GIFTED: Afternoon tea with Smartbox by Buyagift
If you struggle for present ideas for loved ones then a stress-free solution is to give them an experience they will never forget, or a lovely treat they wouldn’t normally splash out on themselves for from Buyagift.
Buyagift offers a great range of trips, experiences and treats via pre-purchased gift cards bought online.
Since it was mum’s 80th birthday recently, last weekend we tried out a Buyagift experience for ourselves, when we went for a luxury afternoon tea at Jaspers Tea Rooms in Llandaff, Cardiff.
I was sent a the Afternoon Tea Smartbox by Buyagift which contained a gift card for an afternoon tea for two. The gift card came in a stylish box containing full instructions and a beautifully presented booklet outlining all our options.
Booking was really easy. You simply choose where you would like to take your afternoon tea and book direct with the venue. Then, all you do is take along the voucher contained in your box and present it as payment in full.
Read on because there’s a chance for one lucky reader to win their own Afternoon Tea Smartbox by Buyagift (worth £34.99) which offers over 425 experiences to choose from. You can also upgrade to an afternoon tea with bubbles for a reasonable extra charge (not included in the prize).
Set in the heart of the leafy village of Llandaff in the shadow of the cathedral, Jaspers Tea Rooms is everything you would expect of a traditional tea room.
Traditional wood seating, an old fashioned fireplace and plenty of antique teapots gives the place a relaxed feel, enhanced by twinkly blue fairy lights.
It’s the kind of place where you could spend all afternoon gossiping and putting the world to rights with the aid of a good, strong pot of tea.
There was plenty of pottery on show from the local pottery at Ewenny and quirky showpieces such as an eighteenth-century chair.
We were seated quickly and service was swift with a three-tier cake stand containing a lovely selection of goodies appearing in no time. Tea was served via a decent size teapot and the staff at Jaspers will refill the pot as many times as you like.
Since the teapot is practically a shrine in my parents’ house, this was very welcome indeed.
The afternoon tea itself comprises a selection of moist finger sandwiches in ham and mustard and egg and cress.
This was followed by home-made scones, jam and cream.
I thought the scones could have been warmed, however, they were fresh and wonderfully crumbly.
We both initially doubted whether we could do justice to the impressive top tier of the cake stand. Miniature Victoria Sponges dusted with icing sugar nestled next to little blackcurrant and cream jellies, mini eclairs, macarons and bite-size Welsh cakes.
Mum has a much smaller appetite these days but we managed to make our way through most of our afternoon tea. The staff kindly supplied take-away boxes for one or two remaining treats to take home to dad which was a thoughtful touch.
One point to note, though, we booked our tea for 4 pm not realising that the tearooms close at 5 pm so double-check if you don’t want to be the last ones on the premises.
I have one Afternoon Tea Smartbox by Buyagift to give away worth £34.99 which entitles to bearer to one afternoon tea for two people at one of the locations detailed in the accompanying literature.
The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday 10th May.
The usual terms and conditions apply which can be viewed on my giveaways page. Emails submitted will be used to contact the winner only and personal data is not retained.