This week my friend and I were invited to try out Spring Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor Resort. We were extremely excited to be able to spend an afternoon together- two mothers on a mission! Our goal was to try out all the gorgeous delights on their Spring Afternoon Tea menu, tough right?!
Celtic Manor is the most gorgeous of places, with views across the golf course and tonnes of light pouring in, it’s a blissful environment, perfect for afternoon tea with a friend. It was lovely to have the one-on-one time to really enjoy each others company, as well as the chance to savour each tantalising item.
We were welcomed with smiles and warm greetings, a perfect start to our afternoon. Our table was perfectly laid out and we were immediately offered champagne as well as a choice of teas. My friend chose chamomile and I went for Blackcurrant and Hibiscus, and they were both stunningly presented and delicious.
My lovely companion is vegetarian and requires a gluten-free diet, and I cannot even begin to say how amazingly accommodating the resort staff were with this request. In fact, I was actually envious of some of the specially made gluten-free and vegetarian dishes- they looked so good!
The standard selection consists of:
- Roast chicken Caesar salad bouchée
- Turkey, crushed pea and pesto bruschetta
- Smoked salmon and spiced beetroot relish choux bun
- Tomato, cream cheese and avocado crostini
- Salt beef and horseradish baguette with spring watercress
- Whipped paté on brioche
After we cleared our savoury plates it was time for dessert. We were given two separate cake stands, one gluten free for my friend and a standard one for myself. They were both outstanding, and once again we were spoilt for choice!
We worked from the top down, but later found out the scones would have been warm if we’d eaten them first! It didn’t matter though, because they were still gorgeous. I loved the gluten free options, especially the gluten free scones- they looked so good…
The standard selection includes:
- Chocolate marquise, orange truffle and gingerbread
- Strawberry mousse tart and meringue
- Honey and lemon sphere with raspberry and Florentine
- Banoffee delice with fudge and vanilla cream
I think my absolute favourite was the chocolate marquise, orange truffle and gingerbread, but I also adored the strawberry mousse tart and meringue. They were absolutely delicious and extremely more-ish!
Everything was beautifully presented, from intricate butterflies to flowers and flavours that are perfectly combined…
When it came to the rose scented scones we were already pretty full, which surprised us both, but of course we made room for them. They were so delicious and the rose flavoured element reminded me of Turkish Delight, which brought back many fond memories of my childhood and my Father.
It was such a wonderful experience, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I had time to sit and contemplate life with my very lovely friend, whilst also enjoying all the delights on offer. We were both able to enjoy ourselves surrounded by gorgeous scenery, fabulous and passionate staff and unbelievably delicious food.
Afternoon Tea costs £21.50 per person (Monday – Friday) and £29.50 per person (Saturday & Sunday), and there’s the option of adding champagne or prosecco to your selection which would then range from £26.50-£36.50. The Spring menu is available until 10th March 2017.
Disclosure: I received afternoon tea in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.