This autumn our afternoon tea is a celebration of Wales and its fabulous produce!
Head Pastry Chef Michael Coggan has created a patriotic take on a traditional afternoon tea with a host of beautiful cakes and pastries. With a passion for local ingredients, he’s sourced as much produce as possible from food and drink suppliers in Wales.
Love spoons are traditional gift given to loved ones in Wales since the 17th century, on wedding days and also Saint Dwynwen’s (Welsh patron saint of love) on 25th January.
Rugby opera cake
It’s the nation’s game and the national stadium’s in our city, so there was no excuse not to include a little homage to the sport. With a rugby ball-shaped biscuit featuring the Prince of Wales’s feathers, you can’t get more Welsh than this!
With more sheep in Wales than people, there’s a cheeky nod to these fluffy creatures via a vanilla and apple tart.
Inspired by the material that made Wales what it is today: in Wales, coal also knows as black gold. A black macaron shell with flecks of gold is filled with a dark chocolate and Merlyn ganache. Merlyn is a Welsh cream liqueur made by Penderyn Distillery near Merthyr Tydfil, who also produce some amazing spirits.
Welsh cakes and scones
Also known as pice ar y maen, Welsh cakes are a traditional teatime treat. They’re freshly baked every day along with our scones, and served with clotted cream and Welsh Lady jam, which is made on the Llyn Peninsula.
Served alongside the sweet treats are finger sandwiches which draw on delicious Welsh ingredients from Pant ys Gawn goat’s cheese to Severn and Wye smoke salmon.
Plus, we’re serving the little-known Welsh oggie. Historically a Welsh miners’ lunch, these controversial pastries are a taste of Welsh heritage.
Much like its Cornish counterpart, the oggie is a savoury handheld pie with a buttery shortcrust and rich, meaty filling. Those in Cornwall say the word ‘oggie’ derives from the Cornish word ‘Hoggan’ referring to their signature pasty. They claim that the Welsh oggie came later and adopted the name, but references to the oggie can be found dating back as far as 1181, when St David’s Cathedral was being built.
Welsh afternoon tea
Open cucumber and cream cheese on pumpernickel
Welsh smoked salmon sandwich
Welsh rarebit on pumpernickel
Free-range Welsh egg mayonnaise sandwich
Homemade Welsh cakes and scones, clotted cream and Welsh Lady jam
Iced Welsh love spoon
Pistachio raspberry opera rugby pitch
Black gold, Merlyn and dark chocolate macaron
Apple and vanilla sheep tart
Your choice of tea along with a Brecon gin and mixer
£24.95 per person
Vegetarian and non-gluten containing versions of our Welsh afternoon tea are also available – check out our full afternoon tea menu here.