Our iconic Merchant afternoon tea is served in the magnificent surroundings of The Great Room Restaurant, probably the most decadent dining room in all of Ireland.
In order to ensure we deliver a superlative experience for all our guests who join us for afternoon tea (nearly 50,000 each year), we are constantly refining, developing, and planning our offering all year round. As soon as one season or important occasion is finished we start planning it again for the following year. We search for strive for perfection in both the skills of our six pastry chefs and in choosing our preferred suppliers with utmost care allowing us to deliver an experience for our guests that is unique and memorable.
We spend six months to a year on the development of any new patisserie, from inception to menu. When considering the creation of new products for afternoon tea, we are inspired by current culinary trends, but also take customer feedback very seriously. We relish the opportunity to experiment with new and innovative techniques, but flavour, texture and appearance are always of paramount importance. When incorporating new ingredients and methods into our menus we look to global patisserie leaders for inspiration and to keep abreast of innovations.
One of the most important products that we source is chocolate and our preferred supplier is Valrhona. They have created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting their techniques for making chocolate. Valrhona has taken unique steps in mastering taste; enhancing the flavour of rare cocoa beans grown on land that has been masterfully selected for its terroir. In so doing they can guarantee the consistency of the taste qualities and flavour potential of their product.
In the summertime we place more emphasis on fruit based patisserie with vibrant colours and light textures, ensuring a fresh and, of course, delicious experience. Whilst strawberries and raspberries are the stars during this season, we like to combine them with more exotic flavours by sourcing ingredients such as yuzu and kalamansi. Both these fruits originate from the oriental citrus family. During the winter months warmth and comfort are all important and of course this is reflected in our patisseries. Warm spices, mulled fruits and nuts are used as key ingredients to celebrate the season.
Quality and consistency in every item that we produce is a must, maintaining this ethos means that each customer receives a high-end product made only with the finest ingredients and to the highest specification. Every element used in the finishing of a product is not only aesthetically pleasing but has its own individual purpose by either adding colour to the final product or by adding a variety of textures and flavours. But don’t just take our word for it! The proof, as they rightly say, is in the pudding!
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