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Pinkies Up and Tinsel Out – Here Are The Best Spots To Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea in Ireland

Afternoon tea is certainly a year-round activity – tiny sandwiches, fragrant teas, and an excuse to feel like royalty for an afternoon, what could be better? Oh, we know – a yuletide twist on our favourite afternoon activity! Desserts with Santa hats, festive sandwiches and some bubbles to top it all off… here are the best spots to enjoy a festive afternoon tea in Ireland. We’ve broken it down by county so no matter where you are in the country, a festive afternoon tea awaits.

Dublin

InterContinental Hotel

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The 5-star InterContinental Hotel is all about luxury, so where better to enjoy a couple hours of festive fun? Delight in the cosy setting of the beautiful Lobby Lounge and Reading Room, with an open fire and all your favourite treats to savour. Mini sandwiches, dainty sweets crafted by Head Pastry Chef Orna Larkin, hot chocolates and perhaps some champagne – ’tis the season after all!

Price: €70 per person – Including Champagne: €85 per person – Including Rosé Champagne: €88 per person

Luttrellstown Castle

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Make your way to Castleknock and indulge in Luttrellstown Castle‘s Duchess of Cumberland festive afternoon tea! A 15th century Irish Castle is probably one of the better places to delight in an afternoon of luxury. Head to the opulent Van Stry Ballroom and savour the elegance of castle life as you dine on mini sandwiches, dainty treats and all the tea your heart desires. Elevate it further by adding a glass of champagne into the mix, and don’t leave the kiddies out of the fun either – a special children’s afternoon tea is available so they can feel just as included. Though they are currently booked out, you can place yourself on the waitlist in the hopes that a spot will free up over the festive season.

Price: €70 per person – Including Champagne: €85 per person – Children’s afternoon tea: €30 per person

The Shelbourne

An elegant sanctuary from a chilly winter’s afternoon, The Shelbourne Hotel provides a warm and welcoming retreat during the Christmas season. You will certainly get the royal treatment from the moment you step foot in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge. You will delight in an array of finger sandwiches, including whiskey-cured smoked salmon with Lakeshore mustard on Guinness bread, roast chicken and chive mayonnaise on a poppy seed roll, along with delicious warm buttermilk and cranberry scones with clotted cream and Shelbourne preserves, and a spiced Gingerbread log. Peruse their impressive tea selection and delight in their pastry chef’s special festive treats curated for the season. A visit to the Shelbourne is guaranteed to be memorable.

Price: €68 per person – Including Champagne: €88 per person – Children’s Afternoon Tea: €35 per person

The Dylan Hotel

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In the heart of Dublin 4 lies the 5-star Dylan Hotel. Bask in the ambiance of the beautifully decorated rooms where you will enjoy your afternoon sipping tea from their extensive menu, and delighting in a few sandwiches and treats. The Dylan’s Tipsy Tea includes a selection of delicious finger sandwiches like duck liver parfait made festive with a cranberry compote, a slow-roasted turkey fillet sandwich with truffle dressing, and more. Of course, no afternoon tea is complete without some warm scones and jams, and festive treats like their Grand Marnier Crème Brulée will be the icing on top of a very Christmassy cake.

Price: €45 per person, with options to add on Prosecco, Champagne or Christmas cocktails.

Pink restaurant

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As they put it, pink is not just a colour, it’s the ultimate afternoon tea experience. The glamorous Pink has pulled out all the stops to fill your afternoon with luxury. You’ll be treated to tasty festive savouries, like a classic roast turkey sandwich with sage & onion aioli, plus some brie arancini with a spiced cranberry gel. For the sweet treats, of course you’ll enjoy some scones, but some festive twists join the party, like their festive coconut snowball and a caramelised white chocolate christmas tree – delish.

Price: €49 per person

The College Green Hotel

As the winter season is fast approaching, how better to warm up than by a crackling fireplace in The College Green Hotel (formerly the Westin). Gaze upon their five-storey high glass ceiling in The Atrium Lounge, as you enjoy an afternoon tea experience with a festive twist. Christmas cocktails, festive sweets and savouries, and a glass of champagne for good measure – a memorable experience will be had!

