Cocorico Patisserie is a real Cardiff gem as it’s a French patisserie owned and run by a French patisserie chef making it unique in Cardiff. They recently moved to a bigger premises but have stayed on Whitchurch Road which is nice as it keeps its independent feel rather than becoming commercialised in the city centre. It also makes it a nice meeting point in the area. I’ve been going for afternoon tea at Cocorico since they started serving it so I’m not sure why it’s taken me until now to write about it. Maybe because I normally can’t pause to take photos of it before diving in!
As well as amazing food the tea is supplied by Waterloo Tea. It’s great to see local businesses working together in this way as it’s great for customers like me. It also means no rubbish tea bag as a second thought to the food. The tea is served in the same Forlife teapots that the Waterloo teahouses use and you are given a timer to ensure it’s brewed well.
I opted for Yunnan Breakfast as it’s a Chinese black tea that goes well with both sweet and savoury food. Paullovestea opted for Peppermint Rooibos as he felt like a drink with no caffeine and felt it would be a nice palate cleanser. We were both able to get a reinfusion of our teas meaning we had plenty of tea to accompany the food.
Every single item that comes with the afternoon tea is superb. I would even go out a limb and say it’s the best in Cardiff. Everything is homemade, including the bread and jam, and it isn’t a strict set menu meaning it may be a little different if you visit more than once. The savoury options we were treated to were smoked salmon open sandwiches, chicken open sandwiches, filled cheese croissants with there being a goat’s cheese and onion chutney vegetarian option instead of the chicken and salmon. The sweet options we enjoyed were mini Paris-Brests, mini fruit tarts, mini eclairs with a chocolate filling and mini opera cake. The scones came with the most delicious blueberry and lavender jam and some Chantilly cream. The Chantilly cream works just as well as clotted cream and it’s nice that it’s a French cream offered in a French patisserie.
We paid for our afternoon tea in full but after we’d finished, and were leisurely coming to the end our pots of tea, we very kindly offered some complimentary chocolates from their new range. We were given a white chocolate filled with three vanilla (Madagasgan, Tahitian, Mexican) ganache, a dark chocolate with Penderyn whiskey, an almond cluster with white chocolate and orange zest, a dark chocolate with schezwan pepper and lemon, a dark chocolate with liquid caramel centre and a white chocolate mendiant with nuts and dried fruit.
All of the chocolates were delicious but Paullovestea went as far as to say that the white chocolate with vanilla ganache is the best chocolate he has ever tasted. All the flavours in the chocolates compliment each other very well and the quality of the ingredients is evident. It was also very interesting to be told a little of the history behind some of the chocolates. The mendiant chocolate is named after monastic orders with the colours of the fruits and nuts meant to represent four orders of monks. I was also excited to hear that the chocolate range will be expanding soon and that a macaron range is on its way. I adore macarons but struggle to get good ones in Cardiff so I can’t wait.
The afternoon tea is only £15 a person which is a great price for the quality of it and it could easily stand up against places that charge a lot more. Next time you’re looking for afternoon tea then I recommend you go to Cocorico Patisserie! They ask that you book at least 48 hours in advance.