Afternoon tea overlooking Saundersfoot Bay in a swanky four-star hotel, does life get any better?
Well, perhaps if the Welsh weather had been on side, but a few spots of drizzle certainly didn’t dampen spirits or the scenery.
Perched on a hill above the beach, St Brides Spa Hotel has a prime spot on the coast and there’s nothing like savouring the views whilst you whet your appetite at the same time.
Of course, the views do come with a price.
Full afternoon tea for two in the panoramic gallery set myself and my dining partner back £17.50 each.
But if you’re all about teas, scones and the whole experience, then it’s worth it.
And you might be surprised by just how much you actually get for your money.
We were presented with a three-tiered tower of treats, starting with a selection of finger sandwiches, a layer of fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and raspberry preserve, and a mighty platter of banana bread, lemon cake, chocolate pastry tarts and mini panna cotta.
Seriously, we were both defeated by the end of it.
There was just as much choice when it came to the leaf tea selection, although we kept it rather traditional with Assam Breakfast and Darjeeling Second Flush.
Right, so let’s get on to the flavour of things.
When it came to the sandwiches, I was surprised that you weren’t able to pick your own fillings and if I had not advised the waiter that I was vegetarian prior to ordering, I would have been given meat and fish options.
Having made my dietary requirements clear though, the staff were very accommodating and served up delicious cucumber and cream cheese, pesto and roasted vegetable, and very strong cheese and tomato alternatives.
As for the sweet treats that followed, well, they were gorgeous.
Everything was obviously freshly baked and the selection worked really well together.
Although, my partner and myself did struggle with the final tier, purely down to the sheer volume of food. Don’t be fooled by the bite-sized appearance, it is very filling!
There wasn’t any rush to wolf it down either, we were encouraged to take our time and enjoy the vista, which we definitely did.
Not even the weather could rain on our parade.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you could always spoil her with a spot of afternoon tea too.
Source: Wales Online, 9 March 2015
St Brides Hill, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire SA69 9NH