On Sunday a friend of mine and I decided to treat ourselves to some afternoon tea in the Castle Dargan Hotel in Co. Sligo. The weather is horrendous lately, so there was no better way to spend it indoors by the fire with some treats.
Castle Dargan is a Golf as well as a Wellness hotel only 10 mins located from Sligo’s city centre. This was actually my first experience dining with them. I have been to a wedding fair a few years ago as an option for venue for our wedding but also to find out about different suppliers. The hotel is quite spacious and has a lovely and cosy style to it. I do find the lounge we were seated in, could have done with some more lighting because it was so dark outside.
Once we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by one of the staff member at the receptionist desk. We were sent to the Midleton bar where the afternoon tea took place. But we were then sent into the Coach House Lounge only for the reason they though we reserved an area for 2 people to have afternoon tea which was not the case. So we took somebody else’s place but they setup another one for the other couple. I wasn’t too sure whether I should book this in advance or not as it only says “booking is advised” on their website.
Shortly after they served us a tea pot full of tea. The dishes were pretty, very old/vintage style.
While we were chatting away with a cup of tea, they were preparing our 3 tier stand full of delicious foods.
We were really impressed with the selection of foods they put on the stand. We started with the bottom part which was a selection of sandwiches, for example chicken, egg mayonnaise and ham and cheese and also some brown bread with smoked salmon. I was a big of fan of that.
The second level then was the sweet shtuff. I started off with a scone and strawberry jam. Then we made our way through the profiteroles, brownie, what we believe was sticky toffee pudding and cheesecake. There was also some sort of custard on it, really filling though.
Finally we managed to get to the top part. A slice of lemon tart, a meringue with some whipped cream and apple on top and we finished all off some whipped cream and strawberries.
You can probably tell by the amount of food there how stuffed we were after. But it was a lovely experience and we are looking forward to the next afternoon tea in a different location.