2 options: "Traditional" and "Most Peculiar"
Arriving at the Westin Hotel for afternoon tea feels a slightly unusual proposition. The pretty gardens and quaint decor usually associated with afternoon tea is replaced by the hustle and bustle of Dublin city centre, and it seems hard to imagine that this will be a relaxing occasion.
However, the Westin truly offers something special. Tucked away behind the main reception is a high ceilinged haven, where afternoon tea is served. It is slightly odd as the lifts which lead to the bedrooms also stop here so there are a few guests wandering around looking a little confused, but overall it is an interesting space to have in the city centre. If you are looking for a garden tea though, you won't find it here!
We ordered one each of the options, Traditional and Most Peculiar. I was warned by the waitress that the Peculiar comes with a tea pot of victoria Mojito cocktail rather than tea, but I was delighted to hear this!
Firstly, the presentation is fantastic, and particularly adventurous in the Peculiar option, with savoury ice cream cones filled with prawn cocktail and slate tiles as plates, giving a contemporary feel.
The sandwiches tasted amazing, with the traditional option holding up to the peculiar. Extra effort seems to have been made to the traditional to elevate the flavours, while the peculiar offered unusual flavours which were very enjoyable.
The scones were traditional, and tasty. They could, however, be improved by serving them warm. The clotted cream was a welcome change from the usual whipped cream and tasted delicious. The carrot cake served alongside the scones was nice but slightly heavy on spices.
The pastries served were apple and almond. Opinions on this will vary dependant on personal taste, but regardless, the pastry was beautifully textured and very light. There was a lovely surprise in the macaroons, which had real fruit inside. Panacotta full of the fresh taste of berries was also particularly lovely.
The cocktail was served in a large Hendricks tea pot and was spectacular. The service was good, although there were some periods where we had to wait slightly longer than usual.
In terms of price, the winner is the Peculiar, which costs €30 and includes the fantastic cocktail, and a truly unusual array of flavours. Overall, we would rate the Traditional at 3/5 and the Peculiar at 4/5.
The Westin Dublin is a luxury 5 star Dublin City hotel, located right in the heart of Dublin. They are located directly opposite Trinity College, just minutes away from Grafton Street shopping and the River Liffey.
Behind the historic 19th century facade of the hotel, Their Unique dining options such as The Atrium Lounge and The Mint Bar, offer satisfying meals and nourishing Superfoods to help our guests to re-energise. (words taken from website www.thewestindublin.com)