Afternoon tea has become so popular in Northern Ireland that almost every hotel, restaurant and venue has their own signature take on it featuring exquisite little treats washed down with NI’s favourite drink, tea.
Whilst previously considered a little old fashioned, afternoon tea is now a popular way to pass an afternoon. Northern Ireland’s hotels and restaurants’ attention to detail, quality and presentation has been attracting tea lovers of all ages – mums and daughters, college friends, groups and societies – all whiling away the hours over a tasty tray bake.
Here are just a few suggestions for some of the many other venues sent to us by Tourism NI :
The Merchant Hotel offers the ultimate luxury afternoon tea experience with finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and scones with clotted cream all adorned on a silver tea stand. This is complimented with tea, coffee or if you’re feeling particularly decadent – champagne.
Afternoon tea at Ten Square Hotel is served up in the surroundings of the Grill Restaurant, with a chilled glass or Prosecco, selection of teas and coffee, mini savouries, side salad, cakes and mini desserts to finish.
Relax and unwind in the opulent Titanic Belfast where you can soak up the stunning surroundings, including a replica staircase of the RMS Titanic, as you listen to the smooth sounds of the musicians playing jazz during their regular Sunday afternoon tea. Check out our review here.
The Game of Thrones Afternoon Teas at Ballygally Castle . Where better to have a GoT themed afternoon tea than in a castle on the coastline used regularly when filming the series. This afternoon tea really is a delight and one you’ll have to try.
The Galgorm Resort & Spa also offers afternoon tea in the beautiful River Room & Conservatory. Dive into the delicious treats available which include freshly brewed tea, sandwiches, miniature savouries, freshly baked scones and miniature desserts.
At The Charlemont, you can treat yourself to a sumptuous afternoon tea made with pastries, scones, savouries and lots of sweet bites to tantalise your taste buds. All ingredients are locally sourced and the menu is designed around each season’s produce.
The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn is the perfect place for a cosy afternoon where you can curl up on a comfortable seat by a roaring fire and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea of Earl Grey tea, dainty sandwiches, homemade shortbread and chocolate dipped strawberries. For a real treat, add a glass of Prosecco or sweet sherry.
At the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle you can enjoy steaming cups of tea, and pretty plates piled high with dainty sandwiches and sweet treats. The popular seaside location is perfect for unwinding as you take in the stunning views where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.
Enjoy afternoon tea at The Lough Erne Resort & Spa, Enniskillen where you can chat with friends and family in the comfort of The Garden Hall by the log fire with views over Castle Hume Lough. If you are looking for something really indulgent then sample the Chocolate Afternoon Tea or the Pink Afternoon Tea which includes a glass of Billecart – Salmon Rose Champagne.
At the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen you can choose from Classic Afternoon Tea or Cream Tea Delight and you can add a little sparkle to your day with a glass of champagne.
The delicious afternoon tea at the Silverbirch Hotel begins with an Amuse Bouche and is followed by a selection of finger sandwiches, lovely cakes and scones served with fresh cream and local jam accompanied by a selection of fresh leaf teas.
Enjoy scrumptious afternoon tea in Lady Ada’s Tea Room at The Argory. The Argory was built in the 1820’s and is the former home of the MacGeough – Bond family renowned for its wonderful views over the gardens and 320 acre wooded estate which borders the River Blackwater.
The Everglades in Derry~Londonderry offers plates of dainty sandwiches, fluffy scones, buttery cakes and pastries. There is no better way to spend a relaxing afternoon with a handful of your best friends. Derry City is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland so take time to explore the city walls, take a stroll through theCraft Village, enjoy a tour of the historic Guildhallor meander across the Peace Bridge.
At the Beech Hill Country House Hotel you can enjoy a variety of cakes, pastries and sandwiches made freshly every morning. During the summer you can enjoy afternoon tea in the shade of the hotel’s giant beech trees. Find out more about our stay ay Beech Hill last year here.
For more information on things to do in Northern Ireland click on www.discovernorthernireland.com or visit your local visitor information centre.
If you have any recommdations for a superb afternoon tea anywhere in Northern Ireland, please leave a comment below. We’d love to here your tips and suggestions!