Co worker and myself purchased Afternoon tea via an Irish 'discount special offer' website at Kettles. The hotel looked nice from outside and we went into the lounge where we believed Afternoon Tea was being served. Two ladies with a 3 tier cake plate on their table were just finishing and we felt we were in the right place. The place was quiet with family gathering and a waiter and waitress were serving. The waitress came over and asked if we were there for tea - she saw the voucher we had brought. She enquired if we wanted an Irish Coffee, tea or coffee. We opted for tea, although the Irish Coffee did come with the deal. The waitress took the voucher and returned shortly with white cups and saucers and milk and sugar and little side plates and napkins. She then brought over a stainless steel tea pot containing enough tea for two cups each and a three tier cake plate. The lower tier contained triangle sandwiches, all made up of either roast beef or chicken, some with a bit of lettuce and some with a bit of cranberry sauce. The portion was good generous - there were enough triangles for 3 persons and we were very hungry - so a nice treat.
The middle tier contained two small squares of what appeared to be chocolate chip cheese cake and 2 small squares of apple tart. The top tier contained 2 very small scones with one small dish of whipped cream and one small dish of preserves. The sandwiches were freshly prepared. The cheesecakes and apple tarts were fresh also and the scones, while dry inside (probably because of their size) were tasty with the cream and preserves.
Our verdict? Good value, enjoyable tea with sandwiches! However as per the photo that Kettles provided to the deals site - we should have really had 3 cakes each and the scones could be bigger - I would have paid more just for this change. Kettles would win over alot of people if they used an inexpensive white china teapot when serving tea - not a stainless steel pot (which looks drab and takes away from the 'fun formality'.
The waitress who served us was pleasant and professional and the aptmosphere was good - so all in all - 8 points out of 10 and we will be back! We ordered another pot of coffee before leaving which was @€4.00 - good value in itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kettle's Country House Hotel located just outside the lively town of Swords is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings or simply just to relax. Just minutes from Dublin airport, the Country House Hotel has 25 stylish and comfortable bedrooms all designed to incorporate the highest level of technology available while maintaining the homely atmosphere that we are famous for. ... more less
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- Kettles Country House Hotel Swords, County Dublin, Ireland