As well as holding the NATO Summit back last year and the Ryder Cup in 2010 and being a beautiful 5* hotel and resort in Newport South Wales, the Celtic Manor has some of the best afternoon tea on the planet, I know this because I have tried it. I was invited to try out the new Celtic Manor Summer Afternoon Tea yesterday and here is how it went…
I had decided to take my oldest daughter with me to the Celtic Manor to review the new summer afternoon tea, she has done really well in school and dancing so I thought it would be good to treat her. It’s always nice to have a ‘Mummy and Daughter’ day with each of my girls now and then as well.
Unusually we arrived early at Celtic Manor so clearly we were looking forward to our treat. I wasn’t 100% sure which way to enter the hotel to get to the Olive Tree so gave the hotel a quick ring, they then sent a bus to pick us up so we didn’t have to get lost, which I thought was pretty impressive.
We entered the main hotel and even though I have visited the Celtic Manor a few times in recent years I never get bored of the décor and those huge carved dragons in the foyer, the sculptures of small children were fascinating too.
As we were a little early we had a nice glass of cooling lemonade before we were seated in the Olive Tree Garden Room where the afternoon tea is served. We didn’t wait very long before the raspberry lemonade arrived, which was lovely and “not quite as bubbly as the other lemonade” as my daughter said.
The waitress explained that they didn’t have a huge amount of selection for children but asked what my daughter would like, she was a little shy so I asked for either jam or ham sandwiches for her to play it safe.
My hamper arrived and my girl’s cake stand with jam AND ham sandwiches plus a range of cakes too was placed in front of her. As the lovely waiter explained to my daughter and I what was in front of us I think we were both a little stunned, when my girl realised the whole cake stand was just for her she nearly fell off the chair!
So I quickly finished off my hamper, and thoroughly enjoyed everything in there, the chorizo, basil and spinach frittata was delicious as was the brioche bridge roll with Wentlooge egg mayonnaise and cress, but the Coronation chicken wrap and Leek and Snowdonia Red Devil cheese tartlet were my favourites, certainly something a little different for a Saturday afternoon. The choice of speciality teas was impressive too I chose chamomile and wasn’t disappointed.
My girl really enjoyed her sandwiches and collection of cakes, I was a little surprised since she can be a little fussy when it comes to food like many children I guess, but even though she didn’t really know what she was eating, and has certainly never been presented with a raspberry and elderflower meringue before (I burn pasta remember), she devoured the lot pretty much!
When my beautifully hand-made sandwiches, cakes and pastries arrived I thought they looked nearly too good to eat, but headed for my girls recommendation which was the blueberry and vanilla cream tartlet. I can honestly say I have never tasted something so delicious before, I can understand why it was her favourite and I’m sure she was hoping I didn’t like it so she could steal it away.
As I ploughed through my food and had a chat to my wonderful daughter I took in our surroundings, the piano playing in the corner (without musician which we thought was very clever), the young family with a baby having a nice time and the other groups of people who were clearly having a lovely time too. I also noticed how relaxed the atmosphere was and how many families were enjoying the stunning grounds outside, the glorious sunshine probably helped a little.
Overall I really could not fault the Summer Afternoon Tea at the Celtic Manor even if I tried, we finished off with warm goji berry and chia seed scones with strawberry preserve, berry curd and clotted cream, yes they were are good as they sound… No, better.
Before long it was time to leave so we strolled outside to the children’s playground, just passed the archery, laser clay pigeon shooting and crazy golf, and I pushed my girl on the swings, it was a great outdoor area for children and all the different activities looked like lots of fun! The surrounding scenery was breathtaking as well.
The Summer Afternoon Tea is being served until the 6th September at £32 per person (Saturday) and £24 per person (Monday to Friday), you can add a glass of Prosecco for £6.75 or Champagne for £10.50 as well if desired. Please see The Celtic Manor website for further details.
Thank you to the lovely people at the Celtic Manor for allowing me to treat my daughter this weekend, it was pure luxury and I will be visiting again soon.
*Disclaimer- We were guests of the Celtic Manor for the purpose of an honest review. Opinions my own.