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Published August 14th 2012
Utter sophistication darling
Cardiff is famous for a lot of things - rugby of course, the majestic Cardiff Castle and the infamous Chippy Lane are all great references to the welsh capital. Afternoon tea however does not come up much where Cardiff is concerned. But that may change with the rising popularity of one of Cardiff's best kept secrets, The Pettigrew Tea Rooms situated in Bute Park, central Cardiff.
The West lodge in Bute Park is where you will discover a quaint little café and gift shop offering visitors a wonderful experience filled with pretty teacups, delicious cakes and those perfectly cut triangle sandwiches which you can never seem to perfect when at home. As a well-established afternoon tea-goer, I can also vouch for the more than reasonable prices on the menu.
A sunny day is of course the best day to pick to visit the café as there is a lovely outdoor seating area. Although with rain a frequent visitor to Cardiff, the indoor cafe is also very welcoming. David, the owner of the business is wholly welcoming and contributes greatly to the overall positive experience of the place, ensuring that you receive excellent service. Whether its afternoon tea you fancy or just a bottle of traditional lemonade, the setting of the café will make you want to while away the hours watching the world go by in the lush green setting of Bute Park.
Afternoon tea for two at £24.95 offers you a choice of two types of tea, two cakes, scones with fruit preserves and a selection of sandwiches. All the food is of the highest quality and the tea rooms are very accommodating to any special dietary requirements. And if you have had your cake, eaten it, and want some more then you can commission the baker to make you your very own cake.
The most appealing aspect of The Pettigrew Tea Rooms is the obvious effort and love that has been put into the café itself. From the little details including beautiful mis-matched tea cups and chinaware, to the antique furniture and the homemade cakes, the place is full of character and will make you want to visit again and again. David the owner also writes his own blog on the Pettigrew website which aims to help and advise wannabe business owners who want to follow in his footsteps and chase their dreams.
So if you're Cardiff born and bred or visiting the capital for the first time, a visit to the Pettigrew Team Rooms should be top of your 'to-do' list.