Afternoon tea at Corick House Hotel and Spa, County Tyrone
Northern Ireland has a big appetite for the dainty sandwiches, fluffy scones and buttery cakes and pastries that make up the afternoon tea tradition.
From the lavish to the quaint, here’s a selection of popular places to go for a splendid afternoon tea.
The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
For the ultimate luxury afternoon tea experience, a visit to the 5* Merchant Hotel in Belfast’s City Centre is a must.
The traditional afternoon tea is served with a selection of finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and scones with clotted cream;all gracing a silver tea stand and a choice of tea or coffee . A Champagne afternoon tea option is also available.
Galgorm Resort & Spa, County Antrim
Set in 163 acres of lush parkland and with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, the 4* Galgorm Resort & Spa has a truly unique and beautiful setting.
Enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches and miniature savouries, freshly baked scones and delicate miniature desserts in the exquisite River Room Conservatory.
Lough Erne Resort, County Fermanagh
Enjoy the 5* Lough Erne Resort‘s selection of afternoon teas while taking in the stunning views over Castle Hume Lough.
From traditional afternoon tea with a selection of specialty teas to indulgent chocolate or pink Champagne, you can share this afternoon tea in the company of friends and family.
Served daily, 2-4pm.
Ballydougan Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, County Armagh
For something a little different, pay a visit to Ballydougan Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, in the wonderful surroundings of a restored Linen Barn. Relax and enjoy scones and sweet treats, all freshly prepared with the finest local produce, and served on Ballydougan’s famous hand-thrown pottery.
Make a day of it and join in on one of the pottery classes or bring a piece of Ballydougan home from the gift shop.
Monday to Saturday, 3-5pm.
Everglades Hotel, County Londonderry
The 4* Hastings Everglades Hotel is the perfect spot for an afternoon tea when in County Londonderry.
With a stunning range of aromatic brews and plates of dainty sandwiches, fluffy scones, buttery cakes and pastries, opt for the traditional tea or treat yourself and your friends to a sparkling Prosecco afternoon tea.
Served daily, 12.30-4.30pm.
The Old Inn, County Down
The quiet intimacy of 4* The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn is the ideal hideaway for an afternoon tea.
Sink happily into a comfortable chair and indulge in a Victorian style tea complete with a selection of specialty teas, homemade bakes and dainty sandwiches. Or for an extra special treat, add a glass of sparkling wine or champagne.
Served daily, 10am-noon and 3-5pm (Sundays 10am-noon only).
Step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service with a Sunday Afternoon Tea at Titanic Belfast. Set in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite, featuring the stunning replica staircase from RMS Titanic, guests can enjoy live jazz as they dine.
Enjoy a delicious menu featuring a selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with fresh cream, mouth-watering sweet treats and tasty savoury bites! Children can choose from a special Afternoon Tea menu for those aged 2-11.
No Afternoon Tea would be complete without the tea itself and guests can choose from a selection of blends, including our luxury loose leaf Thompson’s Tea, served in replica White Star Line crockery or add a little fizz to their day by including a glass of Prosecco or Champagne!
Sundays, with sittings between 12:30 and 14:30
Corick House Hotel and Spa
Escape to the 4* Corick House Hotel and Spa nestled in the heart of the Clogher Valley. This idyllic 17th century period style house offers a haven of tranquillity and charm and is the perfect location for a relaxing afternoon tea experience.
Enjoy a selection of gourmet sandwiches, breads and scones complemented with seasonal berry preserve and Irish clotted cream before indulging in an assortment of house baked cakes and pastries. Served with specialty tea, coffee or a glass of Prosecco.
Monday to Saturday, 12-3pm.
Maryville Tea Room, Belfast
Maryville House, a fine example of a Victorian gentleman’s residence, is situated on the cosmopolitan Lisburn Road in Belfast and is home to a classically styled tearoom.
Beautifully renovated and opened in 2010 as a boutique bed and breakfast, the tea rooms offer a delicious range of breakfast, light lunches and home-baked fayre.
At Maryville Tea Room, famed for its Afternoon Tea, you can enjoy gourmet sandwiches, homemade scones with cream and jam and sweet treats all served with freshly prepared barista coffees and premium loose teas in stylish fine china.
Tea Room open Monday to Saturday, 8.30am-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.
The Grouse, Ballymena
The Grouse is the perfect place to escape to for an afternoon tea, away from the busy shoppers in the haert of Ballymena's bustling town centre. Relax in elegant surroundings beside one of the cosy fires and enjoy a delicious selection of freshly cut sandwiches, fluffy scones with cream and jam, delicate cakes and pastries and a choice from our tea and coffee menu. Those a little more adventurous can always opt for the Sparkling Prosecco Afternoon Tea. Served daily from 15:00 - 17:00.
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