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A Classy Delivery from Teisen Deg

I love going out for afternoon tea, it is one of my favourite pastimes. I love everything about it; the cakes, the tea, the dinky sandwiches, the beautiful china and the pretension of it all (this is assuming it’s done right!). Something I’ve never done is have afternoon tea at home although I have been collecting the china in anticipation for a while now.

As far as I know, although offered elsewhere, afternoon tea delivery is new to Cardiff and is being pioneered by Jayne of Teisen Deg in partnership with Vintage Hope. I was asked to be the very eager guinea pig and sample tea for two with a love theme to celebrate St. Dwynwen’s Day (the Welsh equivalent to St. Valentine’s Day).

Afternoon Tea was delivered in a compact box containing everything we needed right down to sugar cubes for the tea! The food was individually wrapped with labels on each package describing the contents and the china was supplied in a retro picnic hamper. I had to assemble the vintage cake stand, unpack the food and boil a kettle to make the tea and voila! Afternoon tea for two in my living room.

I did have my reservations about creating the right atmosphere at home but the box of China I received was beautiful and came with some vintage style bunting which was a lovely touch and allowed me to make the room look really special. Vintage Hope gives 100% of the profits made from renting out china to Tiyamike Mulungu Children’s Home in Malawi.

I have reviewed Teisen Deg before. Jayne makes fantastic cakes. Her style is very traditional which is a perfect recipe for creating afternoon tea. On this occasion, because it was St. Dwynwen’s Day, everything bar the cheese muffins were cut into heart shapes; the sandwiches, Welsh cakes, scones and chocolate and raspberry brownies. The brownies were some of the nicest I’ve had.

Teisen Deg and Vintage Hope are looking to start offering delivery (or collection) of afternoon tea in time for Valentine’s Day in the Cardiff area. They are also offeringafternoon tea for parties of 6 or more. Maybe an idea for Mother’s Day or a hen party?

Despite not having the atmosphere I would have if I went out for afternoon tea, I was impressed because of the quality of what I received. The china was beautiful and the bunting made a big impact. The food was delicious and showed real attention to detail in terms of flavour and design.

Prices for Valentines Day Afternoon Tea start at £13 excluding delivery with the option of collecting and returning the china yourself for no extra charge. You are expected to wipe and repack the china after use.

Christmas Afternoon Tea At Emma Jane’s

Readers of my blog will know that I love Emma Jane’s Cupcake Kitchen. Aside from the fabulous cupcakes, the decor is quirky and cute, it’s a cosy spot to meet friends and the lovely Emma Jane herself makes you feel welcome and valued.

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If you love cupcakes, this is the obvious place to come for orders and to enjoy some cake in a gorgeous setting. However, it probably isn’t the first place you would think to come for Afternoon Tea. There are plenty of places in Cardiff offering Afternoon Tea and they all have their specialisms. Some are known for their tea, some for their bubbly and some have an envirnoment that screams out to be serving afternoon tea. Well, Emma Jane has the cake!

I’ve been to some perfectly nice Afternoon Teas where everything has been lovely but the cakes aren’t always homemade and for me this is pretty much essential. With Emma Jane’s Christmas Afternoon Tea, we got two cupcakes, delcious mince pies and gingerbread, all homemade.

When we arrived everything was prepared for us and we were asked to choose our cupcakes and our choice of tea. We chose a spicy Chrsitmas tea, a Gingerbread Cupcake and a Cranberry and Orange Cupcake. These were brought to us on a pretty three tier cake stand (also essential in my opinion).

The sandwich selection was excellent. No boring choices here. We enjoyed cranberry and brie, turkey and stuffing, ham and pickle, and cucumber. The sandwiches had their crusts removed in the traditional manner but they were packed full of filling.

We polished off the sandwiches in no time and moved onto the middle tier; mince pies and cream and gingerbread. The mince pies were warm and delicious. We had a huge pot of cream and we managed to eat it all, finishing it off by dipping our gingerbread in it which were also very good.

