Fetch the best china, set the table and start filling that cake stand, afternoon tea week is nearly upon us darlings! From Monday August 14th to Sunday, August 20th, Afternoon Tea Week celebrates a quintessentially British tradition that has been around since the 1840’s. Don your best outfits and get ready for a few cucumber sandwiches and tea with some added pomp and circumstance.
Where better to celebrate such an occasion than at the fabulous Park Plaza Cardiff? This gorgeous four-star hotel is celebrating afternoon tea week by offering 15% off any spa treatment when you book a Hendrick’s Afternoon Tea during this week, meaning you can seamlessly combine ‘tea time’ with happy hour, how utterly splendid. I was so excited that I had to have a large Sauvignon Blanc to level me out.
I was lucky enough to go and sample a Hendricks Afternoon tea with gin-loving husband Luke and squeeze a cheeky trip to the spa as well. Obviously one must jacuzzi after an afternoon tea. The Hendrick’s afternoon tea is a cheeky little twist on the classic British afternoon tea.
Hendricks is a brand of gin that is somewhat of a favourite amongst gin fanatics. It’s unique flavourings consist of flowers, roots, fruits and seeds which complement the two main infusions of rose petal and cucumber.
Our gin refreshment was a summery mixture of Hendrick’s Gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Maraschino liqueur, lemon juice & soda served in a special Hendrick’s teapot with matching china. I could feel my dormant materialism stir, all I could think of was how much I needed the teapot. ‘It would just look smashing in my home bar, I thought dreamily ‘maybe they sell them on Amazon? Maybe…’ My rampant consumerism was interrupted by the very friendly waiter asking if we were ready for our afternoon tea. As I had starved myself all day in anticipation of this cake and gin wonderment I was very much ready.
The tower of loveliness arrived looking even more delicious than I had anticipated. With a superb selection of afternoon tea goodies to accompany your teapot of Gin. We feasted on a selection of elegant finger sandwiches including, severn & wye smoked salmon, cucumber, dill & cream cheese, free range egg mayonnaise & cress and home roasted ham. It was a good selection of sandwiches with tasty fillings, it was also portioned out well, ensuring there was plenty of room for sweet treats.
We then moved on to freshly baked, warm sultana scones with Cornish clotted cream & strawberry preserve. Our waiter then suggested that we perhaps have a ‘jelly pause’ before getting started on the little cake treats. This was no ordinary ’80’s children’s party’ jelly, this was lime Jelly topped with mint & cucumber Chantilly cream. This was jelly for grown ups, the sort of grown ups that drink gin out of a tea pot no less.
It was time for the little cakes, we feasted upon French macaroons, strawberry tarts filled with champagne pastry cream and chocolate opéra gateaus. They were utterly divine, like little pieces of happiness. I was so full that I feared all I would be able to do in the spa was float, like a cake-full manatee.
Unwinding in the Laguna spa seems like a perfect way to round of an afternoon tea. It is a veritable pamper palace with luxury treatment rooms delivering a range of relaxing Elemis treatments. Some of the treatments on offer include Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Full Body Massage, Elemis Skin Booster Facial and Elemis High-Performance Skin Energiser.
I opted to have the Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Back Massage, which promised ‘maximum tension-relieving results’. I must admit I have never had a massage before, I have never thought I needed one, so I had no idea what to expect? As I entered the low-lit room, with plinky plonky spa music, I instantly felt soothed as I was swaddled in towels and had a vigorous shoulder massage.
It’s certainly a strange sensation being massaged for the first time, I found it both relaxing and sort of strenuous at the same time. Like my muscles needed a good de-stress and I wasn’t even aware of it. I like to think I emerged a more balanced, zen-like human, I should have massages more often!
There is also a 20m indoor pool in Laguna Spa, a lovely, bubbly spa bath, steam room, poolside loungers and a gym. We spent a marvellous few hours relaxing in the spa and have a lush unwind after our tea and treatment, it was very blissful and certainly a date night with a difference. I would really recommend treating yourself to Afternoon Tea this week and take advantage of this fabulous spa offer. You really do deserve it darlings.
HendricksAfternoon tea is £21.95 per person and is available at the Laguna Bar daily from 1:00pm – 5:30pm.
To book Tel: 02920 111103 Or visit: www.lagunakitchenandbar.com
Laguna Kitchen & Bar is situated within the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff
Afternoon tea and spa were provided by Park Plaza but my views, as always, are my own.