During our recent road trip along the Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales, we were invited to the Twr y Felin Hotel in St Davids for afternoon tea. If you are a regular reader of our blog you know that I particularly LOVE afternoon tea. I love the social aspect of sharing delicious food with my nearest and dearest, in the this case Mr ESLT. As a tea fiend and a lover of all things sweet, there is something truly special about spending a couple of hours chatting and eating in beautiful surroundings. Despite originating in China, few things are known for being more quintessentially British than tea, mix that with cakes and treats and I am in my element.
Having driven two hours from Cardiff we pulled up to the delightful Twr y Felin hotel in need of refreshment and excited for our relaxing afternoon. The focal point of the now hotel is the St Davids windmill which was built in 1806. The building has since passed hands and undergone years of reconstruction, extension and numerous refurbishments and been used for a number of different things, from accommodating evacuees during World War II to an eco lodge and even an outdoor pursuits centre. However, in December 2015 Twr y Felin hotel was opened as a contemporary arts hotel showcasing over 100 pieces of original artwork. It offers luxury accommodation and fine dining, the hotel includes 19 en suite bedrooms and two suites one of which is located in the former windmill tower which spans three floors and offers 360 degree views over the St Davids peninsula and not forgetting the Two AA Rosette award-winning restaurant Blas.
We were shown through the hotel to the Oriel lounge which is a light, airy and spacious room with lovely comfortable and plush furnishings. We were offered tea or coffee straight away upon our arrival. We both opted for tea and when it was served it was very welcome and we were topped up whenever we wanted throughout the afternoon. When we booked our afternoon tea we were asked if we had any dietary requirements and again this was checked before it was served. Our waitress placed our stand down and ran through everything that was on it and was always on hand if we had any questions. It looked fantastic and we couldn’t wait to delve into it.
The finger sandwiches on the stand were very fresh and tasty, the selection consisted of cucumber and cream cheese, egg and cress and smoked salmon, each served in different breads. We also received a guinea-fowl ball each. Having never tried guinea-fowl before, I was quite hesitant to give it a go, but I can confirm it was delicious and a great alternative to just another sandwich.
As is the tradtion when it comes to afternoon tea, scones are next up following sandwiches. Luckily for me Mr ESLT doesn’t like scones(!), therefore I had the pleasure of having both the plain scones to myself. They were warm, soft to the touch and obviously homemade. With lashings of jam and clotted cream, they were fantastic and certainly satisfied my sweet tooth. So much so, I’ll admit I struggled with the petit fours on offer.
Miniature things are always so much cuter than their full-sized counterparts and in the case of the petit fours on our stand, seem to taste nicer too. On the day we visited we were presented with raspberry roll, blueberry muffins, lemon cake, merlin custard, shortbread and strawberries and of course Welsh cakes (well when in Rome, or Wales as the case may be) tempting us, it was hard to resist. Everything was yummy and again obviously homemade, however in the end the sheer volume defeated us and we did have to leave a couple of things as there simply wasn’t any more room.
Afternoon tea always baffles me – how can a few little sandwiches and cakes fill you up so much? But it does, and it certainly did at Twr y Felin Hotel. Afternoon Tea is available here between 3pm and 5pm – 24 hours notice required, at a cost of £23 per person, which I think is very reasonable for the quality, quantity and setting and I personally have paid more for less elsewhere. It is somewhere we would definitely recommend stopping off at to either indulge in afternoon tea and/or stay if you have the chance. If we had more time we would have loved to stay at the award-winning hotel and experience it more. If the rest of the hotel and the restaurant offer the same level of quality and service as afternoon tea, I’m positive we would have had a fantastic stay.
- We enjoyed our afternoon tea in exchange for honest review – thank you Twr y Felin Hotel