Lastly, it was the turn of the top tier; the cupcakes and chocolates. We were told that if we couldn’t eat everything we could take it away in a box but we powered on. The cakes were very good as I would expect based on Emma’s other cakes. I especially enjoyed the gingerbread cake.

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A lot of effort went into this Afternoon Tea. Everything was homemade and it was all served at the bargain prize of £8.50. If you love cake and you love afternoon tea, Emma Jane’s Cupcake Kitchen is your answer. If you’re not interested in Afternoon Tea then definitely pop in for a cake.

Afternoon Tea Halloween Style At The Hilton

This week in honour of that certain spooky time of year I was invited to have Afternoon Tea at the Hilton with a spooky twist.

I have had Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Hilton and they definitely go all out in terms of decoration with their themed teas and this was no exception.

We had sandwiches cut in the shape of bats and pumpkins in the traditional flavours; cucumber, egg, ham and salmon along with a good selection of sweets.

Instead of the usual scones and jam, we had spooky cupcakes, marzipan pumpkins, bat biscuits, mini toffee apples, sticky tarts and orange fondant fancies, topped off with a choice of Twinnings loose leaf tea. I chose jasmine pearls which came in a lovely Japanese teapot and my friend Mrs J had a traditional breakfast tea.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth and you’re looking for something fun to do after a day shopping, this will be for you. It is available until 4th November.

Jaspers Tea Rooms – This little gem will appeal to everyone!

Last week I met Mrs J and baby E for a spot of lunch at Jaspers Tea Rooms in Llandaff. I really like Llandaff and there are some lovely places on the High Street so Jaspers is in an excellent location. It seems to pick up customers from local schools and businesses, people strolling round the Cathedral grounds and regular customers.

I’m not surprised it’s popular. With lots of tea rooms and places selling home-made cakes, Jaspers has managed to be quirky and welcoming but still very traditional, appealing to all ages. We dined amongst families, elderly couples and young groups of friends.

You enter Jasper’s through what looks like a small shop, greeting you with homemade cakes and other delicious bakes. The counter where your orders are taken is here but you walk through another door to find a seat if you are eating in. From outside it looks as though it is quite small at first glance but it is in fact a series of small cottages knocked through. It’s very quirky as you have to walk through each room to get to the next one and each one is laid out differently.

When we arrived it was very busy and we took the last table in the first room. It was a lovely homely room with wooden beams, old wooden tables and chairs and a fire-place with a large old-fashioned mantel piece. The walls were adorned with sketches of Llandaff.  The next room was along the same lines but smaller with a different theme of art work leading onto the next room. The last two rooms had a slightly more modern feel and were more relaxed with photos of Llandaff on the walls and some comfy chairs and newer furniture.

Despite being rushed off their feet, staff were very friendly and we were welcomed and told that if we took a seat, they would bring us through a high chair for baby E. It didn’t feel crowded and the noise levels were just right. We occupied baby E and then had a look at the menu.

I was impressed by the choice on offer. As well as sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes, there was a specials board of light meals and even gluten-free sandwich options which is always good. On top of the cakes that could be chosen at the counter, there was also a selection of afternoon tea options which were very appealing and reasonably priced. They even had a children’s menu which included babycinnos (frothy milk and mallows). Adorable!

I couldn’t resist the afternoon tea so I chose the Traditional Afternoon Tea which came on a three-tiered stand with a selection of sandwiches, a homemade scone with jam and cream and a selection of cakes with a pot of tea. All for £10.95. Mrs J went for a sausage baguette which was served with salad and crisps and a cappuccino (we shared the cakes, I promise!)

Even though it was busy, our food and drinks arrived promptly and we were very impressed. My afternoon tea was beautifully presented and seriously tasty! I had salmon and cream cheese and ham and mustard sandwiches. All came with the crusts neatly cut off and a generous helping of filling. The salmon was lovely and I am baffled as to how Jaspers managed to make a ham and mustard sandwich taste so good!