Price: €65 per person – Including a Glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne: €85 per person

The Merrion Hotel

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Known for their lavish afternoon tea inspired by the work of J.B Yeats, William Scott, Louis Le Brocquy and more, the Merrion Hotel take it up a notch for their festive afternoon tea. The Drawing Rooms set the perfect scene for an afternoon full of indulgence, and on select dates, you can delight in an afternoon accompanied by Christmas carols to really kick the festivities up a notch. Relax in a plush sofa or an armchair by the fire, and enjoy the impeccable service at The Merrion Hotel.

Price: €68 per person – Select dates including Christmas carols: €75 per person

The Westbury

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Tucked away in a corner just off Grafton Street, The Westbury is the epitome of five star sophistication, making it a wonderful location for your next festive afternoon tea. With a festive menu inspired by traditional Christmas treats and childhood memories, this will certainly be a memorable treat. With an array of teas at your fingertips, enjoy The Westbury’s own bespoke blends with their hand crafted pastries. With a vegetarian menu available, nobody is left out of the tempting experience.

Price: €68 per person – Including Champagne: €91

Old Music Shop

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In the heart of Dublin lies the Castle Hotel, where you can venture into the Old Music Shop for a delightful festive afternoon tea. Set within an elegant Georgian townhouse, let the staff treat you like family as you indulge in all their festive sweets and savouries. Add on a glass of Prosecco for good measure! They’ve also made sure to include the kids in on the fun, with a special children’s afternoon tea on offer.

Price: €25 per person – Children’s afternoon tea: €15 per person

Conrad

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Head to Conrad Dublin, where luxury meets tradition, to embrace the magic of the festive season! You’ll be dazzled by their fabulous Christmas lights as you enter, before making your way to the Tea Room to enjoy their captivating festive afternoon tea. With the option to add some mulled wine, you really will feel as Christmassy as possible here. Delight in. aculinary journey through winter flavours and cherished traditions at Conrad Dublin.

Price: €55 per person – Including Mulled Wine: €59 per person – Including Festive Bubbles: €69 per person

Stauntons on the Green

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Cosy yet luxurious town houses set in the heart of the city centre – Stauntons on the Green will truly make you feel like the city is miles away as you enter their serene setting. Cosy up in the library for afternoon tea or weather permitting, enjoy it al fresco within the walls of the secluded garden. A selection of freshly made sandwiches, warm scones and delicious pastries, jazzed up with a bottle of Prosecco or Champagne if you’re feeling it – how much more festive can you get?

Price (all for two): €45 – Including Prosecco: €80 – Including Champagne: €135

Kildare

The Club Hotel at Goffs

Festive season has kicked off at the Club Hotel at Goffs, aptly being called Jingle All The Neigh (don’t we all love a play on words?) This boutique hotel is all things chic and is just a stone’s throw away from Dublin. Enjoy some festive treats and savouries with their afternoon tea – a classic Christmassy sandwich of roast chicken with stuffing with cranberry compote, some delectable mini quiches to suit your fancy, and of course, their orange and chocolate mousse sounds right up our street. Add some bubbles for that extra sparkle this festive season!

Price: €40 per person – Including Prosecco: €50

The K Club

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You’re in for an afternoon of glamour at the K Club, where a dash of celebration is always in the air, especially during the festive season. Expect magnificent antiques and a roaring fireplace in the Dining Room to really set the mood for what’s sure to be a captivating afternoon full of treats, pastries and comforting teas. Indulge in some Yuletide you-time as you dine on delectable baubles and miniature Christmas trees, and add some sparkle with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne.

Price: €55 per person

Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

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Old meets new at the fabulous Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel. Based in Maynooth, escape the busy life of Dublin city centre as you enter the harmonious grounds of this contemporary hotel. A ritual experienced by historic aristocratic visitors, you’ll gaze upon the fine adornments of the salons and lounges you enter, just as they did before you. Served in the historic Manor House, you’ll delight in bite size sandwiches and festive treats. Sip on tea or a glass of champagne and relax in the surroundings of Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel.

Price: €65 per person – Including Champagne: €80 per person

Killashee Hotel & Spa

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Enjoy a festive afternoon tea in the enchanting Killashee Hotel & Spa. Bask in the rich history from the Victorian grandeur of the Original House before sitting down for tea in the serene surrounding of The Pippin Tree. With festive savouries like Ham & Chorizo Croquettes and Chestnut & Apple Mille Feuille Tartlet, you’ll get all the flavours of the season whilst relaxing and enjoying the views of their winter garden.

Price: €45.00 per person- Includes Afternoon Tea plus a glass of mulled wine.

