Afternoon Tea at The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff
For Valentine’s Day we braved the blustery freezing weather for a brisk walk around Cardiff Bay followed by Afternoon Tea at The Exchange Hotel.
The spacious Grand Hall with it’s iconic Welsh ceiling.We were directed to the Grand Hall for our Afternoon Tea, where a rolled out red carpet walks you through the hall and into an alcove where a dozen tables are set up. It’s spacious, with large tables, yet still manages to be intimate. The tables had a tea light and a sprinkling of red glitter hearts on them (which are terrible for the environment, rose petals would have been much better!). Our server was polite and attentive. Despite it being Valentine’s Day and a special Valentine’s Afternoon Tea being advertised, there was only one other couple eating. I wasn’t quite sold on the atmosphere as to be honest, I thought it would be a lot busier even though it’s a Wednesday afternoon. It felt empty and despite a beautiful piano standing at the center of the Grand Hall, cheesy pop music was blaring. Classical would have matched the ambience a little better.
A little bit of romance at The Exchange Hotel.We had initially intended to get the prosecco afternoon tea, but I’ve been holed up with a nasty cold for a week. Although I was feeling better, I didn’t really want to deal with alcohol so we just had the traditional afternoon tea. The tea was brought out piping hot and immediately, or we could have chosen to have coffee if we wanted to stray away from tradition. The afternoon tea itself came out just a few minutes later.