Having had a really delicious afternoon tea before in The Westin Hotel in Dublin and wanting to treat my husband for his birthday I saw they were offering a twist on the traditional afternoon tea, “A Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea” … with gin, how perfect! So off we set on a Monday into town for the day… a proper day off, no work, just fun times, starting with the afternoon tea.
The Westin Hotel building was a 19th century bank, on the corner of Westmoreland Street and College Green. It’s banking history is evident throughout the hotel with the Exchange Restaurant and The Mint Bar along with The Banking Hall for events…it’s a modern hotel in an old building. The Atrium Lounge is light and airy with a glass ceiling 5 floors up. It feels very far away from the hustle and bustle outside in the city and is a pretty ideal place to while away a couple of hours.
When we were arrived we were directed to a table in the corner of the Atrium, tucked away, which was nice to chat and look at all that was going on around us. There’s a choice of 2 afternoon teas – the traditional option or the peculiar – we of course had the peculiar. Take a look at the menu to see the options for yourself! Soon after ordering, a teapot and 2 teacups arrived. Inside the teapot is a very declicious Victorian Mojito cocktail – gin, apple juice, lime & mint. It did seem a bit odd at first sipping a cocktail from a teacup but soon got used to it and enjoyed it all (to the last drop!).
Afternoon Tea is served on the classic three tired stand, each black slate filled with delicious little bites. The waiter talked through each item, explaining what was on each level. The table beside us sat open mouthed in envy – so much so they actually apologized to us for doing it…it did look that good so I can’t blame them!
The food was spectacularly yummy – hard to pick a favourite…from the savoury section probably the prawn cocktail cone. The rest of the top level was a confit pork cheek, stilton and honey aioli, spiced roast beef wrap, smoked salmon, caviar and cream cheese blini and a tomato and olive tapenade with goats cheese and a bread stick. Next level down, the banana and walnut bread looked beautiful and according to husband it was – he ate 3 slices of it (not a banana fan myself hence none from me) – served with a honey butter.
Onto the sweet things! Of the desserts I was wowed by the popcorn panna cotta – who would have thought – loved it! I really like the mix of sweet and salty so for me this was perfection. I’d like it now, for breakfast!! The rest of this gorgeous plate of loveliness – tarragon cookie with white chocolate and lime, almond frangipane tart and a chocolate and caramel seasalt brownie…
And to finish yummy little marshmallows with popping candy, a cute burst of fizziness on your tongue. Fun to eat and the perfect way to end!
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The Westin’s Atrium Lounge for Afternoon Tea. The most peculiar afternoon tea is €26 per person – pretty reasonable for a city centre hotel for a couple of hours tucked away from the world indulging yourself.