A couple of weeks ago I was back in Wales celebrating my Aunt’s 60th Birthday and we headed to The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny for a girly high tea. The hotel is situated in the centre of a gorgeous Welsh market town and is both modern and rustic at the same time. Being a member of the prestigious UK Tea Guild and having previously held an ‘Award of Excellence’, only nine hotels outside of London have ever achieved this, showcases what a big deal and how impressive their afternoon tea is! Winning the Oscar of the Tea world back in 2011 and now the Oscar of Valleys2Vauxhall Best High Tea yet I’d definitely recommend it whether you’re looking to treat a loved one, catch up with friends or go on a date.
Each morning the hotel’s specialist baker, Sally Lane, freshly prepares the sandwiches, savouries, cakes and scones ready for the afternoon. You can most definitely taste the freshness with each bite but more so the selection and range of savouries on offer completely blew me away. The coronation chicken is a paper thin pastry nest was by far my favourite with the traditional flaky pastry sausage roll coming in a close second. Sandwich wise you are served four triangles with fillings that have earned their place on afternoon tea menus across the country for years; cheese and onion, egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon & cream cheese, and ham with mustard.
You also had a plate full of pastries served up alongside the savoury options. Custard slice, lemon meringue pie, and a chocolate brownie to name a few. I’ll be completely honest I didn’t even touch my sweet pastries that afternoon, the savoury bites and sandwiches blew me away so much so I couldn’t help but fill myself up and eat them all. Luckily the hotel are very kind in that they will box up your sweet pastries for you to take home which is what I did and enjoyed a couple that evening and the next day. Unfortunately you can’t really take the savoury ones, unless you’re going to eat them within a couple of hours. Worth asking though you never know!
However, I did make sure I’d saved enough room for my scone with jam and clotted cream. This is my highlight of afternoon tea so there was no way I was missing it! Similar to a lasagne being a good judge of a decent Italian restaurant, scones are the gage of a good afternoon tea for me. The scone was light and crumbly yet didn’t break away. Served with a sweet strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and delicious clotted cream I guess the question now to ask is – How do you eat yours? Personally I halve my scone and spread both jam and cream on both halves, that way I feel like I’m getting all flavours with each bite.
The Angel have a huge selection of teas available as well as different variations on their Afternoon Tea options. You can order with or without champagne but as we were celebrating a milestone birthday it would have been rude not to right!
The Angel Hotel, 15 Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales NP7 5EN
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