Indoor ski and snowboard lesson discount at SnowDome Tamworth in Birmingham

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I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding but recently booked my first trip on the slopes to Andorra in March. As I don’t skate or surf I don’t quite fancy my chances of taking to it like a duck to water i’ll be honest so i’ve been toying with the idea of getting a lesson or just trying open session at a local dry ski slope in Cwmbran or Cardiff. I’d heard there was an indoor ski slope in Birmingham but I was also told that the price was a bit steep and after spending a little more than I first anticipated on new kit for the snowboarding trip I ruled that option out.

Luckily I just stumbled on a great discount at the SnowDome for an indoor ski or snowboarding lesson for a fraction of the normal cost of lessons there. LivingSocial are offering a 2 hour group ski or snowboarding lesson for a discount price of just £37 instead of £62 per lesson as advertised on the SnowDome indoor ski slope website. This doesn’t give me much time to book as it’s a bit late this weekend, which only leaves next weekend to take advantage of the SnowDome discount snowboarding deal as i’m flying out on 13th March but if I do enjoy the slopes i’ll definitely be heading back up to Birmingham for a lesson when i get back.

If you’ve never given skiing or snowboarding a try or want a bit of help before your first trip on the slopes then this indoor skiing or snowboarding discount at SnowDome in Birmingham is definitely worth considering as friends of mine pointed out that i will end up wasting a day of my trip sitting on my ass as i won’t have a clue what i’m doing. Seeing that i’m only going for 4 days that seems a bit of a waste so even if i don’t have time to travel up to Birmingham’s Snow Dome to take advantage of the deal i’ll try my best to do a dry slope nearby but this is a great idea if you are thinking you are going to end up struggling when you get on the snow.

Take a look on LivingSocial and get the discount indoor snowboarding at SnowDome in Tamworth, Birmingham with either 2 hours for £37 or a 3 hour lesson for £52 and you get to test your balance and skills right up till August 28th 2015 so you can get a bit more use out of that newly acquired ski or snowboarding kit.

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Guide to afternoon tea and the best places to go in South Wales

Most people tend to either be a sweet or a savoury lover, but me.. I love both! With that in mind afternoon tea is my idea of heaven with pastries, sandwiches and cakes galore. Oh and a little tipple of alcohol to wash it down with always goes down a treat too!

Unfortunately i’d never been for afternoon tea up to now so i’ve been on a mission to find the perfect afternoon tea locally in South Wales. What first led me to my quest for the ultimate afternoon tea was an email from the Celtic Manor advertising their Willy Wonka chocolate inspired afternoon tea. As usual i left it too late and the dates were snapped up almost instantly as parents scrambled to take their kids to the first chocolate and child inspired afternoon tea i’ve come across for Christmas.

Below is a break down of some of the best places for afternoon tea in South Wales either based on recommendation or from my reaction to the sugar coated goodies on the menu.

Angel Hotel, Cardiff

The Angel Hotel is in a prime centre location of Cardiff right next to two of the Capital’s most iconic buildings with it running along the walls of Cardiff Castle with great views into the garden’s if you decide to stay the night too and it’s also on the same street as the gates to the mighty newly renamed Principality Stadium formerly known as the Millennium Stadium.

I’ve stayed at the hotel a number of times due to it’s central location and reasonable nightly rate but not tried the afternoon tea myself although feedback on the sponge based confectionaries and sandwiches has been very positive from people at work.

Groupon currently have an afternoon tea discount at The Angel Hotel with £15 getting two dinners the standard afternoon tea or you can upgrade with a glass of prosecco for just £6 on top or you can double up and get 4 dinners with a discount afternoon tea at the Angel Hotel for £30 without or £41 with prosecco.

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On the day afternoon tea dinners are treated to a range of finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, a selection of cakes including strawberry merinque, chocolate delice, mini lemon tartlet, a slice of fruit cake. After you’ve let that settle you are then onto round two with two warm fruit scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream with a choice of tea or coffee to wash all that sugary goodness down.

