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Mar 3, 2016

Gallaher & Co Bistro – Afternoon Tea!

GallaherI bet you didn’t know that Gallaher’s on D’Olier Street does Afternoon Tea? Me neither! Until, that is, a very good pal kindly gave me a birthday present of one. Afternoon Tea for Two including a glass of fizz each. Lovely jubbly! It was, in fact, one of those Deal Rush jobbies. Which, I had read on Trip Advisor, Gallaher’s are very good about. Some places get shirty… You know yourself!

So, we rocked up of a rainy Thursday. Afternoon, of course. Me & Padre. Twas his birthday too, not long after mine. So as a fellow cake fan, he was duly invited. We popped into The Screen cinema next door to say goodbye, as they were shutting up for good on the Sunday (sob). I always used to go there when I lived in Ringsend long ago. All good things must come to an end…

Now Gallaher & Co is very smart place. Located in D’Olier Chambers, it wraps around the corner to neighbouring Hawkins Street. It always looks so inviting, when I’m passing, but the view is even nicer from inside. Panoramic windows allow us to see all of Dublin going by. Sounds cray cray, but I love watching buses, people & life itself just moving. The pulse of Dublin City.

cake 2Now, to the main event. We were brought a generous glass of Domini Prosecco Frizza each. Cheers! And a lovely lad explained how the set-up worked. We were getting cakes, scones & a choice of three sandwiches between us. We went for oak smoked salmon on homemade brown bread, free range egg on sourdough fingers & chicken lemon zucchini wrap. Bring it on, John!

Everything arrived on a traditional three tiered porcelain cake stand. So far, so good. Gallaher’s Afternoon Tea is more than a few pretty amuse bouche. This is proper scran! The sandwiches are cut into four, making twelve to share. Currant scones are big warm fluffy numbers, accompanied by cream & mixed berry compote (Ambassador!). I would have gone the whole fat bastard & had butter too…

Everything was rustic, homemade, both in looks & taste. Nothing fancy pants here! I loved the free range egg, which came with slivers of pickled cucumber & chive mayo. Dad enjoyed the chicken wraps, what with me being some class of a vegetarian (95% & then some…). We both milled the oak smoked salmon. Happy days! And so, most importantly, to the cakes. Size matters at Gallaher’s!

sandwichCarrot cake (cake of the day), madeira cupcakes with cream, lemon tart, mini macaroons & shortbread biscuits. It has to be said, we were struggling at this stage, but soldier on we did… One Afternoon Tea would actually do between two! Here’s my expert cake analysis; Carrot cake was meh. Too dry. Cupcakes were freakin’ delish. Like Mum makes. Macarons, nuff said. Lemon tart was, um, tart.

The shortcakes were squirreled into a napkin and handbagged for Him Indoors later (I ate them). We were done in by now. I must say, it was such a lovely treat. Nice & quiet (I can imagine this place buzzing too), we had a great chinwag in peace, when we weren’t stuffing our chops. Gallaher’s certainly don’t scrimp. It’s not a posh Afternoon Tea but it’s very tasty indeed. And fizz always helps. Yes, Sir!

Before I forget… A nice big pot of tea each too. With two teabags! Gets my vote. I was pleasantly surprised by Gallaher’s. Dinner is next on the agenda. This joint does a nice line in steaks & hearty bistro-fare. The breakfast looks like something the Bloke would make short work of. Gallaher’s do breakfast, lunch, brunch, pre-theatre, prix-fixe & a la carte. They also do BYOB. What’s not to love?

Gallaher & Co Bistro & Coffee House, D’Olier Chambers, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 / Tel – 01 6770499 /