Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Blogtober Day 17 - Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Galgorm Hotel & Spa!


On Sunday, a few friends (including Sarah-Louise from Sarah-Louise Writes!) went for Afternoon Tea in the Galgorm Hotel. But this was no ordinary afternoon tea, no. This was Chocolate afternoon tea!


Oh, chocolate, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Firstly, let it be known that I am: a) a big fan of afternoon tea in general, and b) more than somewhat fond of chocolate. (Also, c - I have a rather strange attachment to this hotel as I once stayed there for two weeks on a rather intense training course).

I have tried different afternoon teas in various places, and none match the Galgorm. Now, it ain't cheap (the basic one will set you back £25, more if you want fancy iced tea or champagne or gin with your tea) but the service is top-notch, the food great, and the surroundings stunning. I mean, where else can you sip your tea with a waterfall gurgling away in the background? And just look at this room:


It's a hell of a room.

Anyway, onto the actual tea. Once we sat down, we had a quick peruse of the tea menu, which also had the list of food.


They were unfortunately out of my favourite (Nice Nancy, an amazing lemon and verbena tea), so I tried a new one instead - Hotel D'Amour, which had rose petals in. It was good, but I did miss the Nice Nancy!


The savoury food came quickly, and was delicious. The soup was curried parsnip and apple, and was quite spicy! If I were making it myself I'd have toned the curry down a bit, but it was fine for the amount we had - I must look up a recipe... I really liked all the little savoury things, actually, which I don't always (as I'm a bit fussy sometimes).


Then came my favourite part! I don't have a sweet tooth so much as an entire sweet mouth, so I had been looking forward to this for weeks!

I'll not list off everything as I've put a shot of the menu above, but suffice to say it was all so good. I was a little surprised that they didn't have a chocolate chip scone instead of a ginger one, given that this was a menu to celebrate Chocolate Week, but who's complaining really?

My favourite of the sweets were the cheesecake (it was so light and fresh!) and the chocolate and orange macaron. I love macarons, and also chocolate orange anything (hence the two Terry's Chocolate Oranges and the packet of M&S chocolate orange teacakes I have hidden away in a cupboard), so this was always going to go down well with me.


This cake was just inside the door, but I think the staff might have noticed if I tried to smuggle it out. It's probably not a real cake anyway, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to eat it.

As always, I had a wonderful time in the hotel and really enjoyed my tea. The Galgorm do do other special afternoon tea menus from time to time, as well as changing their regular one every season (I think), so it's worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page if you're interested in trying one.

As for me? I'll definitely be back at some point - and if the tea were cheaper, I might never leave! 

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