Barberstown Castle

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Where better to partake in a tradition held for hundreds of years than at a 13th century castle? A member of Ireland’s Blue Book, the glamorous Barberstown Castle guarantees an afternoon of bliss amongst walls holding ancient stories and memories. Delight in a selection of exquisite sweets and savouries carefully curated by the team. Add a little sparkle with some Prosecco, and make sure to take a stroll post-tea and admire the elegant surroundings of Barberstown Castle.

Price: €35.00 per person.

Meath

The Johnstown Estate

Featuring an original Georgian house surrounded by 120 acres of magnificent parkland, The Johnstown Estate is festooned with twinkling Christmas lights , making for an idyllic venue for seasonal celebrations, including a magical festive afternoon tea! Served in the gorgeous and airy Atrium, it has been transformed into a winter wonderland with open fires, a beautifully dressed tree and the most impressive gingerbread village. Expect favourites like roast turkey and baked ham on mini brioche buns and whisky cured salmon on wheaten bread while sweet treats include ginger cookies, Christmas fruit trifle and mini Christmas cupcakes.

Price: €39 per person – Including Prosecco: €47 per person – Children’s afternoon tea: €22

Wicklow

Powerscourt Hotel

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Just a short drive away from Dublin, the Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa allows for a few hours of bliss away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Gaze upon picturesque views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain from their aptly named Sugar Loaf lounge, where you’ll be served festive dainty treats, and some of the finest teas to pair with your bites. Indulge in a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne while you’re at it, for it’s a must this festive season!

Price: €60 per person – Including Champagne: €80 per person

Leitrim

Lough Rynn Castle

If you’re paying a visit to the beautiful Leitrim, pop into Lough Rynn Castle for an intimate festive afternoon tea. Surround yourself with the lovely decor and festive cheer of the castle as you delight in an afternoon tea by an open fire. Enjoy their Christmassy sandwiches and a tasty bruschetta before indulging in their treats of warm scones and ginger and lemon bread whilst sipping on tea. Add a glass of Prosecco to make it even more special, or switch it up and order a refreshing Aperol Spritz!

Price: €35 per person

Clare

Dromoland Castle

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Head West to Dromoland Castle, which is full of elegance and charm, surrounded by lush gardens and lakes. You’ll be treated like the royals that enjoy the afternoon tea tradition years before you here, basking in the luxury of the Earl of Thomond dining room. Tuck into festive delights like their Chester ‘Mince Pie’ Cake and their classic Christmas cake, and scones served with spiced apple butter – the epitome of decadence. Sip on their Christmassy teas like their festive spice or Christmas punch, and if you’re feeling indulgent, add on a Christmas cocktail and celebrate the season right.

Price: €55 per person – add their special festive cocktail for €25

Lakeside Hotel

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Set on the banks of the River Shannon, the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre has a delicious festive afternoon tea offering that is perfect for this time of year. With freshly made scones, tasty mini sandwiches and Christmassy mini delicacies, you can elevate your visit with a glass of Prosecco or mulled wine and really get into the festive spirit.

Price: €30 per person – Including Prosecco or mulled wine: €35

Kilkenny

Butler House & Gardens

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If you’re making your way to the marble city of Kilkenny, pay a visit to the elegant 18th century Butler House & Gardens. Delight in a festive afternoon tea in the Lady Eleanor restaurant, which overlooks their stunning Christmas garden. Dine on tiers of scones, sandwiches and delicate sweet treats and sip on some fragrant teas as you gaze upon the panoramic view of Kilkenny Castle.

Price: €37 per person – Including Prosecco: €45 per person

Mount Juliet Estate

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You’ll encounter rich local Irish history at the Mount Juliet Estate – a magnificent destination guaranteeing a memorable few hours sipping tea and savouring some treats. Savour their delicate offerings of finger sandwiches and tasty treats as you bask in the tranquil surroundings of the Estate. Bring along the kiddies so they can also enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea in the most breathtaking surroundings.

Price: €45 per person – Including Champagne: €60 per person – Children’s afternoon tea: €25 per person

Lyrath Estate

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A preserved 17th Century estate house hidden amongst emerald woodlands, the walls of the five-star Lyrath Estate are filled with stories of the most fascinating historic figures that came before you. Festive afternoon tea will be experienced in the Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Rooms, where you’ll be repeating the activities undertaken by Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, all whilst taking in the hotel’s eclectic interiors. Delight in dainty treats and savouries, and if you’re vegan, you’re not left out of the fun here – there’s even a dedicated vegan afternoon tea menu for you!

