This is an update of an old post about afternoon tea in Cardiff, which was far and away the most popular post on the blog. Which proves just how much people like afternoon tea. Here are my five favourites.
Pettigrew Tea Rooms
Pettigrew Tearooms in Bute Park opened in the spring of 2012 and has quickly become a one of Cardiff City centre’s most popular places. Set inside the West Lodge in the Castle Walls, at the entrance to Bute Park, it’s a unique setting.
The interior has been cleverly designed too, with authentic tiling on the floor and lovely mismatched vintage china.
A friend and I booked for their festive afternoon tea (£15pp) last Christmas and it was such a treat.
Owner David greeted us with a teacup of non-alcoholic mulled wine and a mini mince pie each on arrival and we were then treated to endless pots of tea (we went for the Christmas blend, a black tea very similar to Chai with warming Christmas spices) finger sandwiches, cranberry scones and a slab of cake of our choice. Luckily they are equipped with plenty of cake boxes for you to take home whatever you can’t manage!
Their regular afternoon tea is £13.95 and I’d really recommend the lavender Earl Grey tea and a slice of classic victoria sponge. This place is a must-visit in Cardiff.
Waterloo Gardens Teahouse
Readers of the blog already know how much I love this funky suburban tea room.
If you’re looking for an afternoon tea with a difference, this is your place. With over 50 teas to choose from – they also serve coffee if you need a caffeine fix – you really are spoilt for choice.
Afternoon Tea at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse
As for the food, it’s the usual finger sandwiches (tuna, smoked salmon, roasted peppers and hummus for example) although they will cater to dietary requirements (including gluten-free). It’s the cakes that really excel though – the freshly mades scones with cream and jam are melt-in-the-mouth delicious and you’re also able to choose a huge wedge of one of the many cakes on offer too. The courgette & lime and white chocolate & raspberry cakes are my personal favourite.
Cost; £13.50 per person.
I also hear they’re opening a new branch soon…watch this space for more…
St David’s Hotel
Afternoon Tea at St David’s Hotel, Cardiff
What a treat the afternoon tea at St David’s Hotel is! My friend and I pushed the boat out on this occasion and opted for the champagne afternoon tea (£26pp). We were shown to the a window table at Tempus restaurant with a wonderful view of Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina. The bubbles (Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne) were brought over as soon as we sat down and we were also given a choice of teas, served in gorgeous vintage china cups.
The cake tier was out of this world! Scones with jam and cream (of course), delicious mini pastries and exquisite cupcakes (on this occasion one blueberry and one carrot flavour). Their taste definitely lived up to presentation. It really was a lovely experience and I would highly recommend Afternoon Tea at St David’s Hotel, particularly for a special occasion or treat.
Traditional afternoon tea costs £18.95 per person.
Park Plaza Cardiff
The Park Plaza offers both traditional (£15pp) and champagne (£25pp) Afternoon Tea at its Laguna restaurant. My companion and I had afternoon tea there during December and the Christmassy touches (mince pies, a big slab of Christmas cake) were a lovely addition. A special mention has to go to the teeny blackcurrant macaron placed on the top tier. Perfectly formed and full of flavour, I’ve never seen macaron included in an afternoon tea before and it was an unexpected treat.
Afternoon tea at Park Plaza Cardiff
I opted for the cinnamon tea which was deliciously warming and perfectly complimented the seasonal cakes on the menu.
Have you tried afternoon tea at another Cardiff location? What did you think? And do you agree with my experiences? Let me know!
I paid in full for each afternoon tea mentioned here and none of the restaurants were made aware I would be blogging about them.