Saturday 19 August 2017

Afternoon Tea at The Exchange Hotel Cardiff

The Exchange Hotel is Cardiff's newest luxury hotel in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Steeped in history with incomparable unique architecture, the restoration of this iconic building can be described as simply breathtaking.

I've been following the updates of this hotel closely since the renovation started. I'd attended many Christmas parties when the building was known as The Coal Exchange and I was intrigued as to how it could even work as a hotel. Like many others I was sceptical that the hotel would do the building the justice it so rightly deserved. 

This week we returned from our 2 week holiday abroad with a serious case of holiday blues. We realised it was Afternoon Tea Week (14th-20th August) so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to cheer ourselves up and spontaneously booked to try out Cardiff's newest venue.

Afternoon Tea is located in the Grand Hall. As you walk in you are immediately in awe of the traditional yet opulent decor with the dragon clock being the room's centrepiece. You feel transported back in time with Cardiff's history surrounding you. 

We chose to have Prosecco Afternoon Tea which costs £19.95 per person. This includes the food, unlimited tea or coffee and a glass of prosecco. Our eldest daughter was with us who opted for some ham sandwiches and a small plate of treats. As far as i'm aware there isn't currently a specific child's afternoon tea available.

The savoury offerings included salmon finger sandwiches, cheese and pickle in a brioche bun, a chicken wrap and a ham croissant. My daughter declared that her ham sandwiches were the best one's ever. The scones were light and fluffy.

The treats were all dainty but in my opinion, perfectly sized. They were bite sized which actually meant we managed to finish all of them. Usually I find I am too full to eat all of the treats in an afternoon tea but these weren't too rich and the majority of them were very refreshing on the palette. 

Overall, we really enjoyed the afternoon tea at The Exchange Hotel. The food was good, service was great and the building itself is stunning. I am now trying to convince hubby to book us an overnight stay as i'm sure the rooms and the rest of the hotel would be amazing. You can find out more about their bar and restaurant here, Exchange Hotel

If you enjoyed reading this post, be sure to check out this old post of mine, The Best Places in South Wales to have Afternoon Tea.

Disclaimer - I was not asked to write this review. We paid for our afternoon teas and I just wanted to share our experience with you



  1. Wow. Such an iconic building beautifully restored and such amazing value. Afternoon tea for under £20. I think this is a must for me. Thanks for the info

    1. I agree. Is beautifully restored and great value for money

  2. That's a fab way to banish the post-holiday blues. I love afternoon tea and this one sounds delicious!

  3. It looks great, afternoon tea is fantastic. I love what they have done with the place too x

  4. how lovely! I haven't had an afternoon tea for a long time so I'm rather jealous! x

  5. Looks yummy! Glad you had a lovely time.Must give it a try.x

  6. I have never had an afternoon tea (not sure I ever will with my allergies) but would love to take the children to experience it one day. Hope you get your overnight stay!

  7. Wow this building looks stunning 😍 I've never been to afternoon tea!

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