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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.