Afternoon tea in Cardiff bringing you the Taste of Wales
The highly popular dining attraction can now be enjoyed in Thomas Restaurant at Future Inns Cardiff. We like to do it a bit different from the rest, and guarantee a Taste of Wales in our afternoon tea selection.
When it comes to indulging in a scone with fresh cream and jam, or feasting on a finger sandwich you are quite literally spoilt for choice when picking a place to go for afternoon tea in Cardiff.
The highly popular dining attraction can now be enjoyed in Thomas Restaurant at Future Inns Cardiff. We like to do it a bit different from the rest, and guarantee a Taste of Wales in our afternoon tea selection. The welcoming, cosy Cardiff Bay restaurant is open to the public as well as hotel residents throughout the week with afternoon tea served daily between 1pm-5pm.
Indulge in the beauty of Welsh food
The Welsh word for taste is Blas, and our amazing chefs certainly bring you that, producing distinct and authentic flavours. They have recreated the traditional menu of delicious finger sandwiches, mouth-watering homemade cakes and handmade scones with lashings of cream and fruit jam, by adding a truly Welsh twist.
The Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served with unlimited servings of tea or coffee; but we highly recommend continuing the theme with Welsh Brew Loose Leaf Tea. You can also add on a glass of bubbles, prosecco, champagne or even a cocktail.
Specialist diets and allergens
As our afternoon tea is homemade in house, we are able to assist anyone who has a specialist diet or allergies and intolerances. If require a vegetarian or vegan spread, or if you need gluten or dairy free for example, please mention this when booking. It is essential that these are pre-ordered, giving us as much notice as possible, so they can be made for you.
Baby showers, bridal parties and birthdays
Larger parties looking for places to eat in Cardiff Bay are also welcome, especially if you are celebrating a baby shower, bridal party or a birthday. These can be celebrated in Thomas Restaurant or one of our eight function suites, which are ideal if you plan to play any games or activities.
The history of afternoon tea
Afternoon tea was invented in the 1840’s because the 7th Duchess of Bedford was hungry. At the time, it was custom to eat dinner in the afternoon followed by a light supper late in the evening. Among the upper class the dinner hour started creeping later and later and a light lunch was introduced around midday. It left a considerable gap between the light lunch and the more considerable evening meal.
The Duchess asked the cooks to prepare some sandwiches and a slice of cake for her in the late afternoon which she happily consumed with a cup of tea, or two. Soon she began inviting friends to join her, to be followed by a walk in the grounds.
The custom was quickly adopted by the upper class in general, and later filtered down the social ladder, especially after Queen Victoria took part in the tradition. At this point the ‘Tea Reception’ was born, with lavish and fancy events hosted by prominent figures in society.
How do I book?
Why not add on a glass of sparkling wine for £3.50 per person?
Please note; pre-booking is essential as these are made fresh and to order.
Gift vouchers can also be purchased (here), ideal for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and other special occasions.
There’s always time for tea, and there’s always room for cake!