I love afternoon tea.
China cups, bite size savouries and elegant sweet treats – it really is one of my favourite things. It reminds me of my grandmother Stella, who like me, was quite fond of her china cups and cream cakes. My friend Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell (author of Like Mam Used To Bake) is also a fan and some months ago we enjoyed the delights of afternoon tea at Ariel House in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Months later I’m still dreaming about it….
It was so good that Rosanne and I decided to host an Authors Afternoon Tea just before Christmas for our friends and fellow bloggers to introduce them to the gem that is Ariel House.
While Rosanne and I signed our books and chatted at the event, guests were treated to Prosecco and a range of delightful bites from the afternoon tea menu.
We had a ball.
This time I stayed there too. Folks, find a reason to spend a night in the city and stay at Ariel House (it’s right beside the Aviva Stadium). Do it for the award-winning breakfast alone. It is superb.
What really stands out for me is the level of service. Whether you pop in for a coffee or you are enjoying this Victorian styled guesthouse for your wedding reception, the level of service is the same – outstanding every time. And that’s what makes it really special.
The salmon, the cheese – all from Irish artisan producers and the best that Ireland has to offer. Spoken like a true Pride of Ireland winner I know…..!
So you’ve no excuse now when it comes to that exceptional birthday or Valentine gift for someone special.
I was a guest of Ariel House on both occasions. I was not under any obligation to write a blogpost (positive or otherwise) about my visits. I have chosen to write this post because I believe that Ariel House has something extraordinary to offer both in terms of food and service. Check it out!