“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour
devoted to the ceremony known as
I always need to devote a lot more than an hour to afternoon tea. The ritual of savoury followed by sweet accompanied by a lovely pot of tea lends itself to great conversation and time just flies..
I’m not alone in thinking this. When I decided to organize an afternoon tea in Ariel House recently it booked out immediately.
Afternoon tea is a social occasion that gets people sitting down together and talking.
I love it.
Paul Fleming is the Head Pastry Chef at Killashee House, a four star luxury hotel situated just outside Naas in Co Kildare. I met Paul shortly after I moved to Carlow when he came to work for myself and Eamonn. He was just a young whipper snapper with a notion of becoming a Chef. We had no doubt that if he set his mind to becoming a Chef, he would succeed. And succeed he did. Over the years we watched him work and train and blossom into not only a fine young man, but a very talented pastry chef. I am so incredibly proud of him.
I had the pleasure of enjoying afternoon tea prepared by Paul yesterday. With two good friends accompanying me, we didn’t notice the hours slip away as became engrossed in delicious food and great conversation.
We kickstarted our afternoon with a glass of champagne and a plate of savories – onion bread, sourdough bread and homemade brown bread topped with goodies like oak smoked Irish salmon, honey baked ham and egg with lemon mayonnaise. Delicious.
Then we all enjoyed a freshly baked scone with cream and jam.
The sweetness continued with finger pastries and cakes that included delights such as Bailey’s marble cheesecake, vanilla and raspberry panna cotta, macarons, lemon drizzle cake, carrot and walnut cake and mango and passion fruit mousse.
We had such a lovely time and I was delighted that my friends were so impressed with Paul’s work. It was excellent (the only thing missing for me was the old china teacup and saucer – call me a stickler but that would have been just perfect..).
Afternoon tea at Killashee House Hotel offers excellent value for money – go on, treat yourself!
In other news, I’m very excited to be judging Goodalls “Best Scone” competition tomorrow. The ten finalists from all over the country will be in attendance in the Merrion Hotel and I will be one of the judges who has the (ahem) tough job of tasting all the scones. Best of luck to all the finalists.
* Afternoon tea at Killashee costs €15 per person (if you opt for a glass of champagne it is €20)
* Booking in advance is advisable.“Food from an Irish Garden” by Fiona Dillon in bookstores nationwide DISCLOSURE: I was under no obligation nor was I paid to write this review.