I’ve had my fair share of afternoon tea experiences – and as I’m scanning through the internet to see where to try next, I’m thinking to myself – what does a good afternoon tea actually consist of, what separates it from the rest and justifies the extra cost? After all its just tea and cake, right? Wrong!
I like to eat out, and I like great service so I don’t mind paying more if it means I have a good experience. Inspired by my afternoon of tea and cake with my mam this week – I’ve put together a little break down of what separates the good from the bad.
First and foremost – a good selection of cakes and savouries is essential, I had my first high tea experience this week and I have to say there’s no looking back now! The addition of cheesy pastries and hearty mushroom puffs is a game changer! I also think that having the additional savouries like homemade sausage rolls makes it more appetising for men making it a nice change for father’s day or special occasions.
Secondly is the surroundings, I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been to a few glorious places to have afternoon tea, and they have been in lovely hotels usually – with fancy rooms and great servers. The main reason I usually book an afternoon tea is because it’s for a celebration or special occasion so I always feel like it’s a nicer experience when the setting is luxurious. My top favourite (like most other people living in South Wales!) is The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny its gorgeous and although it’s a little more expensive – you really do get your moneys worth, there is so much food and a broad variety of tea. The high tea here is perfect! Its served in Wedgewood Room which is beautiful and your waited on hand and foot. Another I recommend is Three Salmon’s, Usk this is a tiny bit more relaxed/casual but still the quality is there, the scones they serve here as part of the afternoon tea are gorgeous!
The final thing that I enjoy about a good quality afternoon tea is pretty crockery. For me this makes or breaks an experience. The cakes could taste great but at the end of the day I could go to Asda and buy a decent cake and slap it onto basic china! Call me a crockery snob but I instantly get frustrated when I get served basic white dingy cups and saucers.
Where would you recommend I try next for my cake and cuppa fix?? Leave your suggestions in the comments, I’d love to know where your favourites are too..