Under certain circumstances there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady.
An afternoon spent eating, drinking and luxuriating is an afternoon well spent. Afternoon tea is one of life’s great pleasures, and if you’re venturing out for a special occasion, you want to be treated like royalty. Our list of the best afternoon tea in Ireland has you covered no matter the occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, or, well, just because! In this guide you’ll find some of the best spots to nibble away at tasty mini sandwiches and decadent treats paired with cosy tea blends and the extravagant vibes to match. Here’s our guide to some of the best afternoon tea in Ireland.
Where better to feel like royalty than at a five-star, luxury castle? A tradition preserved here since 1868, you’ll notice glimmers of history all around, like the original silver tea set presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun in 1896. With views onto the castle’s picturesque gardens, your afternoon tea will be accompanied by freshly baked scones, delicate sandwiches and specialty teas. Alternative diets are accommodated here, with a vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu available. Make it an occasion with their special Champagne Tasting Afternoon tea, where alongside your tea, you’ll receive three samples of champagne – Lanson Père et Fils, Lanson Rosé Label and Lanson White Label. Juniors are not forgotten here, where a special afternoon tea is dedicated just for the kiddos. Everybody is included at the extravagant Ashford Castle.
Price: Standard – €68 PP; Champagne Tasting – €38 PP, Children – €25 PP
Location: County Mayo
Elegance runs throughout this five-star resort, from the breathtaking exterior of the 800 year old castle, to the beautifully manicured gardens. You can sip tea overlooking the magnificent greenery from the comfort of the Manor House, while you enjoy a delicious assortment of dainty patisserie, which are homemade and absolutely delicious. For the savouries, expect the likes of Poached Salmon with a Herb Infused Mayonnaise, Soft Boiled Quails Eggs and Trout Caviar served on Squid Ink Bread – delectable. Gaze upon the architectural gems of the Lafranchini ceiling of Knights and warm up by the fireplace at the idyllic Castlemartyr.
Price: Classic – €90 for 2; Champagne – €110 for 2; Children – €17.50 PP
Location: County Cork
More info: castlemartyrresort.ie/dining/afternoon-tea/
Named the Number One Resort in Europe by the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2022, Adare Manor guarantees an opulent afternoon full of sipping tea and snacking on delectable bite-size nibbles, like West Clare Crab Bellini, or a Baked Limerick Ham Croque Monsieur. Bask in the magnificent stained glass and ancient-wood carvings of The Gallery whilst you relish in a jewel-box menu of sweet treats, including an appetising Caramel Chocolate Tart. You’ll be dreaming about the splendour that is afternoon tea at Adare Manor.
Price: Traditional – €75 PP; Children – €35 PP
Location: Adare, County Limerick
More info: adaremanor.com/dining/afternoon-tea/
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, Barberstown Castle has been converted into a glamorous hotel, guaranteeing an afternoon of bliss amongst walls holding ancient stories and memories. Weather permitting, opt for your afternoon tea al fresco, admiring Barberstown’s famous Weeping Willow Tree whilst delighting in a selection of exquisite bites, like their dreamy Dark Chocolate Delice with Tonka Bean Ganache. Take a stroll post-tea and admire the elegant surroundings of Barberstown Castle.
Price: Traditional – €35 PP; Prosecco – €44 PP
Location: Straffan, County Kildare
More info: barberstowncastle.ie/garden-bar
Venture out to Kilkenny to the picturesque five-star hotel that is the Lyrath Estate. A preserved 17th Century estate house hidden amongst emerald woodlands, the walls are filled with stories of the most fascinating historic figures that came before you. Afternoon tea here can be experienced in the Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Rooms, where you’ll be repeating the activities undertaken by Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe – indulging on sips and dainty treats like White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Magnums whilst taking in the hotel’s eclectic interiors.