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Celtic Manor, Newport

This was my first choice for afternoon tea after obsessing over the menu’s of all the options in my short list for weeks and I wasn’t disappointed.

I like what the Celtic Manor do with their afternoon tea’s as they don’t just rest on their laurels and they change it with the seasons instead of having the same offering throughout the year.

As i mentioned above I missed out on the Willy Wonka Chocolate Afternoon Tea that i was planning on taking my younger sister to but there were a couple of other options still left. There is the Resort Afternoon Tea with an autumn twist of warm glass of spiced Pimms to start, which is what i went with as it had macarons on the menu and I have a slight obsession with them. There was the Christmas Afternoon Tea, and the Newbridge Cream Tea served at the Newbridge Hotel that is not on the Celtic Manor Resort but just up the road towards Usk but is part of the Resort portfolio.

For my autumn inspired afternoon tea that i opted for we were presented first with the glass of warm spiced Pimm’s, while the waiter explained the format and what we would be served on the day with 3 different plates over the course of the two hours.

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First out were the savoury dishes with pulled pork and crackling on brioche roll, smoked salmon mouse on pumpernickel bread, pumpkin and goats cheese tart and mini cheese rarebit on toast.

We were then served a pot of our selected tea or freshly brewed coffee to go with our selection of finger sandwiches, which included cucumber, pastrami and dill, egg mayonnaise, chicken with sage and chestnut.

The cakes also accompanied the sandwiches on the tiered cake stand and included Raspberry and frangipane batten berg, white chocolate and pistachio macaroon, Welsh ‘Hilltop Honey’ and lemon meringue tart, Merlyn liqueur truffle slice, Frosted carrot cupcake.

After being offered another pot of tea out came our warm scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream. I for one was quite worried i would still be hungry with the portion sizes and especially after seeing how small the items were when they first came out but i was pleasantly surprised at how full i was after we had all of our items on the menu.

This was my first experience of afternoon tea and would highly recommend it here at the Celtic Manor especially as they update the menu every couple of months in fact I’m tempted to try the Christmas afternoon tea menu that starts on December 1st. What sealed the deal for me on the menu was the white chocolate and pistachio macaron but that was the only thing on the menu that i was disappointed with and even left half of it on my plate as it just didn’t taste like ones i’ve had in the past and made myself it broke apart when i bit into it as there was a massive air bubble underneath the skin. I low they are supposed to be crisp texture on the outside but these just didn’t taste right i think the problem was they were just too big and didn’t cook right. All the ones i’ve eaten and made myself are smaller and seem to cook through a lot better.

My favourite item on the menu was the Welsh ‘Hilltop Honey’ and lemon meringue tart that was to die for and wish i could of had a box of 6 to take home!

The afternoon tea at the celtic manor costs £22 each and by my admission is excellent value for money as i was left full until about 8pm in the evening after sitting down at 1.30pm in the afternoon, which is unknown for me.

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Park House, Cardiff

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I’ve not been for afternoon tea at Park House opposite Cardiff Museum in Cathay’s Park but I have done the 7 course taster menu and that was top notch.

I had mini macarons, crab ones in fact during one of the courses and a fabulous desert to finish. you’re dining in very grand surroundings here with the building being a significant 19th century Grade 1 listed Welsh Mansion, which adds to the sense of being extra special.

Travelzoo are currently running a special promotion with an afternoon discount for two including prosecco for just £35 for both.

The prosecco afternoon tea usually costs £30 each so it’s a great deal.

In the afternoon tea discount at Park House you get the following included:

  • Afternoon tea for two people, served on a bone-china tea set and including a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked fig and ginger scones with seasonal conserve and clotted cream, a selection of handmade cakes and pastries, and your choice of tea or coffee each
  • A 125ml glass of prosecco each.
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Park Plaza, Cardiff

The afternoon tea at the Park Plaza in Cardiff was a close second for me based on reviews from friends and pictures i’ve seen on their Facebook page and also it’s central Cardiff location so both of us could of had a few glasses of fizz or cocktails to go with the afternoon tea.

