Late Afternoon Tea – Inn on the Green
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
I really am on a mission to nibble and munch my way through all that Five Star Dining has to offer in Dublin City when it comes to Afternoon Tea, you know this already from my previous posts/articles on the matter. So it went without saying that the Five Star Fitzwilliam Hotel which looks out onto the glorious Stephen’s Green and can be found a hop, skip and jump away from Grafton Street, would be on my list for its Late Afternoon Tea.
Booking made and my little sister by my side we parked in the Stephen’s Green Car Park and made our way around to the hotel. It’s really convenient the hotel is so central, with everything on its door step as the plan for some shopping slowly seeped into the afternoon’s agenda before we even sat down to dine.
The Afternoon Tea at The Fitzwilliam is different from the other Afternoon Tea’s I’ve tried to date. Firstly it is a Late Afternoon Tea and is served between the hours of 2pm and 6pm, which is a really smart idea if you are meeting friends or family after work during the week or after a day’s shopping at the weekend. It’s available seven afternoon’s a week. Next it takes place at the Inn on the Green which is The Fitzwilliam Hotel’s Cocktail Bar which has a traditional style curved bar but which like the hotel, is very modern, stylish and stream-lined. Think bright, bold colours, Aztec patterned furnishings, modern art but warmth and comfort too. Finally, to match its modern and stylish surroundings, the Late Afternoon Tea at the Fitzwilliam Hotel is modern with a splash of tradition and here’s why …
Glass Cups and Glass Tea Pots
Metallic Three Tier Serving Platter
On Trend Tastes – Savoury
Tomato cone with beef, egg and watercress – Beetroot jelly, smoked salmon, goats cheese and fennel – Smoked cheddar and chive gruyere’s – Truffle Arancini. All deliciously presented and tasting, I actually wanted to lick the bowl the beetroot jelly was served in but I refrained.
Timeless Classics and More – Sweet
Lemon financier with tea cream – Miniature scones with clotted cream and jam – Macaroons – Coconut and white chocolate truffles – Rose water truffles. They were all delicious but my favourites were the Rose Water Truffles and Lemon financier with tea cream. My least favourite was the scone which was baked to perfection but lacked in the clotted cream department.
Fun and Modern Cocktails
Espresso Martini – Chocolate Martini – Passion Fruit Cosmopolitan – Gimlet – Metropolitan – Cosmo Royale – Elder Bubble
You know when we first sat down to our Late Afternoon Tea, I really didn’t know what to expect. The setting was different from my other experiences and I couldn’t imagine being served our tea in china cups as it just wouldn’t suit. However, The Inn on the Green at The Fitzwilliam Hotel are smart, they’ve taken a very traditional experience and have adapted it to suit their style. They have added modern twists to keep it in tune with what they are all about and it works!
My sister and I had a lovely afternoon. Our hostess, Victoria, well I hope it’s Victoria, was smilingly friendly, informative and attentive. The tea she suggested for my sister was delicious – ‘Strawberry and Champagne’, mine was a lovely choice too, the ‘Assam Mangalam’ tea don’t get me wrong, but her’s won. There was only one of us enjoying a cocktail of the alcoholic nature that afternoon, it was me of course, so a virgin cocktail was rustled up without a bat of an eyelid for the designated driver among us. The Afternoon Tea as a whole was filling but not as filling as other Afternoon Tea’s I’ve tickled my taste buds through. I’m not complaining about this, it is merely an observation and is probably due to the lack of bread, again, not a complaint.
For more information and to details on how to book a table, visit The Fitzwilliam Hotel website here
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