A good cuppa has become a permanent part of our British culture, but did you know that drinking tea also has numerous health benefits? Many teas contain antioxidants, weight loss properties and even the ability to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
To celebrate National Tea Day on April 21 and to promote good health via the incredible healing properties of tea, here are 15 of our favourite tearooms located in our home region of south Wales:
1. Lunah Tearooms, Merthyr Tydfil
A family business run by local baker Catherine Poole, Lunah Tearooms is a vintage-inspired space specialising in scrummy homemade cakes and decadent afternoon teas. The shop also sells a range of preserves and chutneys, with profits going towards the Trinity Child and Family Centre in Aberfan.
2. Popty Castle Tea Rooms, Cyfarthfa Castle
For a refreshing cuppa surrounded by Victorian architecture and spectacular castle grounds, look no further than Popty Castle Tea Rooms. The courtyard here is a particular highlight – a perfect place to soak up some sunshine whilst indulging in decadent cakes and traditional Welsh fare.
3. Umber & Sienna, Taffs Well
Need a break whilst walking or cycling the Taff Trail? Umber & Sienna has you covered. As well as being a cosy tearoom with a diverse range of tasty food and beverages, this little gem displays the work of local artists to browse whilst you recharge. Attractive decor and vegetarian options mean it’s a perfect pitstop for anyone exploring one of south Wales’ most scenic trails.
4. Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Cardiff
Situated in the old gatehouse of Bute Park near Cardiff Castle, Pettigrew TeaRooms is famous for its locally sourced and beautifully prepared afternoon teas. After sandwiches and scones, you’ll get to choose from a selection of irresistible cakes to scoff alongside your pot of loose leaf tea. Walk off your indulgent feast by taking a stroll around the gorgeous gardens of Bute Park.
5. The Prince’s Restaurant and Bakery, Pontypridd
Treat yourself to an elegant banquet at this Pontypridd bakery, founded by Italian restaurateur Dominic Gambarini in 1948. Prince’s is now run by Dominic’s twin sons, David and Joe, who are passionate about staying true to their father’s original cake and bread recipes. Afternoon tea is the best way to experience their range of culinary delights whilst admiring the café’s original Art Deco interior.
6. Waterloo Tea, Cardiff
Having originally opened in the Waterloo Gardens area of Penylan in Cardiff, Waterloo Tea has since expanded into a chain of three acclaimed cafés. An epic array of loose leaf tea is on offer in each establishment. From common varieties like English Breakfast and Earl Grey to more exotic fruit and herbal infusions, it’s a must-visit for tea lovers seeking something more than a standard cuppa.
7. Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
Michelin star chef James Sommerin is a legend of the south Wales food scene, with people flocking for miles to sample his delectable dishes. His place on Penarth seafront is particularly popular for afternoon tea; expect hearty hampers of daintily prepared confections served in luxurious restaurant surroundings.
8. Cedars, Bridgend
Surrounded by 120 acres of beautiful countryside in the Bryngarw Country Park, Cedars provides a delicious array of tea and cakes from its location in Bridgend. The tearoom prides itself on offering locally sourced food and drink for reasonable prices. Afternoon tea is the specialty, with quality tea served in vintage china alongside freshly made cakes and sandwiches.
9. Chai, Cardiff
Formerly known as Chaiholics, Chai embodies the spirit of traditional chaiwallahs in India – specialist vendors who serve up hot chai and traditional tea with impeccably high standards. The café serves seven different types of chai tea, alongside other Indian varieties such as darjeeling and assam.
10. Mrs T’s, Newport
A charming vintage inspired café complete with vinyl records playing songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s, Mrs T’s is a friendly Newport café that’s popular with locals for its freshly baked cakes, accommodating staff and superb afternoon teas. The lemon drizzle cake is particularly legendary – who could resist a slice whilst sat out on their sunny courtyard on a summer’s afternoon?
11. The Apothecary, Cardiff
Stocking both specialist brews and traditional varieties, The Apothecary is a hidden haven for tea enthusiasts in Cardiff. Anyone with a love of cake will enjoy the selection of homemade bakes here, which include vegan and gluten-free options. The shop also stocks a wide range of natural herbal remedies, alongside a selection of gifts, homeware, stationery and jewellery.
12. Selah, Llanishen
A family owned tearoom tucked away in the quaint village of Llanishen, Selah is worth a trip for lovers of fine china and homemade cakes. Seasonal food and scrumptious afternoon teas combine in this homely local café. The staff here have been known to sing whilst they prepare food and drinks for their customers – tuneful tea drinkers may be inclined to join in between sips!
13. The Hours, Brecon
This award-winning café at the foot of the Brecon Beacons marries delicious food and drink with the relaxed ambience of a book-shop, stocking a hand-picked selection of literature to lose yourself in during your visit. It’s a perfect place to kick back after a long walk in the wild Welsh mountains.
14. Jaspers Tea Rooms, Llandaff
Located a short walk from the impressive colossal structure of Llandaff Cathedral, Jaspers Tea Rooms is a traditional café where you can hide away with a newspaper or relax in the sunny courtyard whilst sampling a variety of teas and cakes. Just down the street, you’ll spot a plaque commemorating beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, who grew up in Llandaff and attended the local Cathedral School.
15. Barker Tea House, Cardiff
Barker Tea House is an impeccably furnished vintage tea room in Cardiff city centre, known for serving up generously sized afternoon teas full of scones, sandwiches and cakes. With squishy sofas and an endless array of tea to choose from, you may be tempted to spend the entire afternoon in this cosy café.
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