28 August 2016

Afternoon Tea For Two At Llangoed Hall

Going for afternoon tea is hands-down one of my favourite things to do. There's something about relaxing with a cup of tea whilst enjoying dainty sandwiches, scones and petit fours that I honestly can't resist (sometimes I think I belong in a different era...)

A few months ago whilst researching local venues at work I came across Llangoed Hall in the Wye Valley. I instantly fell in love with its country charm and sweeping driveway that I knew I had to visit in person.

Llangoed Hall is about an hours drive from Cardiff along the A470 that sweeps around the stunning Brecon Beacons. The drive itself is breath-taking as you take in the beautiful Welsh landscape made up of countless rolling hills and valleys, as well as infamous Pen Y Fan (tallest mountain in SouthWales).

'Llangoed Hall was believed to have been the legendary White Palace, home of the first Welsh parliament. A mansion existed from 1632. It was first in the possession of the MacNamara family having been won in a card game and it stayed with them for two generations until 1847.
In 1912 Clough Williams Ellis re-designed the mansion as a country house. Sir Bernard Ashley bought Llangoed Hall in 1987 and opened it as a hotel in 1990.'

Day dreaming the afternoon away...

After exploring all that we could of the ground floor, my Mum and I were seated in gloriously comfy armchairs next to a log fire. With it being Summer, it was sadly not lit. I couldn't imagine anything better than snuggling up with a good book and a hot chocolate in front of it when the weather turns.

My Mum and I both went for the Traditional Full Afternoon Tea. With that came a choice of either tea or coffee, I opted for a pot of coffee and my Mum went for a Chamomile Tea. Our afternoon tea was served in the most beautiful hand-painted bone china. I was in heaven!

After our tea and coffee arrived we were brought an enormous 3 tiered cake stand each that consisted of finger sandwiches, root vegetable crisps and dressed lettuce leaves on the bottom tier. It was lovely to have a variety of savoury options that you could pick at in between the pastries to break up the sweetness a little.

The middle layer had a pistachio crème filled choux bun, fruit topped tart and a freshly baked scone served with home-made strawberry jam and clotted cream! These 3 beauties were my favourites, especially the pistachio crème filled choux bun.

The top layer featured a raspberry macaroon and chocolate layered square. These were both equally amazing, and oh so pretty to look at. We were also served fruit trifles in shot glasses but we were so full by the time we got around to look at them that we just couldn't eat them. If anyone thinks afternoon tea isn't filling, has never visited Llangoed Hall...

My beautiful Mum!

Llangoed Hall offered the best afternoon tea I'd ever had and at £26 per person, I couldn't recommend it enough (menu link here!) The location is stunningly beautiful and the staff were knowledgeable and incredibly helpful.

If I'm ever lucky enough to get married, I know where I'll be checking out first... xoxo


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