On Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited to the Fitzwilliam Hotel to experience their Late Afternoon Tea. The Fitzwilliam Hotel is located just at the top of Grafton Street, on St. Stephens Green. This was my first time in the Fitzwilliam and it was a pleasure. From the minute we entered, Gosia, our server for the afternoon looked after us so well.
After we were seated we were given a selection of six teas to choose from. Gosia talked us through each of the different teas and helped us decide which tea to pick based on our tastes. I had a delicious champagne & strawberry green tea whilst the boy choose Earl Grey, which were served to us in individual teapots.
Shortly after the tea arrived, Gosia brought over a large stand filled with all types of sweet & savoury goodies. Before we dove into the desserts, we began with the beautiful canape selection. Everything was a treat for the eyes and was so visually pleasing. So much effort was put into every little detail that the canapes and cakes looked like pure perfection. And they tasted just as good as they looked!
The canapes consisted of caviar blinis, langoustine and truffle wanton with lemon aioli, crab mayonnaise and tuna tartare cones. My personal favourite was the wanton which was so good I wanted more! One thing I really enjoyed about this Afternoon Tea is that is steps away from the very traditional (and boring) format of having sandwiches with tea, I really enjoyed the canapes and loved trying each and everyone. I also loved how fish based the menu was.
So after the canapes we got to the best bit of Afternoon Tea and the real reason people love Afternoon Tea, it was time for the sweets! Even though I was nice and full after the canapes, I made it my mission to taste each and every one. Luckily for me the boy hasn't got a sweet tooth so I could eat double! :) Yay for me! The sweets consisted of choux buns with peanut and salted caramel ganache, rhubarb jelly with a white chocolate mousse, mini scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam, a selection of macaroons, Vienna cake (delicious!) and chocolate and peanut cups (amazing!). I loved how the scones came with the cream and jam already on them. Again the attention to detail here was impressive! For the dessert, I decided to try the Pu-erh Peach and Kombucha tea which was really light and fruity and worked perfectly with the sweets.
After all of this scrumptious goodness you think it can't get any better but you get to finish off your Late Afternoon Tea with a cocktail. You can choose between the refreshing Cucumber Cup (made with Hendricks gin) or the deliciously decadent Nutella Martini (made with real Nutella). I cleverly asked the boy to order the Cucumber Cup whilst I ordered the Nutella Martini, so I could taste both! This was the icing on the cake of what is a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends, other half or family.
The Fitzwilliam has also launched a ‘Fashion Tour’ walking podcast. The podcast takes you on a sartorial adventure from South William Street, to George’s Arcade, Dame Street, and back along through the main shopping artery of Grafton Street; stopping at select boutiques and fashionable treasure troves. It includes a combination of Dublin’s fashion stalwarts and emerging designers, with various places to stop off and visit along the way.
The podcast http://www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com/fashion-podcast.html is free to download, across Stitcher, SoundCloud, and iTunes. It can be accessed by anyone interested in exploring Dublin’s style scene, and is not exclusive to guests staying in the hotel (yay!), although guests will receive a complimentary set of headphones to experience the podcast with.
Late Afternoon Tea can be booked on its own or is available as part of The Fitzwilliam TRENDING SUMMER Package which includes a one night stay-over for 2 people, breakfast on the morning of departure, as well as headphones for the Fashion Walking Tour Podcast, and Afternoon Tea from €299 per night.
Late Afternoon Tea costs €35pps and is available 7 days a week from 2-6 at The Fitzwilliam Hotel. Pre-booking is necessary and can be made by calling