Price: Standard – €40 PP; Prosecco – €53 PP
Location: County Kilkenny
More info: lyrath.com/dine/afternoon-tea/
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. Combine sweet and savoury whilst sipping on a cup of warming tea (or a refreshing glass of bubbles!), where each season brings about a newly themed afternoon tea. Fresh pastries, scones and treats made daily and dined upon in the lavish Lafayette’s Restaurant. 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: Standard – €35 PP; Prosecco – €45 PP; Champagne – €53 PP
Location: Cork City
More info: imperialhotelcork.com/aftenoontea.html
Holding onto its history with pride, Hayfield Manor lives on 150 year old grounds, with the hotel maintaining the touch of the original house it once was. Peer over the gorgeous Weeping Willow tree as you enter the glamour that is Hayfield Manor. Soak up the atmosphere of the classical piano as you enjoy an assortment of inviting pastries, like a Merveilleux Gateaux or a Strawberry Profiterole. Set in the Orchids Restaurant overlooking the hotel’s private gardens, several hours will certainly slip by will ease.
Price: Standard – €48 PP; Prosecco – €58 PP; Champagne – €63 PP; Junior Prince & Princess – €22.50
Location: Cork City
More info: hayfieldmanor.ie/dining/afternoon-tea-cork
A charming hotel right on the famous Eyre Square, The Hardiman welcomes all guests for their joyous afternoon tea tradition. A practice taken by generations of guests here, you’ll revel in a symphony of gentle indulgence with their selection of delectable treats – Salted Caramel and Pistachio tartlet, anyone? Pair with Prosecco for the ultimate delicacy. 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: Standard – €28 PP; Prosecco – €35 PP; Children – €15
Location: County Galway
More info: thehardiman.ie/hotel-dining/afternoon-tea
You’re in for an afternoon of glamour at the K Club, where a dash of celebration is always in the air, no matter the occasion. Based in the original Straffan House wing of the hotel, expect magnificent antiques and a roaring fireplace to really set the mood for what’s sure to be a captivating afternoon full of treats, pastries and comforting teas. The Mango Millinery is catching our eye, with a refreshing combination of Mango Compôte, Mango & Passion Fruit Mousse and a Passion Fruit Sponge – sounds like a tropical dream. Chicken & Truffle sandwiches are also on the menu – an afternoon at the K Club is sure to be a tasty one.
Price: Standard – €55 PP; Champagne – €75 PP; Children – €27.50 PP
Location: County Kildare
More info: kclub.ie/afternoon-tea.html
A dazzling Lodge on Kenmare Bay, Sheen Falls exudes affluence. An afternoon tea here consists of tiers of delicate pastries and treats, artfully created for your satisfaction. Expect homemade scones with clotted cream, jam & zingy lemon curd. If you’re planning your outing for the summer, you’ll be stunned by the views of the waterfalls whilst sipping on the finest teas, but the winter time will always keep you cosy, nestled up by their open fire. Make it a special occasion with a glass of Prosecco, or go that extra mile and opt for the Champagne instead – a glass of Duval Leroy is the perfect indulgence. Surrender to the scenery with a delightful afternoon tea at Sheen Falls Lodge.
Price: Standard – €35 PP; Prosecco – €50.50 PP; Champagne – €57 PP
Location: Kenmare, County Kerry
More info: sheenfallslodge.ie/dine/afternoon-tea
Savour seclusion and beauty at Glenlo Abbey, where you’ll be spoiled and treated like royalty. The elegance of this hotel allows for a memorable afternoon, where comfort, relaxation and pampering are to be expected. Tiers of dainty assortments await at this special place, such as a McGeough’s Smoked Beef Striploin with a Celeriac Remoulade, but make sure to leave room for dessert as there’s a Blood Orange Tart calling our name. Where old-world charm meets contemporary elegance, Glenlo Abbey is the perfect place to get away for a blissful afternoon.
Price: Standard – €45 PP; Champagne – €65 PP
Location: County Galway
An enchanting hotel set on a private island, this 16th century castle maintains the grace of its past whilst incorporating modernity throughout. Appreciate Waterford Castle’s longstanding tradition of afternoon tea with the tastiest treats and mull over a warming cup of tea, the Irish way! Blackberry Madeleines and White Chocolate are on the menu, plus some delightful sandwiches like Smoked Trout with Lemon and Tarragon. Fresh scones and clotted cream are non-negotiable too to finish off an afternoon of decadence. Escape the busy life of the main island as you get whisked away to the privacy of the Waterford Castle Hotel.
