My afternoon tea obsession is well documented at this stage with recent outings including the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Ashford Castle in Mayo and even Father Ted’s House in Clare. So when we found ourselves in the vicinity of the stunning 5 star Dromoland Castle in Clare there was nothing else for it, we had to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea!
We knew we were in for a treat as we entered the magnificent grounds of Dromoland and the stunning castle came into view. The inside of the castle is like stepping back in time, it’s old world and traditional with lots of nooks and crannies to explore.
Afternoon Tea is served in both the Gallery lounge area and the Cocktail Bar and, being the cocktail lovers that we are, we decided on the Cocktail Bar. It was an excellent choice! The Cocktail Bar is a cosy, intimate space with a roaring fire and the soothing sounds of cocktails being shaken resonate in the background. We were offered a lovely window seat looking out on the rolling grounds of the Castle and we even spied some old style pony and traps passing by. Bliss!
Both afternoon tea and a casual dining menu are served in the afternoon and I love having the choice to order a mix of foods. Everything sounded delicious and, after some deliberation, we chose Mrs White’s traditional afternoon tea and Irish smoked salmon on brown bread.
Given that we were in the cocktail bar obviously we had to sample some of the cocktails on offer and decided on a Cosmopolitan for me and a whiskey sour for the husband.
Afternoon tea consisted of the traditional selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes and sweet treats. The five finger sandwiches were filled with smoked salmon, ham, chicken, egg and cucumber and were accompanied by two warm fruit scones with jam and cream. The sweet tier included fruit cake, a pistachio and almond sponge and a lemon curd.
The afternoon tea was excellent and everything in the 3 tiers was delicious. The locally sourced smoked salmon was exceptional as was the traditional Irish brown bread on which it sat.
We were in the Cocktail Bar, it would be rude not to sample! The cocktails were well made and tasty and Dromoland Castle can definitely hold its own in the cocktail department.
The grounds of the Castle are beautifully manicured and a post afternoon tea meander is a real treat. There are lots of little gems scattered throughout the grounds and we especially enjoyed the lily pond and the walled gardens. We were even lucky enough to catch sight of a stunning hawk from the Dromoland School of Falconary.
We had a lovely afternoon at Dromoland Castle. From the moment we entered the grounds the old world charm was evident and it felt like we were stepping back in time. The food and drinks were excellent quality and the Cocktail Bar is a gorgeous little corner of the hotel to relax in. The wonderful grounds are an added bonus!
Address: Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland
Website: Dromoland Caslte
Afternoon Tea: Mrs White’s traditional afternoon tea is served between 3pm and 5pm