Afternoon tea is the perfect way to indulge a sweet tooth and in Wales, not only can you look forward to classic dainty sandwiches, bite-size fancies and lashings of clotted cream on warm scones served with a pot of tea or even a glass of bubbly, but you are also likely to find delicious home-made Welsh Cakes and traditional Bara Brith on the menu. Top of Form
We think that everyone should make time for a little indulgence and with Afternoon Tea Week fast approaching, we have searched the country for the best places to enjoy an afternoon tea in Wales. Whether you are planning a romantic break, a day out with the girls or celebrating a special occasion, whet your appetite and explore the wonders of Welsh Afternoon Tea with these five mouth-watering recommendations.
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Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, Conwy
For the ultimate Welsh afternoon tea experience, head to the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in Conwy. Here, afternoon tea is served within a former 18th-century stable building on a vintage tiered platter against the spectacular backdrop of the Conwy Estuary. Pour yourself a steaming pot of Welsh brewed tea and tuck into freshly made sandwiches on Bodnant bread with a variety of traditional Welsh fillings, followed by a selection of sweet treats. Everything is handmade using locally-sourced Welsh ingredients. Highlights include their Welsh Cakes made using the dairy’s homemade buttermilk, and warm-baked scones served with Bodnant’s handmade salted butter, clotted cream and Pant Glas jam. Divine!
Afternoon tea at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre starts at £22 for two people.
Tu Hwnt I’r Bont Tearoom, Llanrwst
Boasting a delectable ‘secret recipe’ scone, the award-winning Tu Hwnt I’r Bont Tearoom is always a memorable experience. Nestled along the west bank of the River Conwy and clad in colourful ivy, this 400-year-old traditional Welsh tearoom has long been known for its excellent afternoon teas. Delight in homemade crumbly Bara Brith, a plate of freshly baked local bread and butter with a selection of preserves plus a cornucopia of heavenly cakes, all served up with a pot of their very own blended tea. This little gem offers a truly authentic taste of North Wales and is a wonderful place to relax in idyllic settings.
Afternoon tea at Tu Hwnt I’r Bont Tearoom starts at £12.40 per person.
St Tudno Hotel, Llandudno
Offering great views as well as great cake, the award-winning Victorian St Tudno Hotel on Llandudno’s seafront should definitely be on your list of afternoon tea spots in Wales to try. A fine array of delicate finger sandwiches and irresistible cakes and pastries are presented with traditional Bara Brith and hot buttered Welsh Cakes. For a special treat, you can upgrade to the Deluxe St Tudno Afternoon Tea and receive a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream along with a chilled glass of house Champagne. You can then burn off all those calories with a gentle stroll along the picturesque promenade.
Afternoon tea at St Tudno Hotel starts at £11.95 per person.
Llangoed Hall, Llyswen
Afternoon teas at Llangoed Hall are a lavish affair and a quintessential experience that must be savoured and never rushed. This magnificent country mansion situated next to the River Wye is the former home of renowned designer, Laura Ashley. Inspired by her style, visitors can try a Laura Ashley Afternoon Tea which includes a refreshing glass of Elderflower Champagne, a selection of floral teas, enticing finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and a colourful display of fancies, all served on bespoke Caverswall crockery. If you’re looking to sample a more traditional Welsh afternoon tea, they also offer a Welsh Tea with Bara Brith and Welsh Cakes.
Afternoon tea at Llangoed Hall starts at £12.50 per person.
The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny is the perfect choice for an afternoon spent sipping tea and nibbling cake, having held an Award of Excellence from The Tea Guild since 2008. From an assortment of sandwiches and savouries to melt in the mouth scones and delicate patisserie, served with as many pots of loose leaf teas, coffees and infusions as you can possibly drink from their extensive menu, these afternoon teas are all about indulgence.
Afternoon tea at The Angel Hotel starts from £25 per person.
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For more great foodie inspiration for your Welsh holiday, have a read of our ‘Secret Snowdonia for food lovers’ blog.
*Prices are correct at the time of publishing; however, they are subject to change.