Table setting inside Newbridge on Usk

I spent my first week of the new year exploring Newport, a city that is famous for hosting a NATO Summit and the 2010 Ryder Cup. Both of these events were held at the world famous Celtic Manor Resort, which I recently visited for an indulgent cream tea.

Old lamp outside Newbridge on Usk

The Celtic Manor’s Newbridge-on-Usk lies to the north of Newport with rolling hills and a meandering river. The crackling wood fire and cosy leather armchairs made for a very inviting first impression.

Flowers inside Newbridge on Usk

Cream Tea Menu, Twinings Whole Leaf Tea Selection Box

After selecting my twinings tea, a fresh pot was brewed while I waited for the cake stand to arrive.

Newbridge on Usk Cream Tea stand

Welsh cakes

Mini carrot cupcake

The staff were very friendly, one even suggested where I could take some Nice landscape photos in the area. I was also impressed to hear that they even grow some of their own vegetables on site.

River Usk

In the nearby city of Newport I also visited Tredegar House Park, a 17th Century Manor once owned by the Morgan Family of Newport for many years. During certain times of year you can tour the grand house and garden.

Tredegar House National Trust building in Newport

The House has recently hosted BBC’s Antique Road Show, it’s grandeur and impressive preservation both inside and out makes it an ideal setting. It’s also a great place to visit in the summer when the tea room and souvenir shops are also open too.

Old fashioned pictures of Tredegar HouseVintage style pictures of Tredegar House and Gardens

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