Afternoon Tea – White Swan Tearoom

Hello everyone. During 2018 I’ve made it my goal to try to meet as many Twitter friends as possible. My twitter bestie is the fabulous Julie who writes Picking Up Toys. Despite living fairly close to one another and being friends on Twitter for the last few years we had until last weekend never met in person.

Two ladies sat facing the camera, one with long brown hair one with red hair in a pony tail

We finally rectified that when we met last Saturday afternoon for afternoon tea. Julie is every bit as fabulous and funny as she comes across on Twitter. Of course due to GDPR I couldn’t possibly tell you anything about what went on in our conversations. Instead I’m going to tell you more about the tea room.

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White Swan Tea Room, Monmouth
Pink card, with White Swan Tearoom written on it, followed by the tearoom address

The tea room can be found at the top end of Monmouth. Julie initially contacted the tea room by phone to book a table for us. At the time she told them she had a nut allergy and they recorded this with the booking. I later contacted them via Facebook to alter the booking (after Mr A decided afternoon tea wasn’t for him).

During my Facebook conversation I was given an indication of the service we could expect from the tea room. Mary, the owner asked me if there were any sandwich fillings or cakes that we particularly liked or disliked. I was very surprised as most tea rooms have set menus and beyond catering for food allergies, they are not negotiable. As it was Julie and myself are both happy eaters, so with the exception of smoked salmon we were good with anything.

The  Tea Room

The tea room is set in a sweet little courtyard, just off of  Church Street. It is quite small which suits me as it wasn’t crowded or too noisy. However because of its size I would advise people to book for afternoon tea. The decor was typically Victorian and very much appealed to my steampunk self.

Looking out a bay window. A victorian mantle clock on the window sill. Behind that a stand with a top hat on it

Inside the tearoom. Pink walls. A wooden counter on one side, a large dresser on the other side. A coffee machine in the back of the room

Something else that the tea room has which I thought was lovely was a dog friendly policy.

The Service

China cup and saucer next to a china plate with a napkin and knife, all on a table with a flowery tablecloth

We arrived a little early, and our table was already set for us. I was very pleased to see that decaf coffee was on offer and we both ordered a pot while waiting for our food.

Our little sandwiches were bought out and then Mary the owner came out to say hello.  Mary spent about 5 minutes with us. Telling us about all the beautiful things she had prepared for us to eat and specifically explaining the precautions she had taken that day to ensure Julie’s allergies were catered for. Mary had made sure no food containing nut products were prepared or served in the tea room that day. I was really surprised and delighted by this level of care and attention.

The Food

At the end of the day a tea room can be beautifully set out and have fantastic staff, and still disappoint if the food isn’t spot on. There really was no need to fear that on a visit to this tea room though, the food was superb.

A plate of finger sandwiches in white and brown bread with a cup of crisps in the middle

First to come out was the sandwiches. Beautiful little fingers and triangles, crusts cut off with fillings of cheese, ham and cucumber. Topped off with a bowl of ready salted crisps, because you can never wrong with ready salted.

A glass bowl of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with a blob of cream on top

Next up was a little dish of fruit and cream. It was lovely and  fresh (as opposed to defrosted fruit that I have been served in other places).

A scone with jam and cream in a plate

A bowl with pots of clotted cream and packets of butter

No afternoon tea is complete without a scone and this didn’t disappoint. The scones were huge and served warm. With BIG pots of clotted cream, real butter and little pots of jam.

A two tiered cake stand full of tiny cakes

After the scones came the cakes.

Oh. My. Word.

Just look at the cakes. Each one was perfectly bite sized and totally home-made.

A little jam tart on a plate

The little jam tart was made with jam that was still a little tart, just the way I like it (as opposed to only being able to taste the sugar). It was every bit as good as my mum makes and that isn’t a compliment I give lightly.

I have to confess we failed in our quest to eat everything, and a handful of the cakes were packed up in a little goody bag.

The price of the afternoon tea was £15.95 per person. This is fantastic value for money. I will definitely be visiting again.

Have you experienced fantastic service from a business recently? Have you ever visited this particularly tea toom?

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18 Comments

  1. Liberty on the Lighter Side - (LoLS)

    June 13, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Popping back from the #blogcrush linky, the food still looks delicious 😀 Congrats your post was chosen as another blogger’s choice on the #blogcrush linky this week, you’re eligible for the “I’ve been featured on Blogcrush” badge!

  2. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    June 8, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Tracey, I *live* for afternoon tea! And this one sounds wonderful. Can’t believe you ordered coffee though! Oh well, I won’t hold it against you. 😀 The friend I go out to tea with most often shares my dislike of smoked salmon, so we always ask for substitutes for those.

  3. Picking Up Toys

    June 8, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I’d recommend this lovely little tearoom to anyone, it was a lovely afternoon out, great cakes, great atmosphere and even better company! The cakes nearly defeated us but we went home happy and full! 😊

  4. passion fruit, paws and peonies

    June 8, 2018 at 8:10 am

    I love it when you get gaggles of sweet treats to try. This looks like a fun one! xx

  5. Liberty on the Lighter Side - (LoLS)

    June 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    It all looks delicious, and so much! I would definitely be needing a takeaway bag too. Great that the service is so friendly and accommodating too. I haven’t met up with anyone from Twitter yet, would like that. #lgrtstumble

  6. Alice Frugonia

    June 6, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Looks fabulous and sounds simply so inviting!

  7. Berni

    June 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    It looks fabulous. Am a little jealous of all that cake! #lgrtstumble

  8. nightwisprav3n

    June 6, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    It looks amazing! The food looks good and I’m glad you got to finally meet your Twitter bestie:) #LGRTStumble

  9. thisscribblermum

    June 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Wow! Everything looks great. That price sounds really reasonable too. #lgrtstumble

  10. mummyhereandthere

    June 5, 2018 at 9:31 am

    aw how lovely to make good friends on twitter. The afternoon tea looks gorogus what a place to dine X #LGRTstumble

  11. Millie

    June 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I’m sold on it; I would definitely go. The service sounds amazing! I love that you’re meeting up with as many Twitter friends as possible. 😊#LGRTStumble

  12. Pinkiebag

    June 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    You can’t beat a nice afternoon tea and I love the cake stand #lgrtstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      June 4, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      It was beautiful

  13. Sarah | Mummykind

    June 4, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    My mouth is watering! I love a good tea room! #LGRTStumble

  14. Catie

    June 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    What a gorgeous place. I love the decor and the food looks amazing too. #LGRTStumble

  15. BellyBytes

    June 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    So I’ve tweeted about your lovey tea room treat. I’m hoping to meet up with some blogger friends I just meet online this Wednesday at a tea room . I hope it’s as good an experience as yours and none of the ladies are on a pesky diet!

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      June 4, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Tea rooms and bloggers are the perfect combination

  16. Balaka

    June 4, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    The tearoom looks like such a comfy place. I can spend my whole day here. and the food looks yumm.

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