A few weeks back I went to a blogger Christmas group where I met a few local bloggers. During this event we were very lucky to be gifted a few things. 
One of those gifts was an afternoon tea for two at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport. 
I choose to take my nan, kind of a bit of a Christmas gift to her, and a birthday treat to myself. 
I was very impressed. I’ve passed the grounds many times on my way home from over the bridge, always looked stunning. The views didn’t disappoint. 
I emailed to ask for gluten free, and I was amazed. I don’t think I’ve had gluten free sandwiches like it before. Only recently the doctor told me to keep to a gluten free diet, normally I would have just eaten what was on offer, lately I can’t.
We arrived, nice and dry as the car park is underground. How cool is that! 
I was also lucky to see it all decorated for Christmas, it looks so pretty!
We were shown to our seat, offered pimms, I declined and went with an orange juice, I was driving and the weather out was horrible! My nan said it was lovely. We both went with the  coffee as our warm drink. 
The starters were lovely, both my self and my nan weren’t expecting much, a sandwich or two and a cake or two, so to start off with something totally in expected was a nice surprise. Loved the little hampers they came in too.
Next was the sandwiches and cakes. The gluten free bread was lovely, didn’t crumble, and tasted like bread! 
The cakes were to die for! I was surprised at how full I was getting, there was no way I was getting through five cakes and a scone. We were told we could box up the cakes to take home, so I ate blueberries in warm chocolate sauce. Blueberries have never tasted so good! 
I ate my scone with clotted cream and jam a few hours later when I got home, and I really enjoyed it! I’m now waiting on Z to go to bed for a coffee and another cake from my box! 
Being a first time for both my nan and myself to go anywhere for afternoon tea, I’m thinking maybe no place could be as nice as The Celtic Manor? Maybe I won’t even bother trying any others! I will be going back, even if just for the sandwiches! 
So I’d like to thank all the staff today for making my visit so nice. We both had a lovely day. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try something new, I’m now looking for an excuse to come back and already told my mate it would be lovely for a wedding. 

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