• Cyril McAree

As Local As It Gets – Limerick Afternoon Tea

Limerick Strand is unconditionally supportive of all things local. Celebrated award-winning Chef, Tom Flavin is somewhat of local hero, always on the lookout for new local suppliers, and giving a helping hand to small artisan producers. They support local producers where they can within all menus with a special emphasis on Limericks’ rich history and its neighbouring counties.

This autumn they have gone that extra mile (without physically going that extra mile!) to create a bespoke Limerick Afternoon Tea partnering with the iconic Cahill’s Tea, Limericks oldest shop, housed in the old tobacco factory on Wickham Street in Limerick City. 
 With their expert knowledge they have created a special blend for Limerick Strand, celebrating their smokey heritage, called the
Limerick Strands’ Smokey Breakfast Tea. 
It is a delightful blend of Rich Breakfast Tea, Lapsong Souchang Tea & Orange Oolang Tea.

Keeping Limerick central to this bespoke Afternoon Tea experience, Tom has produced his own traditional Limerick toffee, inspired by Limericks’ infamous and much loved “Cleeve’s Toffee” a condensed milk product. In addition Tom has called upon his local food suppliers creating a delicious menu with producers including:

Apple Juice - Attylfin Estate, Paul Mordont, Patrickswell

Oak Smoked Cheddar Cheese - Old Irish Creamery, James Doherty, Effin

Goats Cheese - Leahy’s Farm, Seamus Leahy, Newcastle West

Salad & Vegetables - Newleaf Urban Farmer, Kevin Wallace, Ballyneety

Smoked Salmon - Burren Smokehouse, Birgitta Curtin, Co. Clare

Using their delicious produce, Tom has created a selection of freshly cut sandwiches including:

- In-house Baked Ham, Smoked Effin Cheddar

- Goats Cheese, Ballyneety Beetroot Pickle, Sourdough

- Burren Smokehouse Smoked Salmon, Soda Bread

- Kevin Wallace’s Tomato Bruschetta

Afternoon Tea wouldn’t be complete without the Strand’s award winning scones, accompanied with house-made Raspberry Jam and fresh cream. The miniature Afternoon Tea & Dessert selection includes:

- Attylfin Apple Panna Cotta

- Strand Apple Tart

- Cleeves Toffee Pudding

- Urban Farmer Beetroot & Chocolate Brownie

There’s also an impressive Tea selection including Earl Grey, Darjeeling Irish Afternoon, Lapsang Souchong, Peppermint Ginger & Lemongrass, Chamomile, Lemon & Elderflower, Summer Fruits, Rooibos & Blood Orange, Green Sencha, Assam, Ceylon plus Coffee for the non-tea drinkers.

The Limerick Afternoon Tea costs € 26.50 per person and add a glass of bubbles & Blanc for €8 per person, running daily from 2pm-4pm.

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