With two of my favourite food blogging friends, Kate from Kate’s Kabin and Nollaig from Fascination Food, we met for afternoon tea in The Heritage, Killenard recently. A very enjoyable afternoon ensued, with delicious treats (including that gorgeous lemon tart), tea, coffee and lots of chat!
Afternoon tea is served in the lobby lounge, just to the left of the reception as you enter the hotel. While it is called a lobby lounge, you don’t feel like you are sitting right in the hustle and bustle of a busy hotel lobby. It’s set apart, and is a lovely space in which to enjoy your afternoon tea. Served each day between 1pm and 5pm and at €25 per person, The Heritage’s afternoon tea offering is really lovely.
With sandwiches to start delivered on white platters, the selection included, smoked salmon on homemade brown bread, egg mayonnaise with red onion marmalade on brioche, ham hock pate with a cranberry relish on sundried tomato bread and Irish rarebit with mature Irish white cheddar on Guinness bread.
The egg mayo was definitely my favourite; I love a good egg mayo sandwich in an afternoon tea. The sandwiches were open style and quite small, but there was more available and we took them up on the offer for another round. I can’t help but feel though I prefer the more traditional style of sandwiches with a bread top and bottom!
After a few more sandwiches came the cakes, desserts and scones…3 tiers of delectable sweet treats – Lemon tarts, Macaroons, Chocolate Cheesecake, Banana bread, Praline Choux and a selection of homemade fruit & plain scones served with clotted cream and jam (I seem to have omitted to photograph the scones – oops!)
The scones were very delicious and a highlight for me – with a dollop of clotted cream and raspberry jam, Mmmm!
Of the sweet things, I loved the lemon tart – so sharp in flavour with a perfect pastry base. The praline choux while looking gorgeous was very sweet, almost too sweet. The Chocolate cheesecake was very rich and decadent (and a little hard to get into in that jar) but delicious!
Feeling pretty full, I brought home some of the other desserts for my husband to enjoy. The Heritage’s afternoon tea is a lovely experience, it’s not too formal but feels like a little treat and at €25 is good value too for what you get. It’s not too far from Dublin for a little day trip, and is a great spot to while away a few hours with nice food and company.
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