Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

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..





  1. linda
    May 21, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    The angel was a truly wonderful experience thank you for taking me there I look forward to our next little jaunt xx

    • approachwithcoffee
      May 22, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Hopefully our next afternoon tea won’t be too long away ☕️🍰

  2. Rhys
    May 21, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Take me next time!

    Another great piece of writing Jade.


  3. Lisa bassett
    May 22, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    The Ruperra in Bassaleg, really nice , friendly and cosy

    • approachwithcoffee
      May 22, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Ohh I’ll have to add that to my forever growing list! x

  4. Ashleigh
    May 22, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    The angel is definitely my fave too, I can’t wait to have high tea there!
    The farmers arms in goldcliffe is lovely…more relaxed but delicious!
    The gentlemens afternoon tea at park plaza was lovely too – I bet Rhys would love it but it isn’t the traditional sandwiches and scones which is what it’s all about xxx

    • approachwithcoffee
      May 22, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      The high tea there was amazing Ash, you’ll love it!
      Rhys is dying to come on one with me – bless him all he’s experienced is a doggy bag each time xxx

  5. November 12, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I absolutely loved reading this! I am a Nigerian who recently moved to the UK about 4 years ago and I’ve never truly understood the Tea culture, although I am beginning to. I do find it fascinating.
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  6. Hayley
    December 9, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    The Angel an the Three Salmons are glorious for afternoon tea completely agree! Also 100% behind you with the crockery – its part of the experience!
    Enjoyed reading once again ❤

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