Everyone loves a good up of tea – and if it comes with a scone, cake and sandwich or two in the process, then all the better! If you’re treating yourself to a long-weekend or short break in Ireland, then why not incorporate one of these fantastic tea room experiences into your itinerary?
Today, this classic experience is highly trendy once again and appeals to baking lovers of all ages. In Belfast the Merchant Hotel is a popular choice, with very opulent surroundings and an incredibly luxurious tea served on silver platters. Why not accompany it with some champagne for a truly lavish experience? Also in Belfast, the Ten Square Hotel is a popular choice, and the Titanic Belfast, which actually has a replica of the famous ship’s staircase.
In County Antrim, the Ballygally Castle is a top choice, and well known for its fantastic speciality coffees and teas, along with a vast range of cakes. It also has a lovely beach walk opposite.
If you’re staying at a luxury B&B in Northern Ireland, then the Ballydougan Coffee Lounge will delight you with the stunning surroundings of Bloomvale House. There are also gifts to buy and on-site pottery classes to enjoy if you want to make a full day of it. Another great choice is the Charlemont, which specialises in local and seasonal fare and is surrounded by great trails and walks.
Mountain Views and Log Fires
In County Down, visit Crawfordsburn for a comfy and cosy afternoon with chocolate dipped fruit and lovely deep sofas by the fire! This venue is wonderful in the colder months in particular. You’ll love the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa too which is by the sea and offers wonderful mountain views of Mourne.
Why not head to the Lough Erne Resort and Spa in Co Fermanagh where the beautiful afternoon tea is complemented by log fires in the Garden Hall and stunning views across Castle Hume Lough. There’s even a chocolate afternoon tea. Finish off the day with a stay in the wonderful Luxury B&B Northern Ireland located Ashbrook House, which will really round off your trip perfectly.
You’ll find afternoon tea options at most hotels, venues and cafes across Ireland – which is your absolute favourite?