The jam that accompanied the scone was delicious with huge chunks of strawberries and there was a decent amount of jam and cream which I like to see! The afternoon tea also came with a traditional victoria sponge and a homemade biscuit. Both were very nice.

I felt bad that I had such a spread and Mrs J had a baguette but it was a very very good baguette. Warm and toasted nicely, the crunchy bread gave way to sausage and the most wonderful sweet chutney. We ended up sharing both.

I really enjoyed my visit to Jaspers. It’s right up my street and I will definitely be back. It’s not often you find somewhere that your gran would love but that you could also visit with a group of friends.

My Last Mouthful was: The sausage baguette

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The Hilton- Afternoon Tea Christmas style!

Last week Mrs. J and I went along to the Hilton for the launch of their Christmas Cocktails and Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Metropole Lounge.

Our coats were taken and we were shown into the chilled out lounge area to a table displaying the various cocktails and afternoon teas on offer, including one for men complete with a mini burger and a whiskey!

After chatting to some of the accommodating Hilton staff, we took a seat and were brought a Christmas cocktail aptly named ‘A Partridge in a Pair Tree’ and a cake stand filled with Christmas themed delights! We dug into the Christmas shaped sandwiches and then worked our way down to the generous helping of cakes and sweets.

Hightlights were the Christmas tree iced biscuit, the snowman cupcake and the mini mince pies. There were also lots of cocktail samples doing the rounds which were a nice accompaniment to the cakes.

The Metropole Lounge is a very nice venue, made even better by the musician that was playing while we were there. Singing her own acoustic versions of well-known songs, she was outstanding! I would go back just to listen to her beautiful voice.

The Hilton have lots of themed afternoon teas including a recent Halloween one which is a very good idea. Priced at £19.95 with mulled wine or £14.95 without, I think it will appeal to lots of shoppers during the Christmas rush. I would be interested to go along on a normal day to sample the orignal Welsh version complete with tea as I’ve heard they have an impressive selection!

Christmas Afternoon Tea is available until 30th December so if the Christmas shopping madness all become too much, you know where to go!

10 Maryport- Penylan’s hidden gem!

On Sunday 23rd October at 10am, I felt like I was the only person in Wales as I drove through Penylan on my way to meet Kate, the owner of the lovely 10 Maryport Cafe and to have a spot of breakfast. With everyone watching the world cup final the roads were deserted but I got a lovely warm welcome when I arrived and had the place to myself!

As I walked in, I was struck by how homely it felt. I had been to 10 Maryport before when it first opened about a year ago and it has changed quite a bit since then. It has developed a real warm, cosy feel with its comfy sofas at the front of the shop, shelves on the wall which are home to a quirky teapot lamp and books, magazine rack and notice board.

The decor is clean and fresh in white but with these new touches and more pictures added to the walls, it create a perfect balance between fresh and cosy. I have issue with going into cafes and restaurants alone, I find it quite uncomfortable but this is the sort of place I could happily sit with a coffee and a book.

As the match finished, customers began to trickle in and Kate was attentive to them all, stopping to chat and effortlessly bantering with the children. One thing that really appealed to me is that 10 Maryport is very child friendly. Children are clearly welcome and as well as space for puchchairs, changing facilities and high chairs, there is even a special childs menu. This isn’t just your average small portions either. Children can have jam, cheese or ham sandwiches cut into the shape of a teddy bear! What a lovely idea.

For us adults, we can choose from a range of breakfast options, brunch or Paninis. All options are simple favourites which again adds to the homely atmosphere. Sandwiches range from £3.25-£3.95 and are served with a salad garnish and paninis range from £3.75-£4.25 with a good range of meat and vegetarian options.