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What had me so interested in Park Plaza afternoon tea though was the choice of menus they have. They don’t just have traditional afternoon tea available they also have a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea menu too, which has a more manly take on afternoon tea with a protein fest of mini venison burgers, seared sirloin steak and onion ciabatta, chorizo scotch egg and Bloody Mary mayonnaise. Instead of  cakes you get Yorkshire pudding topped with roast beef and horseradish with the grand finale of Warm chocolate fondant with clotted creamRum Baba filled with Chantilly cream & raspberries!!

I’m dribbling just writing the menu again but thought that would be more fitting for a day out and bromance with my male friends and not what i initially started looking for but i will definitely be trying it out soon but will be washing the food down with a beer not a cup of tea for sure.

The traditional afternoon tea will cost you £16.50 each and the gentleman’s afternoon tea will set you back £18.95 with both options allowing an upgrade of champagne to add that extra icing on the cake.

Park Plaza are now doing a Hendrick’s G & Tea afternoon tea for something a little bit different and for those who don’t want to try the Gentlemen’s afternoon tea. Travelzoo are offering it’s customers a discount on the Hendrick’s G & Tea afternoon tea at the Park Plaza Hotel for just £27 including full use of the spa facilities at the hotel.

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Waterloo Gardens, Cardiff

Waterloo know how to do tea as they sell their own in the Tea House and wholesale online and it can be found on sale in Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Berlin, Budapest and Dubai.

The original tea house opened in 2008 in Pen y Lan next to Waterloo Waterloo Gardens hence the name but they have since opened up shop in Penarth and on Mill Lane in Cardiff City Centre.

At the tea house you will find the biggest selection of tea in the capital, along with heavenly cakes and they also exhibit local artists work so you can have  a nosey when you’re there.

The afternoon tea at Waterloo Tea Gardens comprises of a selection of fresh cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam, finger sandwiches and chocolate truffles  – all served on a three tier cake stand with a tea of your choice. Everything is home-made and costs just £13.50

Jolyon’s @ No. 10’s, Cathedral Road, Cardiff

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Situated close to Cardiff City Centre a stones throw from Sophia Garden’s, which would make an ideal finish to watching the ashes this week Jolyon’s at No. 10’s are offering guests a discount sparkling afternoon tea with a glass of presecco for just £22 for two people between 2-6pm this summer.

I’ve popped into Jolyon’s on a pub crawl from the other end of Cathedral Road into town so only had 20 minutes to acquaint myself with the surroundings but was impressed with the the hotel on my short time spent in there and would be a great finish to an afternoon of sampling the beers, ales and wines along the way if you wanted to attempt something similar.

The Jolyon’s afternoon tea discount includes the usual suspects such as variety of finger sandwiches, tea, coffee and the glass of fizz.

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Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Cardiff Castle

Pettigrew is one of the most recent openings offering afternoon tea and is situated in the gatehouse of Cardiff Castle so you get some great views of the castle grounds and there is outside seating for the summer but being close to December you would have to be pretty brave to sit outside with your tea and cake.

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Unlike the hotels offering afternoon tea this is a more hearty choice with choice of tea, scones, sandwiches but instead of the mini pastries and cakes you get to choose a big wedge of the cakes of the day they have freshly baked at the tea rooms.

The afternoon tea costs just £13.50 each

Livingsocial also have a discount high tea for two for £24 with a value of £39 or £48 for 4 worth £78.

The Petigrew Tea Rooms deal includes a short of winter berry cordial, your choice of finger sandwiches to share, a freshly baked fruit, plain, or seasonal scone with clotted cream and Caerphilly strawberry preserve, a slice of homemade cake, and a loose leaf tea, coffee, or soft drink each. You’ll also receive a handmade gift to take home.

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Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

I’ve strolled past the Hilton Hotel opposite Cardiff Castle on a number of occasions to see the Razzi restaurant full with people dressed up nibbling on finger sandwiches and cakes and always fancied trying it but thought being the Hilton it was going to be way overpriced. After hunting down the best afternoon tea i was quite surprised at how cheap it was at £17.50 and unlike the others i’ve heard they keep topping up the sandwiches if the cakes don’t fill you up.

