Afternoon tea is soaked in British tradition. People come from all over the world to indulge in this very majestically British institution that has made a dramatic surge in popularity over the past few years. Although some of the most esteemed venues for afternoon tea is considered to be in London, there are a vast amount of quaint, luxurious places that offer exquisite afternoon tea, especially down here in Pembrokeshire.
The tradition of afternoon tea was said to have been fashioned by Duchess Anna of Bedford in the 19thcentury. Back then, the higher classes only had two meals a day, breakfast and supper at around 8 o’clock typically. One day, Anna felt peckish and complained of “having that sinking feeling” late in the afternoon, where she hastily asked for some tea and sandwiches in her bedroom to quell those hunger pains. Thus quickly turned into an afternoon soiree, where Anna invited her friends to dine with her and enjoy the light meal, which she coupled with a lengthy walk.
We’ve taken the liberty of hand picking the top 5 places for afternoon tea in Pembrokeshire, and we invite you to peruse through them and discover the delicate luxury we all deserve as a treat now again.
If you’re looking for traditional afternoon tea at a country house that is set in 600 acres of land that’s rich in beautiful, unspoiled Welsh countryside then Crug Glas is perfect for you. The afternoon tea is highly acclaimed and has Welsh history woven into it by offering Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith as part of their delectable dishes.
For more information, have a look at: http://www.crug-glas.co.uk/
Located only 15 miles away from the coveted Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in the heart of Pembrokeshire, the Stackpole Inn attracts visitors from miles around. The Sunday Times as “a desert island dream beach in Wales”, where this niche venue offers a luscious afternoon tea, full of intrinsic attention to detail in their high quality food.
To discover more, their website is a great place to start: http://www.stackpoleinn.co.uk/
St.Brides Bay, Saundersfoot
If you’re searching for an afternoon tea in a relaxed yet highly prestigious location, look no further than St Brides Bay in Saundersfoot. The hotel is a stone’s throw away from the sea, but not your typical seaside hotel.
Afternoon tea here starts from only £17.50, and promises a lavish afternoon banquet, with a selection of fine teas, delicate finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and an array of cakes.
For further information, take a look at their website here: http://www.stbridesspahotel.com/food/afternoon-tea
The Grove, Narberth
The Grove located in Narberth, Pembrokeshire is a stunning boutique hotel that offers a mouth watering afternoon tea that is perfect for a celebration or just a treat for you and your loved ones. The afternoon tea is prepared by head chef Duncan Barham, and the Grove is the perfect location to relax in elegance in their superior lounge by a log fire.
Ascertain more by glancing over their website here: http://www.thegrove-narberth.co.uk/restaurant/afternoon-tea
Pakeston Hall’s website boasts “traditional Victorian afternoon tea, served in the manner in which it was meant to be enjoyed”. If this doesn’t whet your appetite to pamper your taste buds in a historical country house then I’m not sure what will? Pakeston Hall promises to offer a “substantial meal, not a ‘lite bite’” with an extensive selection to choose from.
Find out more by scanning their website right here: http://www.paskestonhall.com