Review: Afternoon Tea at Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar

Last Wednesday was my birthday. I really wanted to do something different from what I usually do so when I saw a Groupon offer back in October for Afternoon Tea in Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar, I thought it would be a lovely way to spend my birthday.

Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar is in Cardiff Bay on West Bute Street. It’s situated in a former coaching inn, the oldest building (1939) in what used to be called Tiger Bay. 

Octavo’s offers a wide range of books that are available to buy, alongside good food and drink such as wine, coffee and of course tea. They also have regular events so it’s worth checking out their website or Facebook page for more information.

I went with my husband, our twin girls and my step-son. We parked in Mermaid Quay Carpark, but when we arrived at Octavo’s we saw that we could have parked right outside. Good to know for next time, but it was only a five minute walk from where we parked.

When we arrived we were shown to our table and asked what drinks we would all like. My twin girls and I shared a pot of tea, and my husband had a cappuccino.

I was a bit unsure of what to expect before we arrived. I had images of us being sat in the middle of a busy bookshop eating our food whilst people shopped around us, but it wasn’t like that at all.

It is pretty much a cafe surrounded by bookcases full of a wonderful selection of books. Our twin girls enjoyed looking at the books whilst we waited for our food, and it was lovely to see a good selection of Welsh language books too.

As there were five of us we had two cake stands full of delicious food.

The selection of sandwiches included ham and mustard, egg, curry, and tuna with sweetcorn and mayonnaise. They were delicious!

Next up were the scones. They came with cream topped with strawberries and jam. The scones were warm and soft, and with the cream and jam spread on them they were mouth-wateringly good!

The only slight downside for me was the selection of cakes. I didn’t really think about this before I arrived so it’s probably my fault, but I have a nut allergy. The cakes we had were almond and cherry, carrot cake (with nuts in), and chocolate cake with chocolate chips. It was a shame as it meant I could only enjoy the chocolate cake, but I’ll know for next time, and the chocolate cake was very tasty.

As a book lover I absolutely loved the setting for our afternoon tea. It gave me the chance to find some new books, sit back and relax with good food and good company.

I really liked that there was also a good selection of children’s books including those by Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl.

On a final note, the wallpaper in the bathroom (pictured below) was pretty cool too!

Overall, I was very pleased with the food, and I would definitely go back! We had a lovely walk around Cardiff Bay afterwards which was the perfect way to end the day.

I paid for this with my own money, and was under no obligation to write a review. I enjoyed it so much that I just wanted to share it with you!

3 thoughts on “Review: Afternoon Tea at Octavo’s Book Cafe & Wine Bar

  1. Really chuffed you went, I’ve been meaning to book myself in for ages. They do a book lovers themed one that I really fancy! I wrote about Octavo’s in one of my blog posts about independent businesses to support in Cardiff, I just fell in love with the place as soon as I entered, it’s got a lovely atmosphere. Plus, anywhere dog-friendly wins points from me.

    Love it that you got a pic of the wallpaper, I didn’t use the loo but I will next time!

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