Fresh, locally sourced strawberries and raspberries are the central feature of a new afternoon tea launched at the Metropole Hotel in Cork city.
The summer-themed menu is made up of sweet and savoury bites and treats using the very best local produce including award-winning strawberries from west Cork grower David Bushby.
The afternoon tea includes raspberry and white chocolate mille-feuille tartlet; west Cork strawberries and Victoria sponge cake; warm Ardsallagh goat’s cheese, leek and herb tartlet; and poached prawn and salmon on Edward Buckley soda bread.
Guests will be treated to a Móinéir bramble cocktail and a summer berry Eton Mess served in a china cup on arrival. The cocktail is made using Móinéir Irish Strawberry Wine, which is created from handpicked Irish strawberries, along with Maharani gin supplied by Rebel City Distillery, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade syrup served in a small stemmed wine glass.
The new Afternoon Tea will be served throughout the summer on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm and is priced at €40 per person.
General Manager of The Metropole Hotel, Roger Russell said; “We place a great emphasis on locally sourced produce in the Metropole Hotel and we wanted to ensure that our new afternoon tea gives guests the best of what Cork has to offer. Strawberries and raspberries are strongly associated with summertime so our chefs have used the finest Cork berries to make some really exciting treats that we hope visitors and locals will enjoy over the coming months.”
On the menu is:
Raspberry and white chocolate mille-feuille tartlet
West Cork strawberries and Victoria sponge cake
Blackberry and chocolate cheesecake
Lemon and lavender posset with marinated blueberries
Freshly baked scones with lemon curd, strawberry preserve, Irish salted butter and fresh cream
Lemon drizzle cake
Warm Ardsallagh goat’s cheese, leek and herb tartlet
Egg, bacon and mustard mayonnaise brioche
Poached prawn and salmon on Edward Buckley soda bread
Cucumber, mint and crème fraiche on granary bread
Reservations can be made online www.themetropolehotel.ie