Friday, September 26, 2014

Traditional Afternoon Tea At Castlemartyr Resort ♥

For ages now I've wanted to go for afternoon tea with Jacek, in fact, we had planned to go for afternoon tea on Valentine's Day 2013, the day our son was due but Jacek had to work and I went into labour so that was the end of that! So for our anniversary this year, which was on the 24th, Jacek promised to take me to the beautiful Castlemartyr Resort for afternoon tea and it finally happened! It was such a lovely experience and I just had to share on the blog, mostly for my own memories but also to show you all just how wonderful this place is and to have you all swooning over the delicious food. I warn you, this is a picture heavy post and you may become quite hungry reading it!
 We were escorted into the beautifully decorated Bell Tower restaurant and were waited on hand and foot by the friendliest staff I've encountered in a long time, honestly the customer service is top notch. The Lady Fitzgerald's Afternoon Tea is a set menu but you get to choose your choice of tea from a large selection, we were able to smell the tea and have a look at each one before we chose. I don't drink tea so I was happy to give Jacek my selection too. He chose the Moroccan Mint tea and the Irish Whiskey Cream tea, the scent of both was unreal. I ordered a glass of pink champagne which was such a treat for me, it was so amazing that I had to order a second glass after I finished my first, it was a celebration after all.

 We were first served the 'Sweet Start', a buttermilk panna cotta with honeycomb, freshly diced strawberries, a strawberry consumé and basil cress. It was served it a little glass cup and saucer and it was delicious. I'm a big fan of panna cotta and this was one of the best I've ever had. I loved the taste of the crunchy honeycomb combined with the soft and delicate panna cotta, it was seriously yummy.

 We were then given the show stopper of the afternoon tea - the three tier selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, scones, banana bread fingers, lemon and poppy seed fingers and a selection of indulgent treats created by the pastry chef which included Swiss roll slices, macaroons, eclairs and a chocolate liqueur mousse which was also served in a little glass cup accompanied by a custard and raspberry filled cone. This three tiered selection really was amazing to look at and for me, was the best part of the afternoon tea.

We worked our way through the gorgeous selection of treats on offer, my favourites being the chicken, rocket and wholegrain mustard sandwiches on multi-grain bread, the scones with clotted cream and strawberry and prosecco jam and the banana bread fingers. Jacek thoroughly enjoyed his tea, finishing five cups in the hour and a half that we were seated for and he really loved the lemon and poppy seed fingers.

Jacek and I loved our traditional afternoon experience, we were very full, happy customers at the end of it all and we will hopefully visit Castlemartyr Resort again in the near future. I'm so happy we finally went there and were able to celebrate our third anniversary in style! I couldn't have imagined a better way to celebrate than some gorgeous treats in a beautiful setting with the one you love.

 Castlemartyr Resort's Lady Fitzgerald's Afternoon tea is €29 per person and is most definitely worth every penny. You can read more about it and find booking information on the Castlemartyr Resort website.
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  1. I took my mum for afternoon tea this year for the first time. We both loved it. Needs to be done every so often I think! Gorgeous couple too.

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  2. Oh Fiona, that look wonderful, so fancy! I'd love to visit a place like that sometime & enjoy my afternoon tea in great company.
    xo, Luchessa.
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    1. Everything was so delicious Luchessa, I highly recommend that you go for afternoon tea sometime x

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  3. Afternoon tea is my all time favourite past time! :) this looks spectacular!

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    1. It was amazing Kelly. What a fab pastime to have!

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  4. OOoh that all looks so good and such fabulous photos too. Am a tad jealous.

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  5. That looks like so much fun! I am not a tea drinker really but I would have tried all the deliscious food!
    I love how you celebrated your anniversary by doing this so cute and defiantly in style!

    xoxo
    Brooke

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    1. It was SO much fun! I don't drink tea either but I really enjoyed the food... and the champagne! :) x

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  6. I love everything!!!! The food makes me want to eat haha

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  7. This looks amazing and yes, you were right - I am drooling over the pics ! :)

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  8. That looks lovely and I am STARVING and so jealous!