Price: €40 per person

Cork

Hayfield Manor

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Make your way to Cork where the luxurious five-star Hayfield Manor resides on 150 year old grounds, representing its history with pride. You are greeted by a picturesque Weeping Willow tree as you enter the hotel, where a classical piano will play you into the afternoon. Delight in an assortment of decadent pastries and festive savouries and pair with a fragrant tea as you overlook their private gardens. A memorable afternoon is sure to be had.

Price: €48.00 per person.

Castlemartyr Resort

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Beautifully manicured gardens, an 800 year old castle, and overall, the epitome of luxury and magnificence – the Castlemartyr Resort is certainly where you’d want to experience a memorable festive afternoon tea. Sip tea overlooking the magnificent greenery from the comfort of the Manor House, while you enjoy a delicious assortment of dainty patisserie. They also have a gluten-free and children’s afternoon tea, so nobody has to miss out on the glamour. Saze upon the architectural gems of the Lafranchini ceiling of Knights and warm up by the fireplace at the idyllic Castlemartyr Resort.

Price: €48.00 per person – Including Champagne: €70 per person – Children’s afternoon tea: €25 per person

Imperial Hotel

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Step into the timeless landmark of Cork City that is The Imperial Hotel. 200 years of traditions await, where the afternoon tea ritual stands tall amongst tiered cake stands and fine china. Sip on a cup of warming tea (or a refreshing glass of bubbles!) as you delight in fresh pastries, scones and treats made daily. Expect a tea menu ranging from the classics to more adventurous blends, satisfying you to your heart’s content. Venture out onto the streets of Cork City Centre post-tea and explore the local gems, all of which are right on your doorstep.

Price: €49 per person, includes a festive cocktail

Galway

Glenlo Abbey

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Savour seclusion at Gleno Abbey Hotel & Estate, providing a fabulous sanctuary from the chilly weather, accompanied by festive treats and tea. Tiers of dainty assortments await at this special place, where old-world charm meets contemporary elegance. Enjoy warm buttermilk scones and homemade gingerbread, and plenty of festive treats to pair with your tea. Glenlo Abbey is the perfect place to get away for a blissful, festive afternoon.

Price: €45 per person – Including Champagne: €60 per person – Children’s afternoon tea: €20

The G Hotel

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This bright and airy five-star hotel has the most gorgeous interiors, decorated for the Christmas season in style. At The G Hotel, overlook Lough Atalia as you indulge in tasty sweet and savoury treats, elevated with a glass of Taittinger Champagne. Festive and unique savouries are on the menu here, like goat cheese and cranberry Choux, duck mousse and fig gel brioche, and more. The pastries are equally as enticing, with options like a Guinness, chocolate and vanilla cake and a chestnut and chocolate christmas tree. An array of unique tea flavours are available, such as Apple Crumble tea or a Spicy Caramel Chai – delicious.

Price: €38.00 per person – Add a glass of Champagne Taittinger: €25.00 per glass 

Connacht Hotel

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A fabulous spot in Galway that hosting a wonderful festive afternoon tea in Ireland, the Connacht Hotel is a great choice to enjoy some afternoon delights. Sit back and relax in the Library and Bar Solo as you indulge in mince pies, freshly baked scones, and all the treats you can think of. Bring along the family so everyone can be in on the fun – what could be cuter than children enjoying a mini sandwich!

Price: €26.00 per person – Family Afternoon Tea – €75.00 per Family (2 adults & 2 children)

The Galmont Hotel & Spa

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Based in the heart of Galway city, escape from the cold as you head to the fabulous Galmont Hotel & Spa. Indulge in their merry twist on afternoon tea as you sit by the fire and warm up. Their menu consists of some classics and a few unique additions, like a Galway goats cheese, sweet yellow pepper and hazelnut tartlet and a winter berry tartlet. Add some bubbles to your visit with their Prosecco afternoon tea and bask in the cosy atmosphere at the Galmont.

Price: €35 per person – Prosecco afternoon tea – €39 per person

The Hardiman

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A charming hotel right on the famous Eyre Square, The Hardiman welcomes all guests for their festive afternoon tea tradition. Revel in a symphony of gentle indulgence with their culinary delights, like their truffled egg mayonnaise chive salad on milk pan and smoked turkey & cranberry aioli on a brioche roll. Savour their dessert selection of mince pies and cherry chocolate cheesecake – how festive! Sip on a cup of fragrant tea or opt for a glass of bubbly to accompany your delectable treats, and if you’re making a weekend trip, you’ll be met with the symphonic sounds of the resident pianist – this certainly sets the mood for an afternoon of bliss.

Price: €35 per person – Including Mulled Wine: €42 per person – Including Prosecco: €44 per person

Killarney

Killarney park hotel

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Savour the long-standing tradition of afternoon tea at the Killarney Park Hotel, where a scrumptious selection of treats awaits. Head to the warm and cosy Peregine restaurant, adorned with glittering chandeliers and soft velvet for you to sit back and relax with ease. Their festive desserts are certainly catching our eye, with their chestnut and Jivara Valrhona macaroons, Baileys Irish cream tiramisu, and redcurrant Bavarois. They’ve got the vegans and vegetarians covered too, and you can spice up your visit with some Prosecco or Champagne for memorable visit.

Price: €45 per person – Including Prosecco: €58 per person – Including Champagne: €65 per person

Great Southern Killarney

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Demonstrating sophistication at its finest, The Great Southern Hotel earns its name with the offerings available. A haven for many Presidents and dignitaries over the years, you’ll be treated like the royalty that once stayed before you. Relish in the hotel’s time honoured tradition of afternoon tea in the surroundings of The Garden Room restaurant, and dine on inviting festive treats, mince pies and plenty of freshly baked scones. Historic suites are on offer if you decide to make it a trip away, where the likes of Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy have graced their halls (so much so that the suites are named after them).

Price: €40 per person (includes mulled wine) – Including Prosecco: €50 per person

Laois

The Heritage

Based in the beautiful Laois countryside, head to The Heritage for a wonderful afternoon full of festive sweets and savouries. Intricately detailed desserts await, each sounding as delectable as the next. You’re sure to be asking for more as you enjoy a cosy cup of tea, or a glass of Prosecco if you’re going the extra mile. Sit back and relax by the fire as you dine on tasty treats at The Heritage.

Price: €39 per person

Limerick

Castletroy Hotel

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If you’re making your way to Limerick, make sure to stop by the Castletroy Hotel for a fabulous afternoon of festivities. Head to their elegant Garden Room and enjoy some festive treats, like a turkey and cranberry croissant, warm sage & pork mini pies with bramley apple, and decadent sweets like Rudolph’s spiced apple strudel an adorable marshmallow lemon tartlet snowman. Make your visit extra special with a glass of Prosecco or mulled wine!

Price: €31.95 – Including Prosecco or mulled wine: €38.95

Strand Hotel

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What could be better to help wind down after a morning of Christmas shopping than indulging on some festive treats? The Strand Hotel is guaranteed to serve. you a delightful afternoon tea, with treats like goat cheese en Croute, Attylfinn apple ganache and of course, their award-winning scones and some homemade mince pies. Bring along the children so they can enjoy a mini afternoon tea for themselves!

Price: €36 per person or €63 for 2 – Include bubbles: €42 – Children’s afternoon tea: €14.95

Adare Manor

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Bask in the magnificent stained glass and ancient-wood carvings of The Gallery at Adare Manor. Named the Number One Resort in Europe by the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2023, you’ll be guaranteed an opulent afternoon full of sipping tea and snacking on delectable bite-size festive nibbles. Relish in a jewel-box menu of sweet treats here, and feel free to bring along the lucky children who will be able to enjoy their own festive experience. You’ll be dreaming about the splendour that is festive afternoon tea at Adare Manor.

Price: €75 per person – Children’s afternoon tea: €35 per person

Roscommon

Kilronan Castle

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If you’re after a festive afternoon tea in Ireland that will feel straight out of a fairytale, then Kilronan Castle is a must-visit. A gothic manor tracing back 300 years, admire the lush greenery that makes for an absolutely magnificent view. Bask in the extravagance that is their festive afternoon tea, where twists on the classic offerings are to be expected. Baileys and white chocolate cheesecake anyone? Delight in a glass of bubbles and make it an afternoon to remember.

