I am very lucky to have a group of friends who like indulging as i do, being British, nothing beats a good cup of tea and tiers of tempting treats so when friends invited me down to Cork and mentioned they had booked afternoon tea at the Hayfield Manor Hotel, I squealed with excitement. I had heard great things about the place and of course the award winning afternoon tea, I was excited to try.
Nestled in a leafy, private walled garden, the hotel has the charm of a country house but is located only a mile from the centre of Cork. The hotel is truly beautiful and lives up to its 5* rating.
We were seated in the Orchids Restaurant overlooking the pretty private gardens. The room felt truly elegant, tables were laid with white linen, fine china and silverware whilst subtle notes from the classical piano made for a perfect atmosphere.
We all chose the Traditional Afternoon tea option (€32), as we waited for our hot drinks to arrive we greeted with a plate of homemade chocolates and juices. The chocolates were lovely and rich and the juice was cool and refreshing. It was a great start.
We were then presented with two stands of mouthwatering treats, we didnt know were to start, there was so much food. We chatted and ate through each of the layers taking time to stop and enjoy our pots of tea and freshly brewed coffee.
The food seemed neverending, everything tasted extremely fresh and delicious.
My favourite layer had to be the selection of homemade teabreads and warm scones with clotted cream and jam (the Devonshire way of course), each mouthful was heavenly. We left with our bellies full and happy to have had such a relaxing afternoon.
Everything was exquisitely presented and the staff were friendly and attentive. I've had a number of afternoon teas in Ireland and this rates highly, I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion or a girlie afternoon with friends.
Have you ever been to the Hayfield Manor for afternoon tea?
The Hayfield Manor