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  9. Beautiful! The three tiered tray of desserts and little bites is such a neat presentation! Looks like a the perfect place for a lovely afternoon tea!

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  10. This looks like a great romantic afternoon!

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  11. Of all the times I went to England and Ireland I never once did go into a fancy restaurant for a cuppa afternoon tea. Guess I'll have to go back! ;)

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  12. what a lovely experience! I've never done traditional Brit teatime, but it looks delicious!

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  13. What a wonderfully unique date idea! Love having tea with friends so I know I would love this place.

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  14. Oh my gosh this looks so romantic and fun! I've never done something like this, I'd love to experience it one day.

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  15. What a cute little romantic place! I spy my FAVORITE thing ever: macaroons <3

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  16. This is so cool! You're right, it totally made me hungry! Love those bright macaroons

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  17. This place looks gorgeous, I love the decor! And the food looks amazing.

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  18. Wow. I love tea and the servings absolutely look delicious. I'd love to try them all!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  19. Oh, wow this looks like so much fun! I've never really considering going for "tea" like this but I'm not sure why because it looks like so much fun!

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  20. How lovely! I have been to tea a couple of times and love how decadent it makes one feel :-) The menu looks absolutely wonderful! I think tea would turn into a meal, LOL

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  21. Can I go? That looks absolutely amazing.

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  22. Great place... I like the ambience and the old world feel about it.. everything looks very royal... and great photos!

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  23. Lovely pictures and yes, am now carving for my afternoon tea! If you should ever be singapore babe, you must try the afternoon tea sets at Fullerton or Regent hotels - both are amazing too!

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  24. Awesome and classy afernoon tea for both of you. It seems that you enjoyed your stay at the resort. The food looks yummy all the way.

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  25. This tea looks fantastic! What a cute date idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. umm hello! does this look amazing or what?! Now I have the late night munchies haha

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  27. It is after 9:00 pm and I am officially hungry! The Castlemartyr looks amazing. It is so important to find that time to spend together-without kids- just to enjoy each other, and yummy food always helps.

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  28. Such a pretty and elegant afternoon tea. Your photos made me hungry!

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  29. The photos tell it all, awesome afternoon tea treat for both of you.

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  30. No wonder you wanted to go for afternoon tea so bad! What a beautiful place and your article and stunning photos show it off really well. Nice post if only we all had so elegant near by for tea and scones. Thanks for sharing Stephen

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  31. This looks like such a delicious afternoon tea, I really want a scone now ;) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin and GFC, if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. What a gorgeous place! Looks like a nice relaxing afternoon!

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  33. Looks like so much fun! ^_^ I love it!

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  34. Good way to relax and cleanse in the afternoon. Such a nice and cozy place.-KarenT

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  35. This looks like a beautiful resort! All of those desserts are making my mouth water!

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  36. This looks like a really relaxing place for tea. It has a homey ambiance and a really good view.

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  37. This looks like SO much fun! I'm so jealous! And it looks so nice and fancy too!!

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  38. I will be sleeping the whole afternoon If I were on that resort. It looks so relaxing

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  39. Yum! I love a traditional afternoon tea. Looks so yummy.

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  40. I LOVE traditional afternoon tea. The photos are gorgeous! In Malaysia, we can get good tea and scones at Cameron Highlands, Pahang and at Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur

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  41. This looks so lovely! I used to own a tea cafe and would love having guests for our afternoon tea! So much fun!

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  42. I have never done the tea experience, it is definitely something I want to do at least once in my lifetime!

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  43. This looks like such a gorgeously indulgent afternoon. Sounds like my perfect anniversary treat. I love afternoon tea. It's genuinely my favourite meal of the day! ESPECIALLY topped with a glass of crisp champagne!

    Katie <3

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  44. oh my gosh that looks adorable!! I've never gone anywhere for afternoon tea... this makes me want to!

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  45. I've been dying to go for tea! There is a place by us that does this same thing! Your pictures were beautiful, and looks like you had such a nice time!

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  46. This all looks so beautiful and delicious. I've never been to 'tea' before but have always wanted to go.

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  47. I really want to go for afternoon tea some day too with just me and the hubby. O briens do it but it would be so much nicer in a hotel.

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