Sunday, 1 March 2015

Celtic Manor Afternoon Tea Masterclass

After having such a lovely time at the Celtic Manor sampling their Festive Afternoon Tea last year I was really looking forward to attending a live cookery demonstration with the pastry chef Karl. It was billed as 'An unmissable treat for any budding chef or food lover, join our talented Resort chefs for a series of gourmet cookery demonstrations with a difference'. We were greeted with and tea and coffee reception in The Olive Tree restaurant before heading in to see Karl and his team create some wonderful afternoon tea treats. 




Karl showed our intimate group how to make brandy snaps, carrot cake cupcakes and delicate lemon curd tartlets and we got to sample his creations. I took my recipe card home as I'm hoping to try some of these out in my own kitchen. The brandy snaps were so easy to make (or at least they made it look that way) but are really eye catching so they will be a welcome addition to my repertoire.


Karl and his team are so talented, look how neat all of those sweet treats are! I love the little detail of the carrot on top of the cake and all the delicate layers and different colours in the cake on the right. Once Karl had answered a few audience questions at the end of the demonstration we were served a refreshing rose infused gin before heading into the garden room for the main event, Winter Afternoon Tea.


I made sure I didn't eat a large breakfast before I went because we were served roasted carrot soup with paprika, rosemary and savoury oil a tasting spoon with beetroot, Pant-Ysgawn goat’s cheese and Goetre Farm pear chutney, a west coast crab brioche roll and kati roll with spiced chicken, lime, onion seeds and coriander yoghurt. 


We were then served a three tier stand with a finger sandwich selection, raisin and pecan caramel tartlet 
Cappuccino cream, Celtic shortbread and a white chocolate, orange and toasted oat blondie.


Doesn't everything look mouth-wateringly good?


The top tier of the stand was my favourite with the lemon and poppy seed cornets with crushed honeycomb looking and tasting great.The Caldey Island chocolate bar with salted dulce de leche was the highlight of the afternoon tea for me, superb.




When I thought we were all finished a basket of warm freshly baked scones were brought out. They had a hint of apricot and cinnamon and we served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. We simply couldn't fit these in so we took these home in a box with some of the other leftovers to enjoy the next day.


With the Winter Afternoon Tea costing £24 per person (Monday – Friday) and £32 per person (Saturday & Sunday) I think the Masterclass was good value at £40 as you also got to enjoy a coffee and biscuit reception, the baking tips from the head pastry chef and a lovely rose infused gin for only a little more.

The Spring Afternoon Tea is launched in early March and I know I'll be booking a table to enjoy the delicious hand-made cakes, delicate pastries, freshly baked rosewater and vanilla scones that will be on
offer. 

Gemma
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8 comments:

  1. The afternoon tea looks such good value, just wish I lived closer! And agreed, those carrot cakes look incredible, and I know Tom would be all over the honeycomb cones. x

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  2. Wow look at all that incredible food! Wish I could tuck in now!
    Sophie
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  4. So many delicious food. They make my mouth water. <3

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  5. Oh my god, that looks divine! Please make the carrot cupcakes and send them my way ;)

    Maria xxx

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  6. Gosh all those cakes look tempting. I'd love to try out the Brandy Snaps too. Tx

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  7. Wow, the afternoon tea is incredible value. The attention to detail on everything they demonstrated and served is excellent. I'm now feeing very hungry!

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  8. It all looks delicious. You'll have to let us know how you get on with replicating what you saw in the masterclass too.

    Jaye.

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