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Festive Afternoon Teas To Book Now

At this time of year afternoon tea gets a festive makeover. Christmassy alternatives replace the traditional cakes and sandwiches. Think turkey and cranberry sandwiches, warm gingerbread, mince pies, mulled wine and a glass of bubbly. If this sounds like your perfect winter afternoon, here’s where to book …

Butler House & Garden, Kilkenny

Served in one of the most magnificent dining rooms in Kilkenny, afternoon tea in Butler House Kilkenny is a charming experience. Served daily from 12.30pm – 4pm, the decadent menