Afternoon Tea at the Horse and Jockey

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Hello everyone! Last  week I went to the Horse and Jockey for afternoon tea! The Horse and Jockey is a Hotel in Tipperary about two minuets from where I grew up! I have so many fond memories of going there as child for Sunday lunch and was so excited when I heard they were serving afternoon tea (my favourite meal in case you havent guessed!).

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I think to have a truly wonderful afternoon tea it takes a combination of food, presentation, decor and general ambiance. It’s about creating an experience and The Horse and Jockey did just that! Jacquline Lanigan Ryan is their genius pastry chef who created the heavenly cakes, pastries and tarts for our tea. She also made my 21st birthday cake last year! Everything was fresh, beautifully presented and so delicious! We started with a  plate of sandwiches and the egg and cress were out of this world! Then on to fruit scones with cream, jam, butter and lemon curd (I’m getting hungry just thinking about it). And then as if I wasnt full enough there was the tier of pastries, cakes and tarts. My personal favourites were the chocolate and caramel tart, the plum and almond tart and the beautiful scones. Another big plus for me was the side of lemon curd that came with the jam and cream. I adore lemon curd and thought it was a nice touch! I found I was too full to finish everything so they very kindly put the rest in a box for a little midnight feast! I have had my fair share of afternoon tea before and I can honestly say the Horse and Jockey have knocked it out of the park. And if anyone needs further convincing its amazingly good value at 12 euro per person. It seriously doesn’t get better than that!

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My beautiful birthday cake made by the very talented Jacqueline Lanigan Ryan!

My beautiful birthday cake made by the very talented Jacqueline Lanigan Ryan!

I also thought it was worth mentioning that if afternoon tea isn’t your thing (you crazy people) or you are just too busy, they have a bakery when you can buy lots of fresh breads and cakes to take away with you! If you would like more details you can find them here!

Just before I go here is what I wore to tea!

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