A busy Sunday afternoon drinking champagne with views of a busy bustling Grafton St. The incredible Westbury Hotel was the setting for us on Sunday as we sampled their beautiful NCAD inspired Afternoon Tea.
To celebrate The Westbury’s partnership with NCAD, the hotel launched the tea which was inspired by the work of young fashion designers. Inspiration was drawn from five of the students, whose collections were focused on colour, print, pleating, stitch and construction. Tatjana Upelniece-Kiselova is Executive Pastry Chef at The Westbury and created a selection of desserts that reflect the spirit of designs by the students.
When looking at Colour (created by Zoe Redmond ) Tatjana utilised the bold red tones to create a vibrant cherry macaoon with smooth velvet mocha cream.
Roy Lichtenstein was the inspiration for Eavan Butler’s Prints, so Tatjana used the theme to create a lime, lemon and grapefruit tart. When looking at Construction by Laura Egan, Tatjana emulated the yellow and black dress with a piña colada entremet.
Ciana Keating had designed a sky-blue striped swimming dress, which was complimented perfectly with a delicate blueberry vanilla cake, a delicious afternoon tea treat. A rich and decadent chocolate and pistachio éclair was inspired by John Burrows Stitching, with a raspberry decoration that imitates the pattern on the jacket.
Talking about her creations for the tea, Tatjana said:
“As a pastry chef it is particularly important to pay attention to the finer details, as it is necessary to have a balance between both how the cakes and pastries resemble the NCAD fashion designers creations and how they will taste for our guests. It was a very exciting challenge to meet with the designers in their NCAD fashion studio and choose which from some of their amazing creations and decide which ones would translate best as a dessert. Overall, it was an incredible experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and it was an absolute pleasure to work with the NCAD fashion graduates, who have each created truly inspiring collections”
What did I think?
The views alone are worth every penny. We sat in the Gallery facing out onto Grafton St were the Christmas lights were being turned on. The Westbury is somewhere I have been going for years and will continue to do so for many more years to come. Everything from the food to the service, the interior to the champagne, everything is perfection. The Westbury is decorated so beautifully at Christmas that it is worth the trip alone just for that. It was full of families & friends enjoying themselves on an extremely busy afternoon, yet we felt we were the only people there. The service is what absolutely makes the whole experience. We had a lovely lady called Anastasia serve us throughout the afternoon and we all commented that we had never had service like it. She is an absolute credit to the hotel. For someone to be that attentive and helpful was just amazing. We absolutely loved our tea. The cakes were to die for and presented in the most beautiful way, something the Westbury never fails on.
If you are thinking of having Afternoon Tea in Dublin this Christmas, I cannot recommend it enough. The NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea is what we had and is available for €47 per person, or €59 per person with Moët & Chandon or Moët & Chandon Rosé. For a real treat, the Dom Pérignon Champagne Afternoon Tea option is €80 per person.
You can book it HERE. See Festive Afternoon Tea menu below also.
Love Aoibhe xxx