Abergavenny is one of those quaint places that I often hear people talking about. Nestled at the edge of the Black Mountains in Wales, it is a small market town a mere 6 miles from the English border. Back in November, I finally got to explore the town and stay at the wonderful Angel Hotel. I was invited to come and stay for the night, and experience their amazing afternoon tea, check out their pop up apres-ski chalet; where we would have fondue and also get to try lunch at their Chapel Cafe.
The Angel Hotel is located in a former coaching in, dating back to the nineteenth century. Inside are 35 beautiful guest rooms, their Oak Room restaurant, Foxhunter bar and Wedgewood Room where they serve their famous high tea. The Angel has won many awards, including the AA Hotel of the Year Wales for 2016/17 and Top Afternoon Tea Outside of London 2011.
I arrived after a rather difficult train journey, and was shown to my room. The rooms are large, airy and the bed was possibly the comfiest bed I have ever slept in. Snuggling down in the duvet felt like wrapping myself in a big marshmallow cloud. The room came with all mod cons, it was just a shame I didn’t have longer to enjoy it.
As I was running late, I rushed down into the Cellar Room, where I was greeted by our hotel hosts and offered a glass of bubbly. The table was laid beautifully, and I sat down to browse the menu. The Angel High Tea comes with a range of classics like egg mayo sandwiches and scones. Then some gorgeous savouries like ricotta, feta and pine nut samosas. My absolute favourite had to be the strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake. Of course, the tea selection was vast and I loved my jasmine tea. There were a range of fish and meat options also, and they were happy to cater for all dietary needs. The High Tea is priced at £27.80 per person and is served every day of the week in their Wedgewood Room.
After High Tea we went for a short stroll to grab some fresh air, then all headed up to our rooms to refresh and get ready for the evenings activities. Although suitably stuffed from the huge afternoon tea, we needed to make room for an evening of alpine-themed activities in the Apres-Ski bar, namely fondue! The apres-ski bar has been kitted out in full alpine-ski-lodge style, and was created especially for the Christmas party season. A total hit for this winter, I am sure it will be back in Dec 2017.
The fondue was a generous feast with ample wine flowing. We got the chance to chat to more of the Angel staff during dinner, who clearly have a special place in their heart for this venue and their jobs here. We chatted over cheese and wine and all too soon it was rather late and my bed was calling.
The next morning we burned all the indulgence off with a walk to the Brecons – namely Sugarloaf. 2 miles north-west of the town, it’s easy to get to and explore. The lovely guys at Drover Holidays were to be our guides for the morning, and we set off on our frosty walk. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to get all the way to the top, but we got some breathtaking views over the Brecons, and I have made a promise to head back and get to the top.
After our walk, it was time for more food! The Angel Hotel has a sister venue, The Chapel Cafe, located in the centre of Abergavenny. Sitting in the basement of a chapel, it is a cafe, an art gallery and a shop in one. They had a great selection on their menu, and I was pleased to see a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Lunch was a gorgeous dish of broad beans on toast with halloumi, something fresh and a little lighter after the previous days heavier choices. The cake selection also looked dreamy but I could not squeeze another bite in.
It is clear to see why The Angel has won so many awards, my stay was a delight and I have to say the staff were some of the friendliest I have encountered during a hotel stay. Their double rooms start at £85 per night.
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