Price: €38 per person – Add Prosecco Costaross: €10 – Add Champagne Bauchaet Brut: €14 – Add Champagne Taittinger Brut NV €16

Donegal

Lough Eske

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A luxurious festive afternoon tea can only be made better when it’s served in a magnificent castle. That’s why Lough Eske Castle Hotel should be on your list! Whether you choose to enjoy your treats in their Castle Lobby Lounge or one of their drawing rooms, you will be transported back to an era when this ritual was de rigueur. Savour their baked brie & caramelised onion tartlet, a black forest gateau with chocolate cremieux, or a festive mince pie. Enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine or kick it up a notch and opt for their champagne afternoon tea for an experience like no other.

Price: €30 per person – Sparkling afternoon tea: €38 per person – Champagne Afternoon Tea: €47 per person

Kerry

Sheen Falls

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Exuding affluence, Sheen Falls guarantees not only a memorable visit, but a fabulous festive afternoon tea experience. Tiers of delicate treats and pastries are artfully created for your satisfaction, consisting of homemade scones, decadent treats and delectable savouries. Cosy up by their open fire as you sip on tea, or make it a boozy affair with a glass of Prosecco or Champagne for the perfect indulgence. Surrender to the scenery with a delightful afternoon tea at Sheen Falls Lodge.

Price: €36 per person – Including Gin: €48 per person – Including Prosecco: €51.50 per person – Including Champagne: €59 per person

Sneem Hotel

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Get festive and spoil yourself this festive season with a scrumptious assortment of treats at the Sneem Hotel. Gaze upon the picturesque sea and mountain views, or nestle up by the fire as you enjoy your festive treats. Savour dainty sandwiches and Christmas treats, paired with some tea or a warming glass of mulled wine. Add a glass of bubbles while you’re at it – ’tis the season!

Price: €30 per person – Including Champagne: €42 per person

Mayo

Ashford Castle

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We all know festive afternoon tea is only made better when it’s set in a picturesque castle, so head to Ashford Castle for a memorable experience. You’ll notice glimmers of history all around, like the original silver tea set presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun in 1896. With options for a vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free afternoon tea available, nobody is left out of the festivities. With spectacular views of the castle’s gardens, you’ll be spoiled with the best treats, sweets and savouries around at the extravagant Ashford Castle. With options for adding select glasses of Champagne, or a full champagne flight tasting with your afternoon tea, you’ll be sure to enjoy this special treat.

Price: €68 per person – Champagne Flight Tasting Included – Add €45

Waterford

Waterford Castle

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Festive afternoon tea is already a treat in and of itself, but why not kick it up a notch and enjoy it on a private island? The enchanting Waterford Castle maintains the grace of its past as a 16th century castle, but still incorporates modernity throughout. Some traditions never change though, with afternoon tea being savoured here. Enjoy some festive delights, like chilli cheese tarts, and turkey & cranberry sandwiches, but if you’re looking forward to the sweets, you’re sure to love the snowman macaron with white chocolate Namelak. Pair it with some fragrant teas or make it sparkle with Prosecco or Champagne.

Price: €40 per person

Tipperary

Cashel Palace

A hotel with a setting perfect for a hedonistic hideaway, the Cashel Palace Hotel assures a tranquil few hours away from the world. An exceptional afternoon tea is served here, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. The sweet treats are what really shine here, with traditional Christmas pudding, a yule log, and even a Santa’s hat! Delight in some coffee or tea, or really make it an afternoon to remember with a glass of Prosecco or Champagne – you only live once!

Price: €65 per person – Including Prosecco: €75 per person – Including Champagne: €85 per person

Antrim

Galgorm

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Set on the banks of the River Maine, this idyllic hotel is the perfect setting for an afternoon of pampering and luxury. Indulge yourself in the Galgorm’s yuletide afternoon tea offerings in the Conservatory, taking in the winter views over the River Maine and the estate grounds. Seasonal sweets and savouries are, of course, to be expected, featuring some adorable snowmen and Christmas trees for good measure. A memorable time awaits at the Galgorm Hotel.

Price: £45 per person

Belfast

The Merchant Hotel

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Head up north to the historic Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, where the five-star Merchant Hotel is based. Revel in extravagance at its finest with a festive afternoon tea here, where the scent of freshly baked scones follows you all the way into The Great Room Restaurant. Enjoy a tiered stand full of your favourite Christmas delicacies, including mince pies and Christmas cake. The remarkable heritage that lies amongst the Merchant Hotel’s walls guarantees an exquisite afternoon that can only be made better by adding a glass of bubbles to the mix.

Price: £44.50 per person (includes seasonal gift) – Including Champagne: £57.50

Festive Afternoon Tea in Ireland by Sara Abdulmagid

I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!

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