Taking a trip to Wexford is almost like a pilgrimage to me. This county holds so many wonderful childhood memories, and when I visit it almost feels like I’m returning to my second home. During a recent visit to this beautiful corner of our country, I stopped by the four-star Ferrycarrig Hotel. I visited the hotel last year for an overnight stay, and a return visit was most certainly on the cards.
Afternoon tea is a favourite pastime of mine, containing some of my most beloved things; bread, cakes, scones covered in cream and lots of tea! It can be a little pricey in places and sometimes the food is bought in and prettily served to appease diners. Well, that’s not the case at the Ferrycarrig.
Everything on our colourful tea stand was either homemade or sourced from local suppliers, and you can tell! The quality of our Ferrycarrig afternoon tea was second to none and cost just €25 per person, which is incredible value for what you are served.
Ferrycarrig’s afternoon tea is served in the newly refurbished lounge, in front of a cosy fire. We loved the intimate atmosphere and spent our time in complete relaxation as we indulged ourselves. Can you see now why afternoon tea is a beloved pastime of mine?
The bottom tier of our tea was a selection of different savoury sandwiches; Meyler’s Smoked Salmon served on Ferrycarrig’s homemade Guinness Bread; the afternoon tea classic of Cucumber and Egg Mayonnaise; locally sourced Pat O’Neill’s Baked Ham with Wexford Cheddar and Pickle, as well as a rich chicken liver paté on brown bread (something I haven’t seen at afternoon tea before, but a welcome luxurious treat).
The next tier on our stand was perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Complete with four different cakes, we struggled to pick which we would try first. The Fresh Fruit Tart with Creme Patissiere was my favourite. The creaminess of the creme patisserie, mixed with the sweetness of fresh strawberries and kiwis made for a decadent bite.
The Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie was baked to perfection. A pretty slice of buttery pastry filled with a tart lemon curd, that was just sharp enough and was balanced by meringue that was lightly graced with a crisp topping.
Usually, fruit cake wouldn’t be top of my list, however, Ferrycarrig’s Traditional Boiled Fruit Cake was an exception. Full of flavour and not one bit dry, it came with a sprinkling of flaked almonds and was swiftly devoured.
Of course, no afternoon tea is complete without Freshly Baked Scones. Wrapped in a crisp white cloth to keep them nice and warm, they were served with Wexford Raspberry Preserve, Lemon Curd and Clotted Cream. Having scones always reminds me of my childhood holidays to Wexford, where myself, my mam and my grandma would head out for big pots of tea and scones, covered with lashings of butter and cream. Relaxing in Ferrycarrig and generously smothering my scones with the delicious preserves took me right back to my younger days, and it was such a lovely moment.
As I said before, afternoon tea these days isn’t always cheap, but here at Ferrycarrig, it’s an absolute steal! If you’re passing by, or in the area, I would more than recommend a visit to Ferrycarrig for afternoon tea. It’s a lovely way to spend a couple of hours with your family or friends, and just sit back and watch the world go by. If you fancy making your Ferrycarrig afternoon tea experience even more special add a glass of prosecco for just €8.50. For an indulgent treat that will leave you feeling renewed, Ferrycarrig afternoon tea is a must!
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REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH