Afternoon tea

My favourites places for afternoon tea in Cardiff

Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Pettigrew Tearooms in Bute Park opened in the spring of 2012 and quickly became 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 and beautiful setting.

The interior has been cleverly designed too, with authentic tiling on the floor, copious amounts of bunting and dainty mismatched vintage china.


Expect traditional afternoon tea with fingers sandwiches (you can choose your fillings on the day), scones (again you get a choice of plain or fruit) and another huge slice of cake. I recommend going classic with the Victoria sponge. 

Look out for Pettigrew’s special occasion afternoon teas, I’ve been at Christmas and it’s such a treat.

Pettigrew’s regular afternoon tea is £15.45. 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
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.

Try Waterloo Tea’s other branches in Cardiff City Centre and Penarth.

Barker Teahouse

Barker teahouse is a relaxed tea shop, with vintage touches, quirky but delicious food and hipster staff.  When we visited I had the green chai, which was a lovely spiced tea, as you’d expect from chai, but much lighter with the green tea base.

Expect a huge afternoon tea here; Sandwiches, two scones, a huge slab of cake, a flapjack, a caramel shortbread and two brownies per person!

Afternoon tea at Barker Tea House
Afternoon tea (for one person!) at Barker Tea House
Read my full blog on Barker tea house here.

Barker Tea House

St David’s Hotel

Afternoon Tea at St David's Hotel, Cardiff
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 when we visited 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 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
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!

Select the afternoon tea category on the sidebar to see my latest reviews of afternoon tea in and around Cardiff.

I take afternoon tea very seriously
I take afternoon tea very seriously!
I paid in full for each afternoon tea mentioned here and none of the restaurants were made aware I would be blogging about them.

All prices correct at time of writing.  

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