Delightful Afternoon Tea Experiences You Have to Try

Looking for a unique way to spend the weekend? Treat yourself to a decadent afternoon tea in one of Ireland’s most fabulous spots. Here are our top picks:

Delightful Afternoon Tea Experiences You Have to Try

Art Afternoon Tea at The Merrion, Dublin

The Merrion is one of Dublin’s most extravagant hotels, and the ‘Art Tea’ menu is nothing short of wonderful. This unique dining experience includes a range of mini sweet creations, each inspired by the works of famous artists including J.B Yeats, William Scott and Louis Le Brocquy.

The enchanting Drawing Rooms are the perfect spot to relax and enjoy an afternoon filled with delicious treats and beverages. The Merrion even offers a vegan option, filled with delightful vegan treats including sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. The Art Afternoon Tea is a two hour experience, offering two fabulous courses.

Cupán Tae, Galway

This quirky little tearoom is an absolute must when it comes to afternoon tea in Galway. With beautiful classic decor and a selection of wonderful treats, Cupán Tae brings to life the tea party you dreamt of as a child. Presented on quality bone china, each treat is as scrumptious as the last.

Choose from over 50 varieties of tea, each sourced by master tea expert and owner Alison McArdle. Complete with a selection of savoury miniatures and sweet bites, this is one you don’t want to miss. If you’re heading in a bit later, check out the ‘Brunch-noon Tea’ menu, with egg soldiers, a mini pancake plate and a granola teacup.

Hayfield Manor, Cork

Step into luxury and grab a cup at Hayfield Manor in Cork. The hotel’s award winning afternoon tea is full of delicious savoury snacks, sweet treats and tasty beverages. Take a seat in Orchids Restaurant and soak up the opulent atmosphere, with a classical piano to accompany.

There are plenty of tea blends to choose from, so you’ll find something for all tastes. The hotel also offers a gluten free option, consisting of fresh gluten free sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Why not add bubbles to make experience that bit more special?

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Enjoy a lovely afternoon at one of Belfast’s most sought after spots. The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel offers a rich and memorable dining experience. The restaurant’s original Victorian features make it perfect for a relaxed afternoon.

The hotel’s afternoon tea is packed with all the delicious traditional treats we know and love, including delicate finger sandwiches, fresh scones and sweet and savoury bites. Choose from a selection of expertly blended teas, including a rich Oolong and the hotel’s very own Merchant Blend. The Merchant also offers Cocktail Afternoon Tea and Champagne Afternoon Tea for those looking for that little bit more.

Muckross Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Muckross Park Hotel and Spa is one of Killarney’s most stunning locations, against the gorgeous backdrop of Killarney National Park. The exclusive Tea Rooms offer a truly memorable experience, serving Ronnefeldt Tea, one of Europe’s oldest teahouses.

Executive Chef Scott Kapitan has created a beautiful selection of pastries and treats to satisfy your cravings. Delve into a delicious serving of miniature pastries, fresh scones and delicious sandwiches, complemented by a hot cup of tea – or a glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne for that extra kick.


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Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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