Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea At The Park Plaza, Cardiff

When I heard that The Park Plaza in Cardiff were doing a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, a twist on the traditional afternoon tea swapping finger sandwiches for mini venison burgers, I just had to book. Spencer and I love afternoon tea, but we also love burgers and steak, this sounded perfect for us.

review of the gentleman's afternoon tea at the park plaza in cardiff

I decided to purchase a voucher for Spencer’s Father’s Day present last year, he loved the idea and couldn’t wait to try it out.

Gentleman's afternoon tea served on black slate in park plaza cardiff wales

When we arrived at the hotel the staff were lovely and friendly, we were seated straight away and introduced to our waitress, who was super lovely and very chatty.

gentleman's afternoon tea with beef scotch egg and yorkshire pudding

The manly afternoon tea came out beautifully presented on a slab of slate. We started off with Chorizo Scotch egg with Bloody Mary mayonnaise, Seared Welsh Sirloin steak Caramelised red onions & garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta, Severn & Wye smoked salmon blini with dill crème fraiche & caviar, Mini Brecon Venison burger with juniper berry & red currant mayonnaise, Miniature prawn cocktail shot and Roast Sirloin of Welsh Beef & horseradish stuffed Yorkshire pudding.

Chorizo Scotch egg with Bloody Mary mayonnaise Seared Welsh Sirloin steak Caramelised red onions & garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta Severn & Wye smoked salmon blini with dill crème fraiche & caviar Mini Brecon Venison burger with juniper berry & red currant mayonnaise Miniature prawn cocktail shot Roast Sirloin of Welsh Beef & horseradish stuffed Yorkshire pudding

Spencer and I both loved the amount of meat served with this tea, but we were slightly disapointed with the quality of the meat, the seared Welsh Sirloin steak had a lot of fat running through it and was almost impossible to bite into and, unfortunately, the mini burger wasn’t very flavoursome.

Warm chocolate fondant with clotted cream, rum baba filled with Chantilly cream & raspberries at park plaza afternoon tea

The puddings came out at the same time as the savouries but on a slate of their very own, and boy did they deserve their own slate, they were delicious! The puddings were a Rum Baba filled with Chantilly cream & raspberries and warm chocolate fondant with clotted cream. Despite our waitress explaining what was what Spencer and I both made the mistake of thinking that the clotted cream was ice cream!

rum baba filled with Chantilly cream & raspberries

The Rum Baba definitely won the afternoon tea for me. It was delicious and satisfying yet light.

The Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea is such a good concept and is full of interesting and delicious flavours. As mentioned above the quality of the meat did let it down a little for us, but we may have just been unlucky on the day. This wouldn’t stop me recommending this tea to others.

Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at the Park Plaza, Cardiff is priced at £19.95 per person and can be booked here.

Father’s Day Gift Guide
Are you stuck for ideas for Father’s Day next week (21 June)? If so, take a look at my gift guide suitable for most budgets.
personalised photo cake for father's day
Who doesn’t like cake? This cake fits through your letter box so you don’t have to wait in for it’s arrival. You can choose your personalisation and cake filling. This is actually a cake that I won via Life of Mum’s blog and it has already been eaten, I must admit, we did feel guilty eating Aria!
Father's Day personalised photo mug comic style
With Spencer being in work while Aria and I are enjoying ourselves at home I thought it would be nice to get him a little something to remind him of Aria, he drinks a lot of tea in work so what better something than a personalised mug?
colourful photo frames
Another one for the office, these photos come ready framed in frame colours of your choice. They are small enough to fit nicely on a desk without getting in the way.
distressed denim gift boxes containing jam from Nanny Violet's Jams
Nanny Violet’s Jams
You can read my review of Nanny Violet’s jams here, I enjoyed the jams so much that we decided to buy some for both mine and Spencer’s dads for Father’s Day. We will also buy them some local cheese and posh crackers to go with these.
Gift voucher for Park Plaza Gentleman's Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea consisting of steak, yorkshire puddings, mini burgers and scotch eggs. Sounds amazing right? I just hope that Spencer takes me along with him.

personalised peppa pig my daddy book from pen wizard
Personalised book
This is a pretty cool gift, you can personalise the characters in this Peppa Pig book (from a limited choice!) to resemble daddy and child, you can also add additional spouses. You enter the child’s name in and can also enter a short personal message. Get £3 off using the code DADDY.
As well as it being Father’s Day on 21st June it is also the day that Aria and I are taking part in the Race for Life. This outfit is simply perfect for both of these occasions, it will be a lovely surprise when Spencer sees her in it on the day and the pink tutu will look fantastic in the Pink Army! My friend who I am doing Race for Life with has also bought one for her daughter, they are going to look adorable next to each other. I’m a little excited about this one as you can probably tell.

Das Horn Drinking Vessel and stand

Das Horn*

As well as a nice thoughtful gift I love to throw in a novelty gift. This year I have gone for the Das Horn, a very manly drinking vessel that can be displayed in a stand in pride of place when not in use.

personalised photo Father's Day card from Moonpig

Personalised Photo Card

As it is Spencer’s first Father’s Day I thought I would put a bit of effort into the card in the form of a photo card. I fell in love with this one, I love that it looks as though it has been coloured in with a crayon.

Some of the retailers in this post pay cashback via Quidco, if you haven’t already signed up with them you can do so here, if you have make sure that you go through them first to get your cashback. It really is worth doing, I’ve earned £97.50 in about a year and a half.