Guys another long weekend is in sights (nearly!) If you’re planning on doing something a little different for the long weekend, you might be considering a little Afternoon Tea session so I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience of tea at The Malton in Killarney today with you. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have already seen a peak at this!
Although you know I love cakes, Afternoon Tea isn’t actually something I like too much to be honest. I’d rather have Cream Tea which is essentially tea and two buns but sometimes it’s nice to take in a new experience and indulge a little more and just soak up a different experience.
I’ve only had Afternoon Tea once before and that was in Ashford Castle. It was a beautiful setting in a very grand room over looking mature gardens, and the treats were lovely but it was expensive at €40 per person. This time, I wanted to go a little lower on the price but still wanted a special experience so I shopped around Killarney until I stumbled on The Malton. Here, Afternoon Tea is €25 per person and is served in a room off of the main lobby. You don’t have to dress up or anything and in fact I’m actually really glad I didn’t as everyone else was very casual and I think I would have actually felt a little out of place. We had gone to Muckross House earlier that day so were more casual Friday than sophisticated Sunday but we still really, really enjoyed it!
I wouldn’t say the room was as beautiful as Ashford Castle now or anything which is a 5 star hotel at the end of the day, but it was bright and spacious with a lot of natural light pouring in. They had the hotel’s history documented on the walls and a lovely tea box with an old silver teapot on a sideboard. All things on my dream list for my forever home, so nice. The staff were really attentive and more than happy to rid my plate of any cucumber, lucky me!
It’s strange to say, but the highlight of the Afternoon Tea for me was a brown bread they severed to get us started – divine! I have actually been in contact with the Malton to get the recipe so I’ll share it over the next few weeks. Besides from that, all the sweet treats were beautiful, but the very indulgent, chocolate square at the top stood out as the show stopper for me. I honestly couldn’t have drank more tea if I tried either as they gave me 2 pots all to myself. Plenty of teabags in the pot too I’m happy to say.
This hotel used to be called The Railroad Hotel and was owned by the Great Southern and Western Railway company. They still use the same teapots today, you can see the brand initials across the silverware. I love it when a hotel holds onto its’ history, particularly through kitchen pieces.
I would definitely recommend The Malton for a really nice, no fuss Afternoon Tea. While I’m all for splurging on a treat, I do think that The Malton offered really good value for money and a truly enjoyable experience for €25. I would gladly go again and hopefully will get the chance to sometime soon!