Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Tea time. Me time at the Celtic Manor

For Christmas my brother and his girlfriend bought me and my mum a spa and afternoon tea experience at the Celtic Manor Resort. I've experienced my fair share of afternoon teas and spas over the years but the Celtic Manor was one I'd yet to get to, but always wanted to visit. 

After booking the day off work my mum and I packed our swimming costumes and the books we're currently reading and off we went down the M4, luckily the hotel is only about a 20 minute drive from where we live so it's a quick trip. It had been a few years since I was last at the Celtic Manor so it was nice to be back, I'd forgotten just how big the hotel and resort as a whole is. 

In the spa we were greeted with a great big fluffy bath robe, slippers and a towel. I can't quite explain just how excited I was to be trying out their spa for the first time, I'd seen photos of the swimming pool and loved how relaxing it looked with the starry sky effect over the pool. We soon settled onto our loungers, I had intended on getting a bit of reading done but it wasn't long before the jacuzzi was calling me. 

Hi legs!

After spending time in the pool, where I did a grand total of two lengths but lots of lounging, we headed upstairs for our afternoon tea. The hotel currently has the Garden Party Afternoon Tea as their summer variation of afternoon tea. Starting off with a hamper full of miniature favourites, the stand outs for me were the Mini brioche roll with Wentlooge egg mayonnaise and cress and the Chicken, basil and rocket wrap all washed down with some extremely refreshing old fashioned lemonade.

My mum couldn't wait for me to take a photo before grabbing the egg roll and knocking over the chicken wrap in the process...
 Next up was finger sandwiches alongside pastries and cakes. Who knew a cheese and pickle sandwich could taste so good? The stars of this round for me were the Baked elderflower custard, sugared shortbread served in an egg and the Raspberry texture tart which I could have eaten another one of.

Following this came a basket of warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, we managed one scone between us and boxed up our remaining scone and cakes. The Celtic Manor have cleverly thought about supplying boxes for people to take away the treats they're not able to finish, I'm pretty sure that everyone who goes for afternoon tea must make use of this as the whole thing is huge and at £19 during the week is insanely good value for money.

We left the Celtic Manor thoroughly relaxed, very full and already planning our return visit. In fact, we were so impressed with it that we're going back this Friday for the Sunset Spa Experience to celebrate the eve of my 29th birthday, only this time my aunt is coming along for a truly girly evening of pampering.

Thank you to my brother and his girlfriend for a really wonderful Christmas present and thank you to the Celtic Manor for just being so wonderful in general, I'm very glad you're only a short drive from Cardiff!



  1. That afternoon tea looks amazing, especially the little egg! Very clever!

    Chloe x

    1. It was the best afternoon tea I've ever had! The eggs were a highlight, bravo to the chef that thought of presenting it like that.


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