely and very chatty.
The manly afternoon tea came out beautifully presented on a slab of slate. We started off with Chorizo Scotch egg with Bloody Mary mayonnaise, Seared Welsh Sirloin steak Caramelised red onions & garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta, Severn & Wye smoked salmon blini with dill crème fraiche & caviar, Mini Brecon Venison burger with juniper berry & red currant mayonnaise, Miniature prawn cocktail shot and Roast Sirloin of Welsh Beef & horseradish stuffed Yorkshire pudding.
Spencer and I both loved the amount of meat served with this tea, but we were slightly disapointed with the quality of the meat, the seared Welsh Sirloin steak had a lot of fat running through it and was almost impossible to bite into and, unfortunately, the mini burger wasn't very flavoursome.
The puddings came out at the same time as the savouries but on a slate of their very own, and boy did they deserve their own slate, they were delicious! The puddings were a Rum Baba filled with Chantilly cream & raspberries and warm chocolate fondant with clotted cream. Despite our waitress explaining what was what Spencer and I both made the mistake of thinking that the clotted cream was ice cream!
The Rum Baba definitely won the afternoon tea for me. It was delicious and satisfying yet light.
The Gentleman's Afternoon Tea is such a good concept and is full of interesting and delicious flavours. As mentioned above the quality of the meat did let it down a little for us, but we may have just been unlucky on the day. This wouldn't stop me recommending this tea to others.
Gentleman's Afternoon Tea at the Park Plaza, Cardiff is priced at £19.95 per person and can be booked here.