I opted for some Welsh Rarebit from the breakfast menu which was served with homemade caramelised onion chutney. The bread was chunky, it had lashings of cheese and the chutney was sweet and sticky. All as it should be and very nice.

10 Maryport also do afternoon tea at a good price. For £9 per person, you can tuck into a selection of sandwiches, a slice of homemade cake or scone with jam and clotted cream, served with your choice of hot drink. Cream teas are another option at just £5.

After a year of trading, 10 Maryport is beginning to find its niche and although there is a good selection of tea on offer, Coffee is proving to be the favourite, as is the breakfast menu. In such close proximity to Roath Park I think once people know 10 Maryport is there, it could become very popular indeed. When you’re next walking round Roath Lake, I suggest you visit 10 Maryport Cafe and see what you think. I will certainly be back.

My Last Mouthful was: Welsh Rarebit with onion chutney

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Cupcakes and Afternoon Tea with the National Cupcake Award Nominee- Little Suzi’s Kitchen!

Celebrate Cupcakes and Afternoon Tea with the National Cupcake Award Nominee

Little Suzi’s Cupcake Night – Thursday 15 September 7pm – 8.30pm

Little Suzi’s Secret Tea Party – Saturday 24 September 1pm – 3pm

Cardiff Baker, Little Suzi’s Kitchen, who was short listed at this year’s National Cupcake Awards, will be launching two events this September to celebrate all things cake related.

Little Suzi’s Kitchen who makes homemade, fresh cakes and treats, was short listed for one of her most popular selling cakes at this year’s awards for her gluten free white chocolate and raspberry cupcake.

Now those wanting to try her award nominated cakes and treats can do so from the comfort of Little Suzi’s home. Little Suzi’s Kitchen will be hosting two events this September from her little kitchen and home in Cathays, Cardiff where customers can experience a home from home tea and cake.

As part of National Cupcake Week, Little Suzi’s Kitchen will be hosting a themed Cupcake Night on Thursday 15 August 7pm – 8.30pm, where cake fans can sample a range of the traditional British Cupcake and some new different flavours as well, including Little Suzi’s short listed cupcake.

If you are unable to make the Cupcake Night, then Little Suzi will also be hosting Secret Tea Parties from her home. The next one will be held on Saturday 24 September 1pm – 3pm.

Little Suzi said, “I absolute love Afternoon Tea and I’ve had so many requests for people wanting me to organise more Afternoon Tea type parties. Many people who come to my home, say they love the smell when they walk through the door of my fresh cakes as it reminds them of their home or popping over to a Nan’s or Aunt’s as a child. So I want to recreate that experience.”

Although Afternoon Tea is proving more popular now, there are still a limited number of cafes in Cardiff that provide this service and very few can provide gluten free. Little Suzi’s Kitchen already provides gluten free cakes to Waterloo Gardens Teahouse who has built a reputation as one of the best Teahouses in the UK for Afternoon Tea.

Little Suzi’s Secret Tea Parties will be a typical ‘British Afternoon Tea.’ Afternoon Tea guests will be presented with a three tier vintage cake stand with sandwiches, cakes and not forgetting scones with jam and cream, all served with different variety of teas.

“Guests can expect a real afternoon treat in an intimate, relaxed setting, with a real personal service. If you are unable to make this event, I’m hoping to make this a monthly event so please check out my website for future events as well as my cake nights. I also do Afternoon Tea events at home and for other occasions too like adult and children’s birthday parties and hen parties.”

Little Suzi’s Cupcake Night will be held on Thursday 15 September at 7pm and Little Suzi’s Secret Tea Party will be held on Saturday 24 September at 1pm. Tickets for each event are £10. There is limited capacity for these events and tickets must be purchased in advance. For further information and tickets, please contact Little Suzi’s Kitchen on 07885977044 / email littlesuziskitchen@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.littlesuziskitchen.co.uk

If you’re wondering what Little Suzi’s cakes taste like, look out for my review during cupcake week (12th-18th September).

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