We were thrilled to be invited to try out the festive afternoon tea at the Celtic Manor resort. It’s such a lovely setting and so festive during the Christmas period.

When we arrived in to the main lobby it was so incredibly festive. The huge Christmas tree with a train set and miniature village around it is just so enchanting. The little ones loved it. The decorations and Christmas trees dotted around were just divine.

We were seated in the olive tree restaurant for afternoon tea which is decorated with such a classy theme and is really light and airy. The views outside are lovely. The staff were so friendly and great with Archie and Frankie. Firstly they asked us what we would like to drink. There was so much choice including jing teas, coffee hot chocolate , mulled wine and prosecco.

James and I went for the mulled wine which was so gorgeous it smelt just like Christmas should. We were also given a glass of prosecco each. Both little ones opted for a hot chocolate, they were so excited when it arrived with marshmallows and cream on top.

It was then time for afternoon tea. What can I say we were so wowed by the effort and detail that goes in to every item. I also loved the Christmas Celtic manor crockery such a lovely touch.

The children had ham and cheese finger sandwiches which were just perfect for them. They went down a treat. The adult savoury selection was totally delish it included a selection of sandwiches which were turkey and cranberry , cheddar and pear chutney, egg mayonnaise and chive brioche roll , smoked salmon and mayonnaise tartlet, prawn Marie rose vol au vent and a chicken liver pate miniature cone. Every item was so lovingly made and really fresh. The vol au vent and Turkey and cranberry sandwich were my favourite.

Now time for the cakes and sweet treats. We had Celtic Manor mince-pie which was literally the best mince-pie I have ever tasted.  Passion fruit, lime and gingerbread mousse cake which was so light and fluffy this was Frankie’s favourite. Milk chocolate Christmas pudding truffle which was so christmassy and tastes exactly like Christmas pudding it also smelt amazing. Pistachio and raspberry St Honoré this was gorgeous and the pastry was just perfect.


We also had mini cranberry and vanilla and chestnut scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. These were warm and again so fresh. It was all delicious and so Christmassy. We had so much and found it hard to eat all of it so we were given a box to take some home which I thought was a lovely touch.

I would highly recommend this afternoon tea , it made us come away feeling so festive and excited for the Christmas period. The staff were amazing with the children and so attentive at all times. Take a look at the Celtic Manor Website to see the amazing selection of afternoon teas and the other exciting Christmas events they have on offer.

*We were gifted afternoon tea in return for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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