Monday, 15 October 2018

Afternoon Tea at Mulberry Bar, The Celtic Manor

Plush interior of the Mulberry Bar at The Celtic Manor

The Mulberry Bar brings an extra touch of luxury and elegance to The Celtic Manor's growing bar and restaurants offerings. Afternoon Tea is already popular at the resort in South Wales (particularly in The Olive Tree), and so they've reimagined it to fit the sumptuous style of Mulberry Bar.
My experience was complimentary for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own. 

The Mulberry Bar is located in the Main Hotel just to the left of the atrium and next to The Olive Tree restaurant. Specialising in cocktails, wine and cheese, the bar staff are on hand to entertain and educate with their theatrical cocktail making that fuses flavours from across the world together. 

Crystal beaded ceiling light (The Mulberry Bar)
Pastry Perfection (Mulberry Bar, The Celtic Manor)

The setting is chic with regal colours of gold and purple. The crystal chandeliers, beaded drapes and crushed velvet chairs wouldn't look out of place in an Arabian palace. The outdoor terrace with log burners provide the perfect setting for a sultry summer evening.  

The Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea menu and setting

Even by day the lighting is warm and glowy, the low tables, booths and high backed chairs provide more privacy and a relaxed lounge-like dining experience. 

Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea sublime savoury courseMulberry Bar afternoon tea savouries on slate

The Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea has a further twist, you choose a cocktail to enjoy in between the courses of savouries and sweets, as well as a freshly brewed tea. 

Afternoon Tea with cocktails at The Celtic Manor's Mulberry Bar

'The Jaffa Cake' is a sweet-tooth's dream made with Chase orange gin, marmalade vodka and Cointreau. 'Tea Collins' (above) is a more fragrant tipple with raspberry liquorice and lavender tea and Gordon's sloe gin. 

Verrine of cauliflower cheese with rarebit, appetiser of Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea

The Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea arrives in courses on an elegant glass tray. The Verrine of cauliflower cheese (topped with Welsh rarebit) is a warm appetiser to whet the appetite.

Finger sandwiches including coronation chicken, part of The Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea
The sublime savouries on slate, first course of Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea

The 'Sublime Savouries' pair beautifully made canap├ęs with traditional finger sandwiches. The dessert or 'Pastry Perfection' course is delivered in a similar fashion alongside warm raisin scones incased in a glass dome. 

Pastry Perfection course of Mulberry Bar Afternoon Tea with sconesPastry Perfection at Mulberry Bar

Afternoon Tea at The Mulberry Bar is currently available between the 13th October and 25th November on Saturday and Sunday for £38 per person.

For more information and a full menu visit The Celtic Manor Resort website. 
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