A Festive Afternoon Tea at the Celtic Manor

On Saturday I was treated to a very special festive afternoon tea at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport. I hadn’t been there before but I had heard only great things about the place so I was really looking forward to it.

celtic manor festive afternoon tea menu

The hotel itself is gorgeous, glamorous and opulent, a perfect luxury retreat. I noticed from the start that the staff were really friendly and I was made to feel instantly at ease which is lovely. I was sat at a table in a private room with some other local bloggers and it was lovely to have a few hours to sit and chat with some really great people and enjoy some stunning food.

christmas flower centerpiece

Firstly we had a demonstration from their head barman on their mulled wine. He showed us how to steep it in cinnamon and pour it over orange slices studded with cloves. It was honestly the best mulled wine I had ever tasted and I will definitely be re-creating it at home!!

celtic manor head barman

mulled wine

mulled wine

The head pastry chef then came to talk us through the festive afternoon tea menu. I’m sure you would agree that the menu sounds amazing – the perfect mix of everything christmassy with just a little special twist.

celtic manor pastry chef

Firstly we were served a selection of savoury pastries. I had a slightly different selection to what is on the menu as I asked for a vegetarian option. I was really impressed that special dietary requirements were served completely separately and they cater for a wide range of dietary requirements including vegetarians and gluten free.

savoury treats

After this we were served a selection of sandwiches and small cakes and pastries. The sandwiches were basic classics, cheese, egg mayonnaise and cucumber. The cakes were something special though. My favourites were the frangiapan, the christmas pudding and the bara brith christmas cake. The mince pie was decadent with a shortbread topping instead of pastry and the carrot cake was delicious with it’s apricot jam filling. It definitely catered for those with a sweet tooth!

celtic manor sandwiches

celtic manor cakes

celtic manor pastries

If you weren’t full enough after all that, the final course were two delicious scones served with jam and cream. The vanilla and chestnut was lovely but the cranberry one was divine! They were served warm too which was amazing!

celtic manor scones

We were kept topped up with tea and coffee throughout. They have a fantastic tea menu and although I’m not a huge tea drinker I did try the blackcurrant and hibiscus which was delicious!

tea menu

I had a really great time and I left feeling very spoilt and lucky. Not only to have been invited to such a lovely location and treated to yummy food but also just lucky to be a blogger, to meet other completely fabulous bloggers and have a bit of time to myself!


Festive afternoon tea usually costs £26 Monday to Friday and £36 on Saturday and Sunday. There is no denying that this is pricey but you are not only paying for the food, you are also paying for the amazing location and wonderful service. It is definitely a decadant treat, but who doesn’t deserve that once in a while?!

Disclosure – I was kindly invited to this event to enjoy the Celtic Manor’s Festive Afternoon Tea free of charge. All opinions are honest and my own. 



  1. November 25, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I am insanely jealous! I love nothing more than afternoon tea so festive afternoon tea?! Wowee! x

  2. November 26, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    I am green with envy right now! This sounds amazing. How does everyone meet “local bloggers?” I would love to go to a blogger meet up, especially if it’s like this.

  3. November 26, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    This looks amazing and I am so jealous! I really must go to visit the Celtic Manor soon. I would love to stay here. I only live near Swansea too so it’s not that far away.

  4. November 26, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    What delicious food and a lovely afternoon in a gorgeous you had:-)

  5. November 27, 2015 / 12:16 am

    I have never been to Afternoon tea but have always wanted to go! The cakes always look delicious

  6. whatlauraloves
    November 27, 2015 / 5:08 am

    I love afternoon tea and this looks fab, I’ve never had a festive afternoon tea before! xxx

  7. November 27, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Hey Ali, the food and drinks look yummy. I am sure you had a great time.

  8. November 27, 2015 / 11:36 am

    Any afternoon tea that comes with mulled wine is VERY good with me. Everything looks sop delicious – much nicer than the average afternoon tea.

  9. November 27, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    This looks amazing – what a treat! Every time I drive past I wonder what it is like inside 🙂 Kaz x

  10. Hannah Wood
    November 27, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Oh my gosh yes yes and yes , I love afternoon tea so much and loving the festive theme.

  11. November 27, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    I cannot believe that it only cost £26 and it looks as fabulous as this, wow x

  12. November 27, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    This all looks so delicious and the price is amazing! If I was close by I would totally take advantage! x

  13. November 27, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Oh wow, this looks amazing!! So festive, I would really love to go for afternoon tea – sounds like you had a wonderful time

  14. November 28, 2015 / 9:04 am

    This looks like such a lovely afternoon tea. As a vegetarian I’m always a bit worried about asking for a veggie option and it’s great to see that celtic manor caters for everyone x

  15. November 29, 2015 / 3:07 am

    I love afternoon tea! A festive one sounds even more fabulous! x

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