Today we are back with some exciting news – the Radisson Blu, Galway are now doing a wonderful Afternoon Tea and we went along to get a taster and it was just delicious!
Afternoon Tea is served in the stylish, relaxing surroundings of the recently renovated Coopers Bar & Lounge at the hotel and the entire area of the hotel is more open and feels much fresher. They did an amazing job of making the space feel much slicker and it flows better through to the reception area as well – it no longer feels like it’s own stand alone bar area.
And onto the tea… well for starters the selection of tea available is just amazing and I would think that there is something to satisfy most taste buds. The selection goes from everybody’s favourite Irish Breakfast Tea to Earl Grey Darjeeling, Ginger Orange Chai and many more, along with speciality coffees if that is more your flavour. I actually went for a hot chocolate and it was delicious! 🙂
The presentation of the Afternoon tea itself is unlike what I am used to. Normally, Afternoon tea is served on a 3 stack cake style stand and you turn around the plates to see what treats are there. The Radisson version is served on an aesthetically pleasing Japanese-inspired cabinet and I think we all agreed that we preferred it! We could see everything on display and it felt a little more modern.
The actual food was plentiful and just plain delicious. There was as expected a selection of savory, sweet and pastry goodies to choose from. The savory treats use seasonal, locally sourced ingredients such as Burren smoked salmon with lime & ginger crème fraîche on brown soda bread, red pepper, courgette, tomato, black olive and Macroom mozzarella on focaccia, ham and Hegarty’s Cheddar on ciabatta, and a cute, dinky Kilner jar of potted crab with apple, coriander, lime and crème fraîche with Melba toast. No one could stop talking about how fresh the ingredients were which is always a great thing to hear.
The sweet/pastry treats were so luscious. They looked perfect and tasted the same – I especially liked the strawberry and elderflower custard tart. I won’t share every little detail with you – but it is nothing less than you would expect from a hotel such as the Radisson and you will not be disappointed.
My personal favourite of the afternoon was the lemon poppyseed scones – I cannot say enough about how absolutely scrumptious they were. I would go back for them alone!!
The Afternoon Tea is available from Wednesday to Sunday 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m and if you are looking for a treat for someone special, a way to mark a special occasion or just something fun to do for an afternoon then I would highly recommend booking and going along. The chef Adrian Bane and his team really pulled out all the stops when they were creating this. It is also quite reasonable at €22 per person, with the Processco option being €27 per person. You can book here if you are interested. I know that I will certainly be back as I think that my mum will just love it! 🙂
Nothing to declare – just sharing my experience of some scrumptious treats!