Celtic Manor Summer Afternoon Tea

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!

Prices are:

£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)

Book online here and there are other options and themes for afternoon tea available as shown here.

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.

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*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*

Appy Kids Co Drinks Review & Giveaway

Having the kids off school means that every other minute they’re asking for something to eat or drink! We were delighted to be sent some yummy drinks from Appy Kids Co  for them to try out. Appy Kids Co make wholesome and low sugar drinks without compromising on the taste. Their packaging is earth friendly by using recyclable materials and they also give back by replanting trees. What’s not to like? Stick around for the chance to win some for yourself at the end of this post!

We received a mixed box of:

Paw Patrol Juice Drinks in Orange & Apple 

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These are 200 ml juice packs with a plastic wrapped straw to the back. Featuring characters from the Nickleodeon cartoon Paw Patrol. We tried both orange and apple flavours which went down a treat, with the apple being the winner. The sweetness of the drinks comes from the fruit & Stevia (a healthy sweet leaf replacement for sugar or artificial sweeteners). The apple version has red/green & golden apples plus Stevia and the orange version has apples, oranges and Stevia. Just the right amount to quench a thirst, the children really enjoyed them.

Peppa Pig Tropical Juice Drinks

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These are 200ml juice boxes with a plastic wrapped straw attached to the back featuring characters from the Peppa Pig cartoon.  We got the tropical flavour which contains Apple, orange, passion fruit, mango, apricot, pineapple and Stevia. Again these were well received and I’m reliably informed that the technical term is “Yummy”.

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Some other great points:

  • Vegetarian Society Approved
  • Great for lunchboxes or days out
  • There is an app that can be downloaded from the App store or Play store then the packs can be scanned to get props to use within the app to customise pictures.
  • No worries about sugar overload – all good stuff in these!
  • There are Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Gruffalo, Minions, Dora & Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles variations available.

For a list of stockists click here.

For your chance to win an awesome bundle for yourself which includes:

Appy prize hamper

  • 3 x 5-pack of Paw Patrol Juice Drink Pouches
  • 3 x 3-pack of Peppa Pig Fruit Drink Cartons
  • 1 x Peppa Pig 9in1 Puzzle Pack by Jumbo Games

Click on the Rafflecopter below to enter:

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 03/09/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.
8. Emails collected as part of entry will not be shared with any third party.

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*We were gifted the drinks in return for the purposes of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Nurture Prize Bundle Giveaway

WIN A NURTURE FRUITY WATER+ PRIZE BUNDLE!

I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Natural Immune Products, producer of the healthy children’s drinks Nurture Fruity Water+, to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a fabulous Nurture prize bundle – worth £25 each – which includes:

* A Firsty plush neck pillow (available in pink or blue) for comfy travel

* A Nurture puzzle book to challenge little minds

* A Nurture growth chart to measure our growing kiddies

* PLUS 4 mess-free pouches of Nurture’s delicious drinks to include Cherry & Strawberry Fruity Water+ and Orange & Pineapple Fruity Water+

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Nurture Fruity Water+, sold in Boots, Holland & Barrett and Ocado, is targeted specifically at young children (aged from 1 year) with added nutrients to support immunity and lower naturally occurring sugar. Made with 45% natural juice and 55% water, as well as nutrients that support immunity, bones, and teeth (scientifically proven with EU health claims) – Nurture Fruity Water+ contains no added sugar and less than 1 teaspoon of naturally occurring sugar per 100ml. What’s more, it is school approved and offers the UK’s first mess-free pouch for on-the-go convenience.

Nurture Fruity Water+ was created to support children’s immunity and help busy, on-the-go families stay healthy.It’s the first functional drink of its kind targeted specifically at young children (from 1 year). Nurture is the story of parents Lucie and Derek Sanders. With three children of their own, they were on a mission to create a children’s drink that not only tastes delicious but is healthy, thanks to its natural goodness. Driven by a firm belief that if children consume less sugar from an early age, they will be less inclined to develop a ‘sweet tooth’ and more inclined to make healthy consumption choices later on, Lucie and Derek have focused on flavours that kids love. Nurture Fruity Water+ is all about nurturing our little ones’ healthy habits for life. Out with sugar, and in with flavour!

For a chance to win enter via the Rafflecopter below. Visit nurtureimmunity.com for stockists and information.

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2.There are 5 prizes available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 04/03/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

 

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The Tipple Lovers Valentine’s Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is soon to be upon us (for anyone that’s from the planet Zog it’s on the 14th Feb). Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a while or just starting out it can be difficult to know what to buy. Here are a few ideas from online drinks vendor 31 Dover for those of you that like a drink and want something special for your Valentine.

