Afternoon Tea at Powerscourt Hotel is served from 2:30pm to 5pm.
The Afternoon Tea experience at the Powerscourt Hotel truly begins as you drive in the gate. The location is stunning, set overlooking the sugarloaf mountain, the view at the Powerscourt Hotel could not be more picturesque. A sense of luxury begins upon entering the foyer - a grand room with beautiful chandeliers. Afternoon tea is served overlooking the stunning gardens and the Wicklow mountains.
We arrived early on the day of the review as we had not booked so we were lucky to get the last table available for the 2.30pm seating. We would definitely recommend booking in advance.
We were escorted to our table by our friendly and dedicated waiter - Carlos - who was very attentive throughout the afternoon, we couldn't have asked for better service. As we poured over the menu excitedly, he explained to us that the teas and coffees were unlimited so we decided to start our indulgent afternoon with a round of hot chocolates (delicious) while we waited for the 2.30 service to begin.
Soon the first course arrived at the table - savoury sandwiches and sweet scones. The scones were delicious; warm and a perfect texture, with a fruit and plain scone for each of us. The scones were served with butter, raspberry jam, clotted cream and lemon curd.
The sandwiches were made with a wide selection of breads, but be aware there are no gluten free options on offer. The selection of sandwiches was good, if a little typical of afternoon tea - chicken, salmon and egg mayonnaise. Although all were tasty, the egg mayonnaise was somewhat lacking in flavour and could be reconsidered.
While we were enjoying this course, Carlos encouraged us to try some of the unique teas on offer - see image for full selection - he recommended his favourites; Raspberry Nectar, African Solstice and White Ginger Lemongrass. Now I have to admit, I'm not normally a tea person, but as were called afternoonTEA girls, I thought that there would be no better place than the Powerscourt Hotel to delve into the world of teas, and I have to say the selection of teas did not disappoint.
Following the very enjoyable scones and sandwiches, we moved onto the desserts. Unlike at most Afternoon Teas, the desserts where served separately. A very tempting trolley of beautiful looking sweet treats were wheeled to our table. There was a selection of 6 desserts and each person was invited to choose two. While we imagine that the desserts change on a daily basis, we had the opportunity to choose between the following: Pistachio pavlova, White chocolate and raspberry slice, Baileys cheesecake, Cherry trifle, Chocolate and white chocolate mouse and a Chocolate crunch. As there was three of us at Afternoon Tea, we were lucky enough to try all six. All options were delicious and the wide variety meant that all of our dessert tastes were satisfied - from my chocolate love to my sister's love of fruit.
Overall we felt the Afternoon Tea at the Powerscourt Hotel is not to be missed - the location is breath-taking, the food fantastic, the tea selection is unique and the staff is very welcoming and attentive.
You could come just for the scenery alone, so allow some time for a walk in the gardens to make a great day out. We would definitely recommend!
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is visible across the valley, between the tall elegant beech trees. The avenue slopes down, through woodland, before revealing the Palladian elegance of Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, with its breathtaking views.
Located on the famous Powerscourt Estate, one of Ireland's finest estates, with its historic house, beautifully manicured garden and its waterfall, the highest in Ireland, you may be just half an hour from Dublin but it could be a million miles away. (words taken from website www.powerscourthotel.com)