29 December 2015

#MyCelticXmas at The Celtic Manor

There's something still so decadent and indulgent about afternoon tea. When the urge for freshly baked scones and fingers sandwiches calls (which is more often than my waist line appreciates...) the only place I like to go is The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.

This festive season The Celtic Manor offeres an Afternoon Tea with a twist and I was lucky enough to have a preview at their annual #MyCelticXmas Blogger Event.





We were served warm Mulled Wine to start with that had been brewing in dainty glass tea pots with crushed Cinnamon sticks and festive spices. Resident Barman Scott explained that the Cinnamon sticks were used to give that classic festive feel, but also add that extra depth and flavour. Our glasses were finished off with a garnish of Orange slices studded with cloves.

To be honest I could quite happily have drunk the whole tea pot...



Once we had finished our Mulled Wine we were offered a selection of loose leaf teas' to accompany our first course. I opted for Chamomile (far left) as I love it's delicate and refreshing flavour.
  

Our first round of savouries came in this gorgeous mini picnic hamper which was too adorable for words! My favourite was the Crab Blini and the dinky Welsh Rarebit on Toast. I'm definitely more of a 'savoury' person so I was in heaven with these.


Next we were served these beautiful plates of finger sandwiches and festive sweet pastries. The Celtic Manor's Head Pastry Chef Karl, also stopped by to introduce us to his latest culinary creations in person before we all tucked in. 



Now afternoon tea wouldn't be complete without Scones, and these Vanilla and Chestnut, and Cranberry beauties didn't disappoint. They were fresh out the oven and beautifully light and moreish served with Homemade Jam and Clotted Cream.


From Carrot Cake, and Pistachio Marzipan Waffle Cones to indulgent White Chocolate Christmas Pudding Truffles, The Celtic Manor's Festive Afternoon Tea has something for everyone this Christmas season.

The Celtic Manor serve their Festive Afternoon Tea in The Olive Tree and Garden Room until the 4th January if you'd like to experience it for yourself.

Please call their Reservations Team for more information 01633 410262 or click here... xoxo

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