Nestled in the heart of Cardiff, sitting amongst the trees in Bute Park, on the edge of the castle grounds and next to the River Taff is Pettigrew tea rooms. Named after the old head gardener of Cardiff Castle, Pettigrew is a miniature castle echoing the design of it's big sister, including the ramparts.
It's a vintage inspired and themed tea room, one that hits the mark more than any other I've been to. The china, music, and décor are all on point and beautifully eclectic, fitting the tea room perfectly.
The afternoon tea consists of a pot of tea of your choice, I opted for a fruity fusion of black tea with apple, strawberry and caramel (it was lovely!) while the hubby had assam. You pick 3 different sandwich fillings and also get a scone each (we opted for plain, but I don't think you always get a choice).
The scones were served with clotted cream and Caerphilly strawberry jam and were both mine and the hubby's favourite part of the cream tea, the scones were still warm, fresh from the oven :) Once we'd demolished our scones, it was time to pick cake. They have big vintage display cabinet, housing an array of fantastic looking cakes - we opted for carrot cake, I'm always a sucker for that.
It was lovely, moist and with just the right amount of cinnamon. But, after all of that sweetness we realised we'd overdone it and should have asked for the cake to be boxed up and had it later.
All food is made and prepared fresh on site, so all the lovely cakes they have are home-made up in their kitchen.
Pettigrew tea rooms is without a doubt, my favourite place to go in Cardiff, this is probably my 7th or 8th visit, I fell in love with the place the first time I went there, which was for a local blogger meetup about 2 years ago, I couldn't get over how lovely all the staff were, and this wasn't a fluke, every time I've been back the staff have been very knowledgeable and friendly.
If you're ever in Cardiff, I urge you to seek them out - but be warned, they're very popular, so try to call ahead if you can so not to be disappointed! If you're looking for other things to do in Cardiff, why not read other expert guides on things to do while you're here.