The Angel Hotel is a historic coaching inn in the heart of the town. We were slightly underwhelmed when we parked up and made our way in, but we discovered this was because we’d actually parked behind the hotel and came in via the back entrance!
Once we’d made our way through to the front of the hotel, we were greeted by some friendly staff who took us through to the Wedgewood room, where we were seated on some gorgeous cosy armchairs.
I cannot fault the staff here – the service at The Angel was great and I absolutely adored our young waiter who was full of witty banter and more than happy for us to ask him any questions on the food and the history of the hotel.
Afternoon tea in Wales
Talking of food – time to focus on the afternoon tea itself. Although not cheap, at roughly £25 per person (I would expect cheaper outside of London), it was hugely enjoyable.
We began by perusing the tea menu, which had an impressively wide selection of black and white teas plus a choice of herbal and fruit infusions. We enjoyed our choices – Jubilee Tea and Assam – and what I thought was particularly nice was that we were told we could change our tea at any point if we’d like something different and our drinks could be topped up however much we’d like.
Crumbly, warm savoury pastries
When the full tea was brought out on a three tier tray I got quite excited by The Angel’s take on the English classic – as well as a good selection of sandwiches with chunky fillings (the usual fair of ham, egg mayonnaise, salmon etc) there was a plate of warm savoury pastries.
These are all made fresh in the morning, so change everyday, but on our visit we were treated to fresh-from-the-oven quiche lorraine, a mushroom tarlet, cream cheese filled puff pastries and my favourite, a mouth-wateringly good, hot, crumbly sausage roll. I can honestly say it was one of the most delicious sausage rolls I’ve ever eaten and it’s worth a trip to The Angel for that alone!
Once we’d munched our way through the sandwiches and pastries these plates were taken away and replaced with a new plate of still warm scones. Moist, and with the right amount of crumble, we devoured these before sitting back to relax with a top up of tea.
At this point we still had one final plate of sweet treats left, but our bellies were beaten. Our lovely waiter kindly boxed these up for us to take on the road, and after a gentle drive back home, we finished these off a couple of hours later.
Again, these were freshly made and gorgeous to look at, especially the miniature Victoria sponge cake (my favourite of our final course). Other offerings included a cream chocolate eclair and a tiramisu slice, which I allowed my other half to try (i.e. I was too full!!).
Approved by the UK Tea Guild
All in all, afternoon tea at The Angel Hotel is well worth experiencing if you’re in the Abergavenny area of Wales. The staff are lovely, the food tasty and the setting quaint with its comfy chairs, tablecloths and flowering country china. Unsurprisingly it is has been a holder of a Tea Guild Award for Excellence since 2008 – only one of nine hotels outside of London to have done so. With that in mind, if you fancy a trip to the welsh countryside, consider a stop off here!
Afternoon tea at The Angel Hotel is available daily. Find out more at http://www.angelabergavenny.com/afternoon-tea.