The Celtic Manor was running a promotion for 20% off gift vouchers so this was the perfect opportunity to go for afternoon tea. I have never been to the Celtic Manor and I have heard mixed reviews.
When we arrived we parked in the underground car park which was handy as it was tipping down!
We went to the Olive Tree restaurant area and waited to be greeted. We were stood by the desk for a few minutes and a member of staff started to approach us. At the same time a rude lady and her kids barged in front of us. Annoyingly the member of staff spoke to them first! It was obvious we had arrived first. The waiter acknowledge it but it made us feel a bit invisible. My poor sister was nine months pregnant at the time!
We were shown to our table and the first thing we noticed was how close together the tables were. When the guests arrived next to us, it was a bit awkward as it was almost like were on the same table.
The Summer afternoon tea menu was running when we visited. It is good that they change the menu each season and also have a festive menu and a family meal with santa.
There is a good selection of tea available, but we both opted for English breakfast tea. It was funny when my sister forgot to use the strainer, but a waiter had noticed and magically produced a clean cup. This was excellent service as we had not said anything to them about it.
We were presented with a canapés plate which were delicious. Smoked salmon cream cheese Bellini, baked tomato & chili pea tart and goats cheese pesto mousse. As we had dietary requirements they gave us two extra coronation chicken wraps.
When we were eating our canapés we were asked if we would like a glass of complimentary Prosecco which was a nice surprise- for me anyways!
Our canapés plate was whisked away and our our stand was delivered.
The sandwiches consisted of cheese and spiced carrot relish and egg and cress finger sandwiches. A salt beef and horseradish baguette and a coronation chicken wrap. It was nice to have a variety of types of bread to mix it up a bit. The salt beef was particularly good.
The scones were a good size with plenty of jam and cream. One plain and one fruit each.
The cakes were delicate patisserie style. Dark chocolate and raspberry pastille mille feuille, summer pudding with Chantilly cream and shortbread. Eton mess tartlet and strawberry, white chocolate and almond mousse. By this point I was feeling pretty full so I took half of my cakes home.
You can book online.
£21.50 per person (Monday – Friday)
£29.50 per person (Saturday & Sunday)
The service in the restaurant was good, the atmosphere was pleasant. I would say that the initial greeting did annoy us both and the fact that we felt conscious our neighbouring table was so close. The food was lovely and I would recommend visiting so keep an eye out for special deals for gift vouchers.