High tea and clotted cream
Afternoon tea in Pembrokeshire
Want to know where the best cream teas are in Pembrokeshire?
No holiday is complete without a sumptuous cream tea, and whether you choose to put jam on the cream, or cream on the jam- we won’t judge! Here’s our list of your favourites.
- Penally Abbey, Tenby
This newly renovated manor house is the perfect setting for a leisurely afternoon tea. Start with a pot of tea, a glass of champagne or their signature house cocktail then sit back and relax. We love the homemade Welsh cakes, the relaxed but stylish setting and the attentive staff. If only we could go every day…
- The Grove, Narberth
For the most decadent of high tea experiences go to The Grove. Between the hours of 3pm-5pm, they serve high tea on the terrace, overlooking the garden. You will enjoy freshly cut sandwiches and tea served on a two-tier slate stand, together with homemade buttery scones and Llawhaden clotted cream.
- St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot
Equally delicious is the St Brides Spa Hotel offering, from the panoramic gallery overlooking Saundersfoot Harbour. From 2pm finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and champagne are all waiting for you, along with one of the best views Pembrokeshire has to offer.
The Old Pharmacy and Mamgu’s Welsh cakes are both worth a visit here-homemade cake, tea and coffee to boot (Mamgu even do gluten free Welsh cakes!). Our tip is to start off at one and wait for the tide to lower, then walk out of Solva harbour and back up over the headland to work up an appetite for the other!
- Twr y Felin
Indulge in freshly cut sandwiches, homemade cakes, including mini Welsh Cakes and cream and jam topped scones, accompanied by loose leaf tea or coffee at Wales’ first contemporary art hotel, Twr y Felin. We suggest Oriel Lounge to take your Afternoon Tea, which is a relaxed, ambient space, furnished with velveteen sofas, leather bucket armchairs and the largest pieces in our art collection. Available between 3 pm and 5 pm. *Afternoon Tea must be booked by 12 pm on the day of dining.
- The Boathouse tea room, Stackpole Quay
The team bakes sweet and savoury scones at The Boathouse Cafe, along with their infamous large teacakes to revive you after a trundle on the coastal path! Some of the biggest wedges of homemade cakes are waiting to tempt you, making the walk out to the famous Barafundle Bay and back all the more worthwhile.
- The Bothy Tearoom, Colby Woodland Garden
The National Trust’s Colby Woodland Garden has been home to the Bothy Tearoom for the last ten years. Well known with locals this is a great place to visit for a sweet treat, with acres of woodland on hand to walk up an appetite, and a lovely courtyard to sit outside. Very generous portions of both cream and jam…it’s important to note these things!
- Slebech Park, Haverfordwest
Boasting magnificent views and walks and lots to do for families, Slebech Park Estate provides the perfect tranquil setting to enjoy one of the many choices of the afternoon tea: the lighter cream tea, a full afternoon tea or go all out for the Victorian high tea. Then take a turn round the grounds and you’ll be in holiday heaven!
- Bosherston Tea Rooms, Bosherston
Still known locally as ‘Aunt Vi’s’ (Violet ran the café for 75 years and received an MBE for her efforts, before sadly passing in 2016) this quaint tearoom in Bosherston village makes tea the old fashion way – loose-leaf in a large teapot – to accompany your cream tea or toasted teacake. Still following in Auntie Vi’s excellent footsteps, step back in time and grab a sunny garden table so you can watch the world walk by. Space for kids to run and dogs on leads welcome.
- Quayside Tearoom, Lawrenny
Situated right on the water at Lawrenny Quay this grassy suntrap is the perfect place to explore the freshly baked cakes coming out of the Quayside Tearoom. Although not a traditional full cream tea, they offer a delicious selection of cakes with tea or coffee. Our favourites are the lemon and lime cheesecake (out of this world) and the four-tiered strawberry and cream cake. Walks along the estuary begin directly behind the café, but if watersports areas your thing, this is a great spot to moor your kayak and refuel with lunch and cake.
Controversially here we’re going to advise you stow the cream tea idea and instead hop on board the gourmet doughnut train at Crwst, just over the border. Run by a team of young entrepreneurs, they made their name at local markets selling homemade doughnuts, bread and cakes. They do a great lunch and are now open some evenings too so be sure to check them out in you’re in the area. Our favourites are the gingerbread latte and lemon meringue doughnuts but honestly, we’d take any of them! So many doughnuts…so little time!