Located just outside the seaside town of Aberystwyth between the expanse of Cardigan Bay and the peaks of the Cambrian Mountains, what better place to enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea
Nanteo’s Mansion is a sprawling Georgian property surrounded by rolling countryside, which is now a hotel and restaurant. Head Chef Gerwyn Jones previously worked with Gareth Ward at nearby award-winning Ynyshir.
We took our seats in the morning room, where oil paintings and antique furnishings create the country house ambience you would expect and large windows overlook the manicured grounds. There are several afternoon tea options on offer served with tea, coffee or prosecco and there is a gentleman’s afternoon tea on the menu too – complete with Welsh rarebit crumpets and cheese scones.
We opted for the full afternoon tea, which was laden with savoury and sweet treats including a selection of dainty sandwiches with fillings of cucumber, smoked salmon and cheddar. We moved on to refreshing pots of lemon posset topped with tangy raspberry coulis, which made a welcome addition to the usual cakes.
Scones are always the star attraction of any afternoon tea and the scones at Nanteo’s did not disappoint – light and crumbly, they were a delight heaped with clotted cream and jam. Special mention must be made of the chocolate scone, still warm from the oven and served with a pot of Nutella, this was sure fire hit for any chocolate lover. Macarons, chocolate cupcakes and cookies completed the experience and after tea we were given a guided tour of the historic property which belonged to the wealthy Powell family for over 250 years.
Nanteo’s is the ideal destination for a weekend break and the rooms and suites blend contemporary style with timeless elegance. There is plenty to please fine dining lovers too – the in-house restaurant yr Eos serves both à la carte and tasting menus made with local Welsh produce and diners can expect a wealth of meat, seafood and vegetarian choices. The Library Bar makes an attractive setting for a few evening drinks, with cocktails inspired by the building’s history on offer as well as an impressive list of wines including local Llaethliw wine.
When it comes to getting away from it all, it is hard to imagine a more tranquil location. And the food from chef Gerwyn is definitely worth the drive. There’s a selection of short break packages ranging from stay and dine packages to the Luxury Welsh Escape package which includes a two-night stay and eight course tasting menu.
Words: Camille Allcroft
Nanteos, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4LU