Afternoon Tea at The Angel, Abergavenny

Last week we took the trip up to Abergavenny to try the Afternoon Tea at The Angel Hotel.

The Angel has won several awards, including the Award of Excellence from the UK Tea Guild, so we were expecting great things.

We arrived at 3 o'clock and were the first to be seated in the Wedgewood Room where afternoon tea is served. We then were given a tea menu. There were so many teas to decide from it was a really hard choice! I went for the Mango Infusion which was served in a lovely china tea cup and tasted perfect. Of course if you're not much of a tea drinker there's also coffee and hot chocolate options.

Afternoon tea is priced at £17.80 per person.

Then came the best bit, the cake. Each stand is between 2 people and has 3 layers; sandwiches, cakes, and trifles. Once you'd finished the sandwich layer they bought out the scones with jam and cream. My single piece of advice is don't eat lunch before you arrive!

We had 4 different sandwiches each, one egg, one salmon, one cheese and onion and one ham. The salmon was my personal favourite.

Next up was the cake layer, each was a tiny little piece of heaven. I'm not going to describe each one or we'd be here for year, but I'll do a brief overview. There was a raspberry cake, coffee cake, custard slice, slice of a pavlova-esque dessert and a few extras! My only complaint about this layer is that it isn't one each. It gets a bit messy having to cut creamy, sticky cakes in half so that everyone gets a piece.

Then on the top layer held 2 mini trifles. These were your standard trifle, with cream, custard, a jam and sponge base topped with a fresh raspberry. Good, but nothing on my Grandma's trifle. 

The scones were also great, although by this point I was waving my white flag in defeat. Luckily, if you can't manage everything they are more than happy to pop everything in a box for you to take away.

Overall it was a really lovely afternoon. I think I'm slightly leaning toward favouring the afternoon tea at the Celtic Manor, although the meringue dessert and the salmon sandwich at The Angel could sway me. 

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