Price: €40 PP
Location: County Waterford
This Gothic manor traces back 300 years, where the splendour from the past is still maintained to this day. Lush greenery surrounds this castle, making for a magnificent view that looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale. Take in the surroundings of the castle whilst basking in the extravagance that is their afternoon tea, where mini delights are to be expected, further indulged by a glass (or two!) of bubbles, if the occasion allows. Expect treats like a Choux Bun with Blue Cheese Mousse & Hazelnut Crumble, a Chocolate Cremeux and Peanut Bar and a Pecan Pie with Vanilla Frosting – sounds impeccable.
Price: Standard – €38 PP; Prosecco added – €10; Champagne added – €14 or €16
Location: County Roscommon
More info: kilronancastle.ie/afternoon-tea
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 treats like a Caramel Sticky Toffee 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: Standard – €38 PP; Prosecco – €48 PP; Children – €16 PP
Location: Killarney, County Kerry
An award-winning hotel in the wonderful Laois countryside, The Heritage demonstrates the highest levels of hospitality and can ensure that your time there is certainly well spent. Intricately detailed desserts await, each sounding as delectable as the next. Crisp Raspberry Choux Buns with Raspberry Crackling, Rich Valrhona Chocolate Tartlets and Pistachio & Lemon Financiers – dreamy. 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.
Price: Standard – €39 PP
Location: County Laois
More info: theheritage.com/afternoon-tea.html
Find contentment and comfort at The Killarney Park Hotel, where you can expect five-star hospitality throughout. Savour the long-standing tradition of afternoon tea here, where the scrumptious array of sandwiches await – Dressed Dingle Crab topped with Goatsbridge trout caviar, anyone? Sweeten things up with their Dark Chocolate and Morello Entremets, and make sure to order one of their signature cocktails, like their Leading Lady Martini. The Peregrine is home to airy surroundings that will give you an indoor outdoor atmosphere like no other – you’re sure to love it.
Price: Classic – €45 PP; Prosecco – €58 PP; Champagne – €65 PP
Location: Killarney, County Kerry
More info: killarneyparkhotel.ie/dining/afternoon-tea
If you’re after five-star luxury and sublime designs, the G Hotel is ideal. Uniquely designed surroundings make way for a brilliant afternoon tea, with a range of options on offer for you to choose from. If you’re after the ultimate pampering experience, you can opt for a spa treatment or thermal suite before tantalising your tastebuds with their inviting delicacies. If you want to enjoy an afternoon of guilt-free indulgence, the G Hotel also has a healthy afternoon tea available, where you can delight in a few hours of delicious treats, guilt-free. An array of unique tea flavours are available, such as Apple Crumble tea or a Spicy Caramel Chai – delicious.
Price: Healthy – €35 PP; Spa package – €130 PP; Thermal Suite package – €55 PP; Little Mr & Mrs – €14.50 PP or €26.00 for 2
Location: County Galway
More info: theghotel.ie/dine/afternoon-tea
Set on the banks of the River Maine, this idyllic hotel is the perfect setting for an afternoon of pampering and luxury. As one of the country’s top spa retreats, The Galgorm is the place to be for a day of pampering. Opt for a few tranquil hours in their award-winning Thermal Spa Village, before indulging yourself in their afternoon tea offerings. Serving tradition at its finest, the River Room Conservatory allows you to take in the luscious surroundings of the Resort’s parkland whilst sipping on a pot of tea and nibbling on an array of miniature treats – the Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Éclair sounds like an absolute dream. A memorable time awaits at the Galgorm Hotel.
Price: Mon-Fri – £39.50 PP; Sat & Sun – £41.50; Champagne/Gin – £50
Location: County Antrim
This fairytale-esque castle in the West of Ireland exudes tranquility. Expect classic elegance and charming surroundings full of gardens and lakes. Five-star extravagance awaits, where you’ll be treated like the royals that enjoyed this tradition years before you. Scrumptious sandwiches and handcrafted desserts are served, including Dromoland’s Signature Fruit Cake, alongside inviting pots of freshly brewed tea. An extensive tea menu full of Blacks, Greens, Oolongs, Whites and Infusions can be expected – you’re spoiled for choice at Dromoland Castle, where a perfect setting for an afternoon of bliss awaits.