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1. Warner Edwards Victoria Rhubarb Gin 20cl £19.95

Pretty in Pink and with it’s own tin this Gin is made with hand picked Queen Victoria Rhubarb from a Crown Estate farm.

2. Pothecary Gin 10CL & Chocolates In Gift Box £22.95

Includes a sweet little bottle of gin and two highly original new sweet treats from Miss Witt Chocolates using their signature water ganache. The chocolates made from Venezuelan 40% milk chocolate and featuring Lavender and Sicillian Lemon flavours are sure to be a hit.

3. Men’s Society Make Your Own Leather Hipflask Kit £34.95

This nifty little  kit contains a 30oz hip flask and everything you need to make your own leather hipflask case  including leather pieces, a leather punch, needles and thread, the manual and even a practice leather piece too. Great for when you want something a bit different for the man (or woman) in your life!

4. Peated Malts Of Distinction Miniature Gift Pack From Beam Suntory £17.95

This of 4 5cl miniature peated malt whiskies including Ardmore Legacy, Connemara Original, Bowmore Small Batch and Laphroaig Select and includes a booklet about the peated whisky production process.

5. The SloeGasm Cocktail Bundle £47.95

Containing 1 bottle of  Chapel Down Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 and 1 bottle of Sipsmith Sloe Gin it’s everything you need to make a naughty but nice Sloegasm cocktail to share 😉

6. Smirnoff Electric Berry Group Shots £32.95

This bundle includes a bottle of Smirnoff Berry Electric Vodka Liqueur and 4 stainless steel metal shot glasses for you to share the love and enjoy with friends.

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 *This is a collaborative post*

Sweet Champions Done Adulting Box Giveaway

I thought once I hit around 30 I’d feel like a proper adult. Nope. I was wrong. Researchers for a poll by Tangerine confectionery – makers of Sweet Champions Sweets – polled 2,000 Brits over the age of 30 and found they did not consider themselves an adult until 33. Not sure I go along with that as  I may look older but I definitely don’t feel it.

The fabulous people at Candyland Sweet Champions kindly sent me a Done Adulting box, which contained lots of sweets (win!) to help me embrace my inner kidult when I’ve had a hard day adulting. It contains all my favourite retro sweets such as Refreshers, Black Jacks, Fruit Salad and Sherbert Dip Dabs.

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A copy of the bestselling book ‘Adulting. How I become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps’ by Kelly Williams Brown.

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A Kidult Colouring Book with pictures to colour in of all your favourite retro sweets.

Lastly some stickers for when you’ve really had a good go at this adulting lark!

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How many of these signs you’re a kidult can you tick off?

You…

  1. Watch whole box-sets in a weekend
  2. Have recently got a tattoo
  3. Have set up a Whatsapp group with your friends
  4. Used a Snapchat selfie filter on your profile pic
  5. Listen to Radio 1
  6. Voted for someone on the X Factor
  7. Have gone to a music festival
  8. Have bought a must-have pair of trainers
  9. Regularly raid the sweetie cupboard for treats
  10. Have ridden a scooter to work/on the school run
  11. Owned a novelty phone case
  12. Queued for a new Iphone
  13. Downed a pint in one
  14. Worn skinny jeans
  15. Used a selfie stick
  16. Love eating a Sherbert Fountain or Dip Dab
  17. Worn a band t-shirt
  18. Worn ripped jeans
  19. Gone abroad on a stag or hen do
  20. Edited Social Media photos to make you look younger/ more attractive
  21. Bought a pet rather than have a baby
  22. Dumped a partner because you weren’t ready for anything serious
  23. Use nicknames for all your friends
  24. Let your parents do your washing, housework, DIY or gardening
  25. Asked your parents to borrow money
  26. Watched shows like TOWIE/Made in Chelsea/Ex on the beach/Love Island/Kardashians
  27. Have gone straight to work after a night out
  28. Stayed up all night playing computer games
  29. Worn fancy dress for Halloween
  30. Dyed your hair a crazy colour.

I ticked off 17 so not quite as kidult as I thought. My worst is raiding the sweetie cupboard. Naughty. My fave sweets as a kid were Frosties Cola sweets so I was delighted to find some in my Done Adulting box!!

Now I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win a Sweet Champions Done Adulting Box for themselves! Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is no cash alternative offered.
3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
4. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
5. The giveaway will run until Midnight 29/1/17
6. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize 🙂

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*We were sent the box free for the purpose of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*