Last year a friend and work colleague of mine and I started going for afternoon tea around the Sligo area. So far we have been to three places and I reviewed them on the blog in the past. Now that I have moved to County Kildare, I would like to extend the list. It is probably not the cheapest hobby and certainly not the best if you want to look after your figure…BUT it’s not like we are planning on doing this every week. More than likely it’s every few months because one of us will always have to travel and that involves a cost too of course.
Afternoon tea can also be a great way to catch up with all friends. Sometimes it’s better to have a bit of everything rather than having a huge lunch or dinner. Afternoon tea generally starts around 2pm and in most places you have to reserve in advanced. We got caught before where we didn’t reserve but ended up taking someone elses place who did reserve. (oops)
Prices for Afternoon tea ranges from €19.99 to the more posh one which is €40. These are generally in upper class hotels like The Ritz, Four Seasons, you name it. We have experienced afternoon tea in hotels as well as restaurants in the past. For me afternoon tea in hotels are much better than they are restaurant but that might have been also just a bad experience we had.
The following list of afternoon teas I handpicked from across the country with the help of my friend Sandra who will join me in most of these (I hope anyway)
• Traditional Afternoon Tea Ashford Castle
” The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868 – you’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896.”
• Afternoon Tea at Killashee House
“Afternoon Tea in Turners is one of our favourite traditions. Served from 2pm-5pm in the serene surrounding of Turners Restaurant, it’s the perfect grown up treat. Chat over a delicious spread of dainty sandwiches, spoil yourself with some delicious cakes, catch up on gossip or simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of our gardens.”
• Afternoon Tea on a Vintage Bus Tour
“There’s no better way to experience the city than on our Vintage Routemaster. Experience our freshly prepared seasonal afternoon tea and sit back and enjoy the sites of the Dublin City.”
• Afternoon tea at Powerscourt Hotel
“Watch the world go by while enjoying a scrumptious Afternoon Tea in the Sugar Loaf Lounge, overlooking the mountain after which the lounge is named.”
• Afternoon Tea at The Westin
The Westin has many different afternoon tea options including the traditional afternoon tea, mad hatters afternoon tea and even take away afternoon tea. They also have an option for children to enjoy afternoon tea.
• Mobile Afternoon Tea with SocialBee
I came across this crowd online while browsing for afternoon tea in all different places in Ireland. They offer afternoon tea on the go whether that’s for your wedding reception, your own private in your four walls or a romantic picnic in the park. They provide it all. Pretty cool.
• Afternoon Tea at the G Hotel Galway
Apparently the best afternoon tea in Galway. We shall see.
• Afternoon Tea at Titanic Belfast
“Step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service with our Titanic Sunday Afternoon Tea. Set in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite featuring the stunning replica staircase, our Afternoon Tea is an experience not to be missed!”
• Afternoon Tea at Ardgillian Castle
“Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in our stunning Drawing Room, an inspirational Downton Abbey-esque ambiance that once belonged to the Taylor family, savouring a selection of delectable treats. Soak up the eighteenth century setting and embrace the character of Ardgillan. Sit back, relax and enjoy.”
• Afternoon Tea at the K Club
“Relax and enjoy Afternoon Tea in the The K Club’s opulent Chinese Drawing Room overlooking our outdoor terrace and beautiful manicured gardens with open log fires.”
Have you ever experienced Afternoon Tea before?