Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport for a festive themed afternoon tea. Unlike most venues that serve afternoon tea, The Celtic Manor offer seasonal afternoon teas and change them to suit each season. Needless to say, the festive edition is full of classic Christmas flavours with modern twists, creative presentation and amazing attention to detail.
I joined a small group of bloggers to spend an afternoon learning more about the hotel, it's new blog and of course - the new Christmas afternoon tea which launches this Christmas. We were greeted with festive decor, Christmas music (love a bit of Buble) and of course, champagne and mulled wine - which was hands down the best mulled wine I have ever tasted. Plus it came in a clear teapot with a cute tea cosy too - which of course, we all had to take photographs of.
The festive afternoon tea was packed full of amazing and delicious food, a selection of teas and coffee, shared between two. The afternoon tea was of course, presented beautifully with three delightful layers of savoury and sweet goodies to tuck into. Finger sandwiches included the classic turkey and cranberry Christmas sandwich and cucumber with lemon and mint creme fraiche to name a few. Three classic christmas puddings with a little twist included a Celtic Manor mince pie, which coincedently was the first mine pie I have ever eaten and actually enjoyed as well as whiskey and marmalade bara brith (welsh cake) and a delightful white chocolate christmas pudding truffle. Is your mouth watering yet?
Finally, three beautifully presented cakes and treats included a pistachio marzipan cone (amazing), glace cherry and apricot florentine (also amazing) and a toasted sweet chesnut bouche noel. Luckily if you can't quite fit all of this deliciousness in one sitting, you can take it home with you in a little box and enjoy it later in the day - which is exactly what I did. This was all part of my plan as the final installment was a delicious, warm and crumbly candied orange and gingerbread scone with clotted cream and strawberry preserve!
With beautiful surroundings, a fantastic central location and three tiers of delicious festive treats, I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with the Festive Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor. I am now officially in the Christmas spirit.