A Trip to Ireland: High Tea in Galway

This is the sixth in a series of posts on our trip to Ireland in July. You can view the initial post here! The fifth: Irish Soda Bread with Recipe, The fourth: Scones (with recipe. The third: Irish Fry, The second: O’Keeffe Butcher Shop, Donerail and first: Whippy Cones.
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While I was in Galway with my classmates, we walked by a very quaint tea shop called Cupan Tae. It was a very small shop ran by young ladies who wore cute matching aprons. They offered an assortment of sandwiches and other lunch items, but what my friends and I were interested in was high tea.

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Each girl got their own tea pot with whatever tea they wanted; there were more flavors of tea than I’d ever seen before. The delicate china was beautiful, different each time we went. Lumps of raw and white sugar would come with a small pitcher of delicious Irish cream (or rather, regular cream there, but it was better than what we have in the states!)

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The space was very small, but it created a wonderful cozy feeling that was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Amongst the busy chatter of high tea, the girls and I discussed everything under the sun as we waited for our trays of goodies to come.

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The tiers had sandwiches on the bottom, scones in the middle, and small desserts on the top.

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We slathered the scones in butter, Devonshire cream, and homemade raspberry preserves.

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The desserts were poppy cakes, a lemon cake, and some kind of dense fudge cake with crisp wafers in it. We cut these up so each of us could try at least a nibble of the delectable treats.

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The sandwich options were cucumber, ham, or egg salad. The bread, of course, was very fresh and is locally made.

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Pinkies out is most appropriate during high tea!

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It was a wonderful experience dressing up and going out with the girls to high tea. I plan on hosting my own high tea soon, inspired by the memories of my high tea in Ireland.

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