We were recently invited to review a night and dinner at The Celtic Manor and what a stay it was. Stepping in to The Celtic Manor is like entering a haven of luxury and calm. The lobby is impressive and the reception area also includes a mall where you can purchase an array of Welsh goodies. Considering it is a large and busy hotel it could easily become impersonal and cold but this resort is far from that. Every guest is taken care of in the same manner and every inch of the hotel is designed to be beautifully modern and relaxing.
We have stayed at The Celtic Manor previously and having stayed in two different standards of room I can confirm that the rooms are comfy, spacious and full of the finishing touches you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The bathroom has spa favourites Elemis products for you to pamper yourself with, robes and slippers are also provided for you to wear if you fancy a trip down to the pool and spa area.
A fully stocked mini bar and complimentary tea/coffee tray are in each room as well as incredibly comfy beds and armchairs for you to relax and watch the world go by from your balcony.
I enjoyed two long luxurious soaks in the gorgeous bathroom using my Elemis treats. It was so nice to have some peaceful pamper time.
The true highlight of our stay was our visit to the Terry M restaurant based in the hotel. On our previous visit we had eaten in The Olive Tree and enjoyed the all you can eat 3 course dinner buffet there – the quality of the food was fantastic but Terry M is on a different scale altogether. The three AA Rosette flagship restaurant presents intricate seasonal dishes created by head chef Tim McDougall, feature the finest locally sourced ingredients for fresh, intense and mouthwatering flavours.
We decided to try the 6 course tasting menu.
We enjoyed canapés and an amuse bouche to start..and a glass of champagne of course!
There followed an incredible 6 course tasting menu:
Parfait with a delicious medjool date:
Hand dived scallops:
Fillet of Welsh beef:
Look at that sugar work!
And a perfect soufflé:
At the end of the meal we were presented with this delicious plate of goodies. The chocolate lime Macarons were the best I’ve tasted and tasted EXACTLY like chocolate lime sweets from my childhood..the palmier was pretty awesome too.
The next morning we enjoyed breakfast in The Olive Tree and it was just as good as any other meal we have experienced there. There is such a wide variety of food on offer, from green smoothies ( delicious), pastries and cakes of all kinds – even freshly made welsh cakes, full English of course, cereal and the most amazing fluffy pancakes with crispy bacon and oodles of maple syrup.
After breakfast we hit the pool and spa area. We had a good swim about ( to work off our over indulgence ) then lazed about in the his and her spa areas. After we checked out we didn’t want our stay to be over too quickly and relaxed in the bar/lounge area with a mug of hot chocolate and some books. Perfect end to an incredibly perfect stay.
We have also enjoyed afternoon tea at The Celtic Manor in the Summer and it was one of the best afternoon teas I’ve tried ( and I’ve had a few ) a great balance of both sweet and savoury dishes and they catered so well for my gluten intolerant sister.
Now for the bit you are all waiting for..how do you fancy trying out both the Autumn afternoon tea and checking out the resort itself?
I’ve arranged for one of you lucky readers to win an Autumn afternoon tea at the resort with a guest. Just enter the easy rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
Chris Andrews says
Tell me your favourite part of Afternoon Tea . . . . . . . scones with jam and clotted cream
Louise Fairweather says
Lots of little cakes – I like the variety
Michelle O'Neill says
i like a nice scone with jam and cream
For me it’s both choosing my tea and then the little dainty pastries / cakes on the top tier!
It all looks fantastic and I’m trying not to feel envious. I could definitely do with a bit of pampering. Love the basket idea.
Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs says
First of all what a lovely time it sounds like you had! I am very jealous – particularly the relaxing in the bath…
As for my favourite part of afternoon tea for me it is when the stand of treats gets bought out. I love the whole sense of occasion and theatre that goes alongside afternoon tea. That is the highlight for me!
Janice (@FarmersgirlCook) says
What a lovely looking place. The food looks amazing too, I would choose all the things you did, totally delicious!
Kristyn Harris says
My favourite part of afternoon tea is dressing up and going out! I’d love to win this prize and experience afternoon tea at The Celtic Manor!
Sounds wonderful – the lovely little cakes are always my favourite for afternoon tea. I always see this hotel as we drive from London to the valleys – I’d love to stay there sometime!
Charlotte Moore says
Mm scones and jam!
Hannah Cummings says
All the yummy cakes! x
Vera Bahounkova says
scones with jam
Victoria Prince says
My favourite part of afternoon tea is getting to sample so many different yummy things 🙂 Though I’ve never been out for a “classy” afternoon tea before so this would be such a treat!
Nancy Bradford says
I love the experience of it all. Feeling very posh and drinking tea and eating little sandwiches 🙂
Anthea Holloway says
I love the dainty little cakes best!
carol rowley says
love afternoon tea, so typical English
Karen Richards says
Scones with jam and clotted cream.
frances hopkins says
Tom Taylor says
The perfect combination of Tea & Cakes
Victoria Prince says
I commented on your instagram – I’m thebouncyfrog 🙂 The rafflecopter said to comment on the blog with my name so I hope this is correct!
Jodie W says
always the scones
Cerys John says
Clotted cream- yum!