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The New House Country Hotel

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. 

The Tenth Hole

After a day of essay writing and pondering over some revision, what better way to end the afternoon than a trip to some local tea rooms to natter over a slice of cake and something hot?

My housemate and I headed over to The Tenth Hole tea rooms in Southsea in order to warm our freezing fingers with a mug of hot chocolate and warm our bellies with a massive slice of cake. What a glorious afternoon. I do love a good tea rooms.

Our first time to the tea shop, we were pleasantly surprised, even making the rash declaration that this, was indeed better than our usual cafe haunt. Located close to the sea side, the outside area was open to the fresh breeze but rather than feeling harsh and cold, the cute fairy lights surrounding the area made for a Christmassy and snug feeling. However, due to my freezing fingers and shivering frame, we decided to head into the warm comforts of the inside.

The choice of cakes was marvellous. So many choices, so little time. It really was a hard decision. My thoughts eventually settled on a delicious looking carrot cake with fluffy icing which oozed deliciousness and yumminess. To drink, we both went for a steaming mug of hot chocolate – with all the trimmings. Why not…When In Rome right?

We made for a table and enjoyed the snugginess of the inside, cooped up against the cold winter winds and waited impatiently for our hot chocolates, eager to warm up our hands. Well I was anyway. My house mate was like a furnace, making me rather jealous and rather sad that I was cold and shivering. Hard times.

The cake was every bit as delicious as it looked – a massive slice, a slice so massive I couldn’t even finish it. And that’s saying something because I always finish cake. It almost hurt me to leave a little. The hot chocolate, was immense. Topped with cream and marshmallows (making it difficult to drink without getting cream on your nose), my body was instantly warmed and I felt instantly happier. You’ve gotta love a hot chocolate.

So, with our bellies full and our hands significantly warmer, we made a move to leave, avoiding eye contact with the array of cakes which were staring at us and made the decision to head there again soon in order to try out the lunch menu. Or perhaps the afternoon tea. Or maybe another slice of cake?

Oh man. Why did I only discover this place in my final year of university?

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