I am not a shopper. In fact, it’s fair to say I hate shopping unless I’m buying food or browsing through market stalls in the freezing cold. No thank you very much – crowded, stuffy shops filled with clothes that will be “so last year” before next year, ain’t my cup of tea (my daughters totally disagree, but that’s another story). It’s fair to say I’d much rather be having afternoon tea. Even if you do like to shop it’s tiring… right? And if you are fond of shopping in the Jervis St area, read on, for I have found a perfect little afternoon tea gem.
Situated overlooking the river Liffey, and only minutes from the Jervis Centre, the Morrison Hotel is a lovely spot for afternoon tea. I have had the pleasure of afternoon tea here twice recently, once for my daughter’s 12th birthday party earlier in the month and just last week with Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell for a good old catch up. (you know Rosanne from her Like Mam Used To Bake book and blog?).
Pastry Chef Paul Fleming (formerly of Killashee House Hotel) has created an afternoon tea which is both traditional and innovative. The savouries are varied and delicious. Mrs LikeMamUsedToBake is expecting her first baby later in the year, so I had to have her smoked salmon on brown bread (I know, I know, I’m such a good friend!).
It probably wasn’t fair to bring one of Ireland’s baking queens to try the scones at the Morrison, but fair play to Paul, Rosanne was most impressed with the lightness and texture of the scones.
And then came the sweet treats – little blueberry bakewell tarts, macarons, lemon drizzle cake, mini raspberry muffins, banoffi pots and mango pannacotta pots. Oh my!
And the great news is that this afternoon tea is excellent value at €19 per person. So if you must put yourself through the stresses and strains of shopping, treat yourself to afternoon tea at the Morrison – tell them I sent you!
To book afternoon tea at the Morrison Hotel phone: 01 8872400