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Afternoon Tea at Lanelay Hall, Pontyclun

Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition that has been enjoyed for centuries, and what better occasion to partake in this delightful experience than on Mother’s Day?

The tradition originated in the early 19th century when the Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, would crave a light meal in the late afternoon to bridge the gap until dinner. This tradition, consisting of tea, sandwiches, and pastries, quickly became a popular social event among the upper class in England.

Today, afternoon tea has evolved into a cherished pastime for many, making it a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Lanelay Hall, a luxurious country house hotel nestled in the scenic Welsh countryside, offers an ideal setting for this timeless tradition.

Lanelay Hall enchants guests with its stunning Victorian architecture, picturesque gardens, and inviting atmosphere, providing a charming and elegant backdrop for Mother’s Day afternoon tea. Upon arrival, guests receive a warm welcome and are ushered into the beautiful dining room, where they can indulge in a traditional afternoon tea experience.

The menu for the afternoon tea is a visual and culinary feast. Delight in traditional finger sandwiches with various fillings, such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg and cress, and cucumber and cream cheese. The pastries and cakes are true works of art, meticulously crafted and beautifully presented. Classic warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jam complete the experience.

Complementing the delightful treats are a variety of fine teas. Guests at Lanelay Hall can choose from a selection of loose-leaf teas, including traditional English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Darjeeling, as well as unique blends like Lanelay’s signature tea—a refreshing mix of black tea, lavender, and rose petals.

For those seeking an extra touch of indulgence, Lanelay Hall offers a selection of champagne and sparkling wines that pair perfectly with the delicate flavours of the afternoon tea.

What sets Lanelay Hall’s afternoon tea apart is the meticulous attention to detail and dedication to providing a truly memorable experience. From the elegant table settings to the friendly and attentive service, every aspect of the afternoon tea at Lanelay Hall is carefully curated to ensure that their guests feel pampered and indulged.

In addition to the traditional afternoon tea, Lanelay Hall also hosts special themed afternoon teas throughout the year, such as a Valentine’s Day tea with heart-shaped treats and a festive Christmas tea with mince pies and mulled wine. These themed teas add an extra layer of charm to an already delightful experience.

Whether you’re treating your mother, planning a romantic date, or organising a gathering with friends and family, this afternoon tea is the perfect choice. It offers a chance to slow down, relax, and indulge in delicious treats while surrounded by the beauty of the Welsh countryside. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to make a reservation for Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Lanelay Hall and unforgettably experience this timeless tradition.

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