Sunday 18 August 2019

Top five spots to have Afternoon Tea this winter

Photo: Shelbourne Hotel
Photo: Shelbourne Hotel
The Gallery at Adare Manor hotel.
Afternoon tea at Adare Manor.
Photo: Shelbourne Hotel
The Philip Treacy-inspired afternoon tea at Galway's The G Hotel.
The Perrier Jouet Enchanting Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Westin Hotel.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

It’s that time of year again. The season of mulled wine, roaring fires and hot chocolates.

Afternoon teas have long been a winter tradition too.

Here are some of the best afternoon teas in Ireland, to get you inspired.

Shelbourne Hotel

Photo: Shelbourne Hotel

If you're planning to have afternoon tea at Dublin's five-star Shelbourne Hotel before Christmas, mid-week is your only option.

The festive afternoon teas, priced at €58 and €73 per person, are already booked out at weekends.

“There is more availability midweek for this at the moment,” a spokesperson for the hotel said.

Expect dainty finger sandwiches made with Castletownbere turf smoked salmon, or braised Waterford ham with shallots, or egg and cress on brioche, and of course, the requisite warm buttermilk scones with clotted cream and Shelbourne strawberry jam.

Festive treats include Rudolph (a chocolate and raspberry macaron), a christmas tree (pistachio frangipane, white chocolate and pistachio cheesecake), the snowman (coconut mousse, with a mango passion centre) and a mini Shelbourne mince pie.

‘Twelve Treats of Christmas’ afternoon tea at the Dylan Hotel, Dublin:

Head Chef Mark Bodie has created an afternoon tea menu that includes sandwiches with turkey and Ballymaloe cranberry relish, or Irish smoked salmon on soda bread with crème fresh and pomegranate, or duck liver parfait on homemade brioche.

Sweet treats include Christmas pudding with Teeling Whiskey butter cream, a mince pie lollipop, a Paté á Choux – a blend of exquisite white chocolate & hazelnut ganache layered with pistachio crumble, or a decadent Genoise Sponge. Handmade Madagascan dark chocolate truffles dusted with L’Opéra cocoa powder will suit the chocolate lover.

This festive afternoon tea runs from November 23 to January 7, and costs €45 per person.

Perrier Jouet Enchanting Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Westin Hotel, Dublin:

The Perrier Jouet Enchanting Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Westin Hotel.

This champagne-inspired afternoon tea includes a champagne truffle, and of course, a glass of Perrier Jouet.

Savouries include sandwiches with oak smoked salmon, roast turkey with cranberry relish, or spinch tortilla. Sweet treats include a rich dark chocolate and hazelnut torte, an iced lemon macaron, and Christmas cake.

The Westin has installed an "Enchanting Tree" which designer Tord Boontje explains: “I wanted to create a functional object that evokes emotions and dreams. Here, utility is beautiful and beauty has utility”.

This afternoon tea is €58 per person and runs until January 5.

Adare Manor, Limerick:

The Gallery at Adare Manor hotel.

A magical setting for afternoon tea, the interior of Adare Manor’s Gallery has a soaring arch ceiling, stained glass and ancient wood-carvings and the finest of china. Executive Pastry Chef Xavier Torne has created a jewel-box menu which includes dainty cut sandwiches of poached shrimp or ballyneety cucumber, and warm scones served with clotted cream and daily-made lemon curd.

Sweet treats include dulcey mousse, choux bun, lemon curd fingers and a greek yoghurt mousse.

Adare Manor's afternoon tea is €50.

Philip Treacy-inspired tea at The G Hotel, Galway

The Philip Treacy-inspired afternoon tea at Galway's The G Hotel.

Head pastry chef and chocolatier Kristin Jahnke has selected a stunning butterfly head piece once showcased by Naomi Campbell as the muse for her first edition.

The menu includes sandwiches with brie and roasted pepper mousse, or beetroot, or Atlantic crab with marie rose. Black forrest terrine, petit four and eclairs with lemon curd are also on the menu.

This Millinery Afternoon Tea is €46.00 for two guests sharing and runs until November 22 and will return again after the festive season on January 8.

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