Today I have a real treat for you, Afternoon Tea at The Atrium Lounge from a trip to Dublin last year.
I have to confess that I am a bit of an Afternoon Tea connoisseur, the indulgence is becoming more than an occasional treat these days. And each time I say that I have found a new favourite for the list….
…well this time I most certainly have.
In February last year I went with a group of friends for a long weekend in Dublin. Afternoon tea at The Atrium Lounge was a final treat for us all on the day that we flew home, and boy am I glad we went.
The hotel was sumptuous, stylish and sophisticated. The décor was decadent with colour pop furniture, and afternoon tea was served in an atrium in the centre of the hotel.
It was like being outside, inside the hotel with room balconies overlooking the coffee tables. The atrium set-up meant that the room was very light and inviting, despite the grey skies outside.
We were seated on a beautiful pink sofa and invited to choose between ‘a most peculiar afternoon tea’ and a traditional options. Our party was split 50/50. Waverley and I opted for the peculiar alternative whilst Dani and Lisa chose to go traditional.
The peculiar take on afternoon tea was in fact quite wonderful as far as I was concerned – a mixture of unique savoury canapés, and unique sweet treats and cakes.
Not only that, but it even catered for my weird non-tea drinking habits – including a refreshing gin cocktail with a mojito twist, served in a teapot with tea cups so that for once I felt quite the part.
The food was truly exceptional. There was a prawn cocktail in a cone, goats cheese and tapenade in a jar and delicious mouthful of pork.
Then followed panacotta with delicious popcorn, delicate marshmallows with popping candy and a fantastically moist banana loaf with honey sauce on top.
It all tantalised my taste buds; I loved every single morsel and would certainly head back there in a shot.
The traditional tea-ers were equally as happy with their selections, with scones that melted in the mouth, delicate macaroons and delicious tarts.
The great thing about this tasty selection is that it offered something unique – some people say when you have had one afternoon tea you have had them all. I certainly don’t think that is the case after eating my way through many different offerings, but the unique twist on afternoon tea that The Atrium Lounge offers will certainly stick in my mind for a long time.