The Best Irish Afternoon Tea

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Spending time together is the greatest gift you could give your mum this Mother’s Day and what better way to catch up than over one of these Afternoon Teas.

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

Galgorm Afternoon Tea

Dazzle your taste buds with afternoon tea: The Diamond Edit in The Conservatory of Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort. Indulge in a feast of fashionable finger food in the magnificent bespoke glass creation that perfectly frames the stunning setting of the cascading River Maine and lush parkland of the resort. Take in the beautiful surroundings as your server brings you a pot of freshly brewed tea, chosen from a carefully selected menu of teas sourced to complement your food perfectly. The Diamond Edit offers a decadent array of sweet and savoury delights, including a selection of finely cut sandwiches, buttermilk scones, dark chocolate and raspberry delice and much more, all housed within an elegant jewellery box. Their creative team are continually coming up with twists on afternoon tea classics to surprise and delight guests, ensuring every visit to Galgorm for afternoon tea offers something truly unique and memorable.

Cost: Midweek Afternoon Tea, £25.95pp; Weekend Afternoon Tea, £28.95pp.                                            Booking is Essential: Phone 028 2588 1001. galgorm.com

Lough Erne Resort

Lough Erne Afternoon Tea

Lough Erne Resort’s picturesque backdrop of the Fermanagh Lakelands offers the perfect complement to the resort’s decadent afternoon tea which can be enjoyed whilst relaxing among the hotel’s sumptuous sofas and open fires. Curated by Noel McMeel and served on the world-famous Belleek Pottery china, the indulgent experience offers an enticing selection of finger sandwiches, patisseries, freshly baked scones served with home-made preserves and Irish whipped cream. The classic afternoon tea has been given a modern Irish twist as guests can enjoy the addition of speciality tea menus, from classic Earl Grey, to fragrant Jasmine, luxurious Irish Whiskey Cream or Classic Chai. The resort also offers a ‘G & Tea’ option, giving guests the opportunity to combine sweet treats with a deliciously refreshing gin cocktail of their choice.

Cost: Traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily between 2pm-4pm Priced at £25pp. Why not upgrade to ‘Sparkling Afternoon Tea’ at £33pp, ‘G&T Afternoon Tea’ at £35pp or ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea’ at £39pp. There is also a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday 22nd March.                                                                 Booking is Essential: Phone 028 6632 3230. lougherneresort.com

Sheen Falls Lodge

Sheen falls Lodge Afternoon Tea

Make this Mother’s Day truly special with the Sheen Falls Lodge afternoon tea with Prosecco. Enjoyed in the elegant Falls Restaurant overlooking the Sheen Falls, the talented culinary team has created a contemporary menu, with a nod to tradition featuring seasonal sourced ingredients. Begin your afternoon tea experience with a selection of savoury delights from the Sheen Falls signature smoked salmon with horseradish cream to the crab scented with lemon and lime. Followed by an assortment of breads and freshly baked cakes, pastries, homemade scones (fruit and plain), served with clotted cream, jam and lemon curd. The pièce de résistance comes in the form of the top tier, where you can indulge in spectacular selection of sweet delights.The resident pianist will also be on hand to make this day even more special.

Cost: Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea will be served on Sunday, 22ndMarch in The Falls Restaurant from 1pm to 4pm, priced at €30pp.                                                                                                                                     Booking is Essential: Phone 064 6641600. sheenfallslodge.ie

 Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast Afternoon Tea

On Mothering Sunday step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and five-star service with a Sunday Afternoon Tea at Titanic Belfast. Located on the top floors of Titanic Belfast overlooking the Titanic Slipways and Belfast Lough, where the world famous liner was designed, built and launched, the Titanic Suites offers the most spectacular setting for afternoon tea. Dine on a sumptuous menu featuring a selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with fresh cream, mouth-watering sweet treats and tasty savoury bites served on White Star line branded crockery by the replica of the liner’s famous Grand Staircase. You will be able to choose from a selection of tea blends, including luxury loose leaf Thompson’s Tea. Alternatively, why not add a little sparkle to your day with a glass of Prosecco, Champagne or a signature cocktail as you enjoy the live jazz band!

Cost: Afternoon Tea, £28.50pp.                                                                                                                     Booking is Essential: Phone 028 9076 6386. titanicbelfast.com

Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford

Four Seasons Carlingford

This Mother’s Day treat your mum to afternoon tea in the luxurious surroundings of the newly renovated ‘Lobby’ at the Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford. With picturesque draped curtains and nautical teal, inspired seating arrangements, all under the shimmering chandeliers in the Lobby centre, this is the perfect place to enjoy their Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a variety of delicious, homemade, bite-sized treats including colourful macaroons, dainty rectangular sandwiches, freshly made scones with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, jams and more, all accompanied by their premium teas and coffees served in charismatic fine china. As an extra treat, this exclusive Mother’s Day offer also offers you the choice of a relaxing back massage or mini facial in the tranquillity of the newly renovated Luxe Spa. A truly lovely gift and the perfect way to spend the afternoon together.

Cost: Sparkling Afternoon Tea €24.95pp. Beau-Tea-Ful Afternoon (Spa Treatment with Sparkling Afternoon Tea) €69pp.                                                                                                                                                     Booking is Essential: 042 9373530. 4seasonshotelcarlingford.ie

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Fitzwilliam Hotel Afternoon Tea

Awarded the AA Hotel of the Year Northern Ireland 2019-2020, the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast offers five-star fabulousness in the very heart of Belfast City Centre and is the perfect location to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea this Mother’s Day. The hotel offers an intimate and tranquil haven for those wishing to get away from it all and afternoon tea is served in the hotel’s ultra-chic bar. Here you will enjoy a selection of finely cut seasonal sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a mouth-watering range of exquisitely presented pastries, accompanied by selection of teas or coffees and a glass of Prosecco or a mocktail.

Cost: Afternoon Tea is served from 1- 4pm daily. Priced at £27pp person including a glass of Prosecco or Mocktail and £35pp including a glass of Henri Abele Brut Champagne or Cocktail.                                      Booking is Essential: Phone 028 9044 2080. fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com

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