Afternoon tea with a festive twist at The Celtic Manor

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Afternoon tea and Christmas. Two of my most favourite things. So as you can imagine, excitement levels were pretty high when I was invited to attend a festive afternoon tea at The Celtic Manor resort.

As if going to The Celtic Manor wasn't exciting enough, there was going to be cake. And mulled wine. And Christmas!

Expectation was sky high. And it didn't disappoint. 

From the moment I arrived, the atmosphere was inviting, festive and I felt immediately relaxed.

Our afternoon began with a demonstration of how to prepare the perfect glass of warming, spicy mulled wine, by head bartender Scott. If I could only put into words how good it smelt. Christmas in a glass.

This was followed by an explanation of each item on the menu from executive pastry chef Karl, before the food was brought out for us to try.

I was very impressed with the savoury selection. The chicken, sage and onion brioche was especially tasty and there was a good balance of sweet and savoury items.

The cakes were just outstanding. A selection of festive favourites, with a little Celtic Manor magic; there's something to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

My personal favourites were the pistachio and marzipan cone and the mince pie, which had a delightful shortbread topping. Just perfect.

I couldn't finish all of the cakes on offer, but was able to bring them home to share with my family devour myself later that evening. 

As if we hadn't been treated enough, we were given a basket of warm, freshly baked scones to enjoy with jam and clotted cream. The vanilla and chestnut scone was quite simply delicious. And despite my waistband feeling ever so slightly snug, I still managed to fit in a scone. Or two. Well, it would have been rude not to.

Feeling spoilt, full and decidedly festive, it was the perfect end to a wonderful afternoon at The Celtic Manor. From the warm and welcoming staff, to the outstanding food and idyllic setting, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as a special treat over the festive season.

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor is available from 1 December until 4 January. You can find more information here.

Did you know The Celtic Manor also hosts a Christmas Kingdom throughout December? With an ice rink, Santa's grotto and gingerbread decorating, my children would absolutely love to go. It sounds like the perfect festive family day out.


  1. That looks delightful, I love the Christmas twist on the classic afternoon tea especially the sound of the scones. And the chocolate Christmas pudding looks (almost) too good to eat!

  2. I have never been to afternoon tea but I am planning to go soon! Looks like you had a wonderful time and beautiful photos too.

  3. Wow, sounds and looks amazing. Mulled wine really IS Christmas in a glass, mmmm. The vanilla and chestnut scones sound yum! I'd quite like to try those. I'm glad you had a lovely time :) xx

  4. Sounds like such an awesome event, I have never been to celtic manor but sounds divine. The cakes are mulled wine are too yummy to resist.

  5. Oh my what a fabulous opportunity! I am so jealous!! The food looks amazing and sounds delicious. You can not beat an afternoon tea ... Unless it's with mulled wine of course :) X

  6. Why did I click this while I was waiting for dinner? This look so yummy!! I would love to do a proper afternoon tea sometime.

  7. Nothing beats a good afternoon tea and this one looks incredible! I love that they are offering a festive afternoon tea. How cute is that glass tea pot! x