I do enjoy afternoon tea, in fact my post on places to go for afternoon tea in Cardiff is the most popular on this blog.
When Pettigrew Tearooms in Bute Park opened about 18 months ago, I really wanted to try their afternoon tea, but until last Saturday had only made it there for a single slice of cake.
A friend and I booked a table for their festive afternoon tea (£15pp) ages ago and I had high hopes. And it didn’t disappoint.
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!
The food and drinks were faultless and the setting of the tea room makes it really special (it’s right inside Cardiff Castle walls, at the entrance to Bute Park). The interior has been cleverly designed too, with authentic tiling on the floor and lovely mismatched vintage china.
This place is a must-visit in Cardiff. But if you’re planning to enjoy the festive tea, book soon – David told me Saturday was their busiest ever day, with 40 covers pre-booked for afternoon tea. I can see why it’s so popular.