Price: Classic €49 PP; Champagne – €65 PP; Children – €28
Location: County Clare
More info: dromoland.ie/dining-afternoon-tea
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 an afternoon tea here, where the scent of freshly baked scones follows you all the way into The Great Room Restaurant. Enticing treats are available, each as mouthwatering as the next. Pistachio and Orange Blossom Madeleines, Blueberry and Valrhonas with Opalys Cremieux, Valrhona Azelia Chocolate Spheres – what a delight. Choose from vegetarian, vegan and nut alternative menus if the standard doesn’t suit, because no one should be left out of an afternoon of indulgence. 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: Standard – €42.50 PP; Prosecco – €49.50 PP; Cocktail – €52 PP; Champagne – €55.50 PP
More info: themerchanthotel.com/afternoon-tea
Just a short drive away from Dublin, the Powerscourt Hotel 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 dainty treats, sweets and savouries and some of the finest teas to pair with your bites. Expect the likes of Coronation Mango Chicken with Pickled Grapes for the finger sandwiches, plus Cherry Chocolate Shells and Caramel Chocolate Mousse for the sweet treats. Make it an occasion by opting for a glass of Laurent-Perrier or Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne. Wallow in comfort and treat yourself at the Powerscourt Hotel, where a carefree few hours are guaranteed.
Price: Standard – €55 PP; Champagne – €70/75 PP
Location: County Wicklow
More info: powerscourthotel.com/dining/afternoon-tea
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. The tradition of afternoon tea is enjoyed in the most breathtaking surroundings. Delight over their offerings of delicate finger sandwiches and treats, and bask in the tranquil surrounds of the Manor House gardens, weather permitting. Passionfruit Choux and Fruit Tartlets are on the menu, plus a refreshing Moongate Lemonade is served. An unforgettable few hours will pass with ease here.
Price: Standard – €45 PP; Champagne – €60 PP; Children – €25 PP
Location: County Kilkenny
More info: mountjuliet.ie/afternoon-tea
Old meets new at the fabulous Carton House. Based on the outskirts of Dublin, escape the busy life of the 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. Sip on the aromatic teas on offer as you enjoy your afternoon tea treats, where everything from Chicken with Pancetta and Pickled Muscat Grape to Crunchy Meringue with Orange and Grapefruit are on offer. Bask in the captivating surroundings of Carton House for a wonderful afternoon tea.
Price: Standard – €55 PP; Champagne – €73 PP
Location: Maynooth, County Kildare
More info: cartonhouse.com/dining/afternoon-tea
Retreat in the comfort of the Bushmills Inn, where a warm welcome is always guaranteed in this boutique hotel. Set against the backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway, you’ll step back in time with this spot’s rich Irish history, steeped in charm. Dine upon seasonal savouries like Smoked Salmon Roulade Crositini, freshly baked scones with whiskey-soaked raisins and mini desserts like Strawberry & Elderflower Crème Brulée. Turn your afternoon into a truly decadent experience with a glass of bubbles and really treat yourself at the Bushmills Inn.
Price: Standard – £35 PP; Cocktail – £44 PP; Pink Sparkling – £43.50 PP; Champagne – £48 PP
Location: County Antrim
More info: bushmillsinn.com/afternoon-tea
A hotel with a setting perfect for a hedonistic hideaway, the Cashel Palace Hotel assures a tranquil few hours away from the world. Expect an exceptional experience here, where your afternoon tea will be filled with ultimate glamour. Tiered cake stands will be laden with alluring treats like Cappuccino Eclairs and Pear Mousse, which you can savour as you admire the fabulous adornments of the impressive Queen Anne Room. Weather permitting, you can take your afternoon tea on the Garden Terrace, gazing upon the luscious gardens of Cashel Palace.
Price: Standard – €50 PP; Prosecco – €60 PP; Champagne – €70 PP; Champagne Rosé – €79 PP
Location: County Tipperary
More info: cashelpalacehotel.ie/dining/afternoon-tea
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