Afternoon tea at Ballynahinch Castle

At Ballynahinch Castle, the focus is always on doing things as well as possible, and afternoon tea is no exception. A polished and considered experience to savour, afternoon tea at Ballynahinch Castle is both a traditional high tea and a very current showcase of Connemara’s finest products.

Head chef at Ballynahinch Castle, Ultan Cooke, has designed his menu with tradition in mind, using the best seasonal produce available. A combination of traditional finger sandwiches and signature open sandwiches, the afternoon tea menu at Ballynahinch Castle features egg and watercress on Irish soda bread; crayfish, dill, and cucumber on sourdough; coronation chicken on walnut and treacle loaf; and Connemara lamb with mint yogurt dressing on sourdough. Sweet treats include the perennial favourite scones, both plain and fruit, with a selection of homemade jams and clotted cream, along with rose and raspberry macaroons, berry tartlets with crème pâtissière, milk chocolate mousse, and mini Pavlova with seasonal fruits.

With the Ballynahinch signature black tea – a unique black tea blend containing locally foraged ingredients such as juniper berries, horsetail, and oat straw giving the blend a light and playful aromatic top note – afternoon tea is available every Saturday from 1.30pm to 4pm and costs €25 per person, €35 per person with a glass of prosecco, or €40 per person with a glass of champagne.

Contact Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, 095 31006, or see www.ballynahinchcastle.com

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