A tea rooms visit: The perfect wet weather activity for days out in Wales
You can’t beat a good slice of cake. Even if the sky is gloomy and it’s raining cats and dogs, a good slice of Victoria sponge or even a warming chunk of bara brith (that’s a Welsh fruit loaf, in case you were uncertain – here’s a bara brith recipe in case you fancied making some yourself) is bound to put a smile on your face.
That’s why, seeing as its spring and we’re bound to be getting all sorts of weather thrown our way over the next few weeks, we’ve scoured Wales to find the best tea rooms available. Let us know is you visit any of the tea rooms or if you’ve been to any of the ones listed here before. You can Tweet us @TouristsOnline or visit our Facebook page.
The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
If you want to experience the glitz and glamour of an award winning afternoon tea, but don’t want to fork out a small fortune for the experience, then Abergavenny’s Angel Hotel might be a good fit for you.
Served in the luxurious Wedgewood Room, the afternoon tea you tuck into at The Angel Hotel will have been freshly baked that morning by the hotel’s resident baker, Sally Lane, and her team of talented cooks.
Not only will you be offered dainty sandwiches, warm scones, pastries and cakes, the hotel also serves specialist teas, teas of the seasons and has its very own classic tea library. Impressive. If the tea choice sounds daunting, don’t worry. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you make the right tea choice.
Prices: Afternoon tea (£21.80). High tea (£26.80)
Llyn Crafant Lakeside Cafe, Snowdonia
A trip to Wales wouldn’t be complete without a quiet stop to appreciate the staggering beauty that is the Welsh countryside.
Combine your love of cake and your love of a good view by visiting the Llyn Crafant Lakeside Café in Snowdonia. You can enjoy a slice of their finest, whilst looking out at the stretch of lake and the beautifully rugged, rolling hills. Life doesn’t get much better than that!
And, if you’re a walker, you can take a stroll across Mynydd and through Crafnant Valley.
Plum Vanilla, Pembrokeshire
2A St. James’ Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7D
Voted by The Guardian as one of the top 10 places to eat in Pembrokeshire and described as a ‘bright and breezy, quietly boho cafe” Plum Vanilla is definitely worth a visit, especially if you enjoy the quickly and less traditional tea room.
When visiting Plum Vanilla you’ll enjoy homemade and organic food made by the friendly sisters who own the café. As well as delicious desserts, you can also enjoy a fresh breakfast or a hearty lunch here.
Another perk to the Plum Vanilla café, is that the sisters use as much Fairtrade and organic produce as possible. Dining with a conscience – hurrah for Plum Vanilla!
Plum Vanilla Cafe
Roulade from Plum Vanilla
Bread from Plum Vanilla
All pictures taken from http://www.plumvanilla.com/
Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, Cardiff
5 Waterloo Gardens, Cardiff, Wales, CF23 5AA
In 2009, the Waterloo Gardens Teahouse in Cardiff won the best UK coffee house, which is a slightly misleading award because its speciality is not coffee, but tea.
If a good brew is your priority, make a beeline to this modern and tea-crazed café. Although welcoming, the staff at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse take their concoctions seriously and you’re guaranteed a memorable cuppa if you head to this must-visit spot, which, handily, is open seven days a week.