A slice of traditional Victorian style afternoon tea awaits at the quaint Pettigrew Tea Rooms, located in Bute Park by Cardiff Castle.
Named after head gardener to the Third Marquess of Bute, the Pettigrew tea rooms were opened in March 2012. Oozing traditional charm through their use of mismatched crockery & bunting, along with wooden display cabinets dotted throughout the small room. Due to it’s limited size I’d recommend booking for afternoon tea, just to ensure that you can secure a table. (Reservations are only available for afternoon tea, not breakfast or lunch.)
Afternoon Tea is available for individuals or based on two people sharing (£16.95/£29.95 respectively) and can be tailored to individual’s food preferences when booked or on the day. It includes a choice of loose leaf tea, a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam & clotted cream and your chosen slice of wonderful cake.
Canton Tea Co, an ethical tea company provide the loose leaf teas that you can choose from a list of black, white, green and fruit teas. I selected an organic Chai, made from Indian Assam tea blended with herbs & spices to make a spicy, comforting brew. This was the perfect choice for a rainy day!
Other options include Earl Grey, Assam, Lapsang Souchong, Darjeeling, Mango Noir, Jasmine, Rooibos and lemongrass & ginger teas. They charge £1.50 per refill, but were happy to provide extra hot water to re-brew your selection.
In a twist to most afternoon teas you can select the sandwich fillings & bread from a fairly extensive menu of classics. These include: cucumber & cream cheese, cheddar & tomato, egg mayonnaise, Welsh brie & chutney, ham & mustard, beef & horseradish, smoked salmon & cream cheese or roast chicken with herb mayonnaise. Available on fresh granary or white bread. Individuals can select two fillings, whilst two people sharing can select three options. I really enjoyed the brie & chutney and egg mayonnaise. Beware the ham sandwich if you aren’t a mustard fan as it is strong!
Scones are available as baked fruit or plain butter scone, served with Welsh butter, clotted cream and Welsh strawberry preserve. I loved how the accompaniments were served with a selection of fresh fruit & in little pots. This is something I’d definitely try to recreate for a homemade afternoon tea as they were very cute & made it feel special!
The final choice to make is a full slice of cake from their beautiful cabinet of heaven! The homemade cakes really are the star of the show. There were a range of cakes to choose from that would suit anyone’s tastes & I loved that they provided cute little takeaway boxes, just in case you couldn’t finish everything! I selected the carrot cake, which was a massive slice of deliciousness & was thrilled I could take it home to finish later.
You can also take away some fab gifts from afternoon tea postcards to individual sachets of Canton Tea Co. I couldn’t resist some of the cute postcards to add to a gallery wall in the future.
I’d definitely recommend a visit to Pettigrew Tea Rooms for a traditional afternoon tea experience with a very reasonable price point so everyone can enjoy!
Website: Pettigrew Tea Rooms
Date: August 2018