When someone messages you asking if you fancy trying their afternoon tea it doesn’t take much to say yes, does it?! So when the Celtic Manor in Newport asked us to try out their Summer Afternoon Tea there was no thinking needed. Tea, cake and much more with great company in Jo from First Time Valley Mam and Sally from Teddy Bears And Cardigans.
We were shown through to the light and airy Olive Tree room, seated and offered a glass of Prosecco, sadly I had to decline as I was driving! The bottle was brought over to and opened at the table to the ladies that were partaking in a glass.
Jorge came and introduced himself and talked us through the choice of blends of tea which he showed us in glass vials. We could have: Black/White/Green/Herbal Infusions as well as English Breakfast and there was also coffee if preferred.
The teas were brought in a proper teapots, not small ones either! We were given one each and the tea was in leaf form so we needed a good old fashioned strainer which we were also provided with.
We were asked before the food was brought out whether there were any allergies/intolerances within the group and we advised that yes, we required 1 to be nut free and 1 to be gluten free. This was not a problem we were told and we chatted amongst ourselves while we waited for the goodness to arrive.
Due to the allergies we were brought separate options for the nut free and gluten free and the ‘normal’ one was enough for the 2 others in the party to share. The savouries were brought first and consisted of:
- Goats cheese and pesto mousse with pickled shallots
- Smoked salmon, cream cheese and caviar blini
- Baked tomato and chilli tart with minted pea salad
- Roasted ham and wholegrain mustard finger sandwich
- Mini brioche bridge roll with egg mayonnaise and baby spinach
- Hafod cheese and spiced carrot relish finger sandwich
There was only one out of them all I disliked and that was the smoked salmon, I really wanted to like it and I tried it because I wanted to be open to trying everything so I could fully experience it. I disliked it purely on personal taste and no other reason. My favourite was the baked tomato and chilli tart, the chilli gave it a kick, the pea and mint gave it a little sweetness. The cheese and spiced carrot relish was orangey, almost a marmalade taste which I actually really liked.
Once the plates for the savoury were cleared we were offered more tea/coffee asked if all was ok and told the news we all couldn’t wait to hear, the sweets were on there way!
Again they were brought out as separate versions for the nut free, gluten free and standard. They included:
- Red berry and vanilla shortbread ‘Jammie Dodger’
- Summer Pudding with citrus creme fraiche
- Raspberry and chocolate canneloni
- Strawberry mousse and almond tartlet
- Freshly baked raisin and vanilla scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream
The cakes are small and you might be fooled into thinking you can stuff the lot no problem. Think again! I have the worlds worst sweet tooth and I really struggled. I managed a scone with preserve and cream, raspberry and chocolate cannelloni and summer pudding. My favourite was most definitely the scone. We asked for some boxes to take our remaining cakes home though so if you do go, don’t forget to ask for one!
£21.50 per person (Monday – Friday) £29.50 per person (Saturday & Sunday) Children £10.75 per person (Monday – Friday) £14.15 per person (Saturday & Sunday)
The only thing I would say was that because we had separate tiers of food, we struggled to fit everything on the table and we could have done with a little more room although this is a minor gripe and didn’t stop the enjoyment of the food itself. Everything was clean and tidy, nothing was too much trouble for the staff and although the room was really busy it wasn’t too noisy. I wouldn’t hesitate to go again or recommend to a friend. It would make a lovely birthday/christmas/just because present. In fact whilst we where there there was a lady having her baby shower.
*We were invited free of charge to try the afternoon tea for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*