For anyone who knows me, they know I love a good afternoon tea session. If there was an Olympic event for Afternoon Tea-ing, I would be right up there winning Gold and eating all the scones.
So with a well over due catch up with the best friend in need, we decided to head out of the city to The New House Country Hotel. And what a pleasant surprise it was.
A beautiful building nestled amongst green fields and overlooking Cardiff, this is easily a place with one of the best views in town. We set up camp inside right next to the bay windows meaning we could enjoy the stunning view in comfort – we seemed to have chosen a perfect day to venture out here as the sun was shining and the sky was blue – meaning we had a clear view of the city.
The afternoon tea itself was delightful, and I don’t use that word lightly. Perfectly fluffy finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and an array of different sweet cakes – my particular favourite was the white and milk chocolate mousse. Man, I forgot how good mousse was. Such an underrated dessert.
Having officially run out of topics to catch up on and armed with another pot of tea, we ventured outside to enjoy the rest of the crisp winter afternoon. Sitting outside? In Wales? In October? And it’s not raining? Madness.
Afternoon tea is the best. I tell a lie. Afternoon tea with a view, is the best.
It’s no secret that I love a good tea rooms. Therefore it seemed like the only logical decision to go off and explore another local tea room on my day off.
So my mum and I drove on over to Pentyrch – a village around a ten minute drive from where I live – and headed to Lady Jane’s Emporium & Tea Rooms, a small tea shop that my mum had heard about through Facebook (ah Facebook, it is good for some things after all. You know, aside from the casual stalking and inane posts that people post about their lives that others really just don’t care about).
Inside Lady Jane’s, was delightful. Small and cute and with only one other group in there, we had the place to ourselves. After placing our order (carrot cake for me and caramel for the mum), we headed on upstairs to explore some more. With an old fashioned vibe and soft music floating up from downstairs, we looked through the different knick knacks that were on sale. Cards, Roald Dahl books and pillows, Welsh signs, paintings…all made by local people and all extremely tempting to buy.
There’s so much more on offer as well – there’s breakfast bits like bacon sarnies and tea cakes, there’s lunch time sandwiches and of course, there’s the delicious home made cakes.
Lady Jane’s is definitely a place that I am going to visit again. It’s the perfect place if you want somewhere cute, cosy and cost effective that’s not in Cardiff Centre and is the place to be for a catch up over something light with friends.
I may have to control my tea and cake habits. It’s getting serious. With this place being right on my door step, I’m actually concerned for my self. Can you be addicted to afternoon tea? Is there like a group I can join or something?