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The newly relaunched Grey Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel currently have a discount for their afternoon tea on Travelzoo for just £23 for 2 guests in eluding a glass of bubbly

Nant Ddu Lodge, Brecon

Nant Ddu Lodge is located in Brecon just north of Merthyr Tydfil. I’ve never heard a bad word said about this place and I know a lot of people who have visited for spa days and afternoon tea including friends and family. I’ve not had the afternoon tea but i’ve stayed for the weekend dinner, bed and breakfast deal they do and the food was really good.

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Royal Hotel, Swansea

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Not forgetting our friends further west of the city and in Wales second city the Royal Hotel have one of the best deals at the moment online with a discount afternoon tea for two guests for just £15 saving 50% or if you fancy a ladies (or guys as i’m quite partial to a finger sandwich and macaron) day out then you can get a discount on the afternoon tea for 4 guests too for just £29. That is actually cheaper than the original price for two diners.

Situated opposite Swansea train station this would be idea to end a day of shopping before heading home or for a birthday treat for someone special.

Expect sandwiches included fresh local ingredients to Swansea, cakes and scones dripping in clotted cream as it is the summer and it’s not as if you have a bikini to fit into!

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Wriggle App lunch and afternoon tea discounts in Cardiff

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If you’ve not heard of Wriggle or used it you can check out the review on Wriggle here.

Basically Wriggle is a daily deal app / website offering discounts on a great range of independent restaurants, cafe’s and bars around Cardiff, Bristol and Brighton. Once you download the app pick what day you want to visit with the options for that day and up to 3 days before. It differs from other daily deals as you have to use it for the day you purchase and within the time frame.

I use Wriggle on a daily basis and used it for a cocktail tasting menu at Lab22, beers at Tiny Rebel & Pipes, burgers at Got Beef, Time and Beef and Kongs, an open sandwich at Wally’s Kaffeehaus, 3 courses at Pot Bistro, flat whites at Outpost and Lufkin, pizza and pasta at Porro and breakfast booking for the morning at Pettigrew Tea Rooms.

There are different deals showing up all the time from some of my favourite places in Cardiff and new places signing up all the time offering up to 50% off the standard price. There are regular coffee, cake and coffee deals at the likes of:

  • Brod
  • Brodies
  • Canna Deli
  • Kemis
  • Wally’s Deli / Kaffeehaus
  • Early Bird
  • Lufkin Coffee Roasters
  • Anna Loka
  • Quantum Coffee Roasters

Head to Wriggle to download the app then login, go to Refer a Friend in the menu, Redeem a code then add the code AUHPSS to get a further discount on your first purchase.

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Nant Ddu Lodge Spa Day for 2 discount with two treatments each in Brecon

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Nant Ddu is nestled in the Brecon Beacons along the A470 just passed Merthyr Tydfil so is easily accessible from most of South Wales by car or even the train with a short taxi ride from Merthyr Tydfil train station with the taxi rank just metres away.

KGB Deals are offering customers an amazing deal with a discount on a Spa Day for two including two treatments each and a tea or coffee thrown in too for just £59!

I’ve stayed at the Nant Ddu Lodge hotel once and they do a great dinner, bed and breakfast deal, which you could make the most and use the same time as your discount spa day. The Spa discount can be purchased from KGB deals but you can enquire directly with the hotel about the dinner, bed and breakfast, which comes with a £50 voucher to be used on food at the hotel bistro in the evening and I can confirm the food was delicious.

View the food menu for the Nant Ddu Lodge bistro.

Included in your discount spa day at the Nant Ddu are two treatments each from the following options:

  • express facial
  • back, neck and shoulder massage
  • eye treatment
  • skin polish
  • body exfoliation

Whilst unwinding between treatments you have full use of the other spa facilities including indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
Not quite a sports massage but if to de-stress the mind and body after a tough week of Wod’s in Crossfit this would be ideal for a Friday treat. Relaxing the muscles can aid mobility for the crossfit WOD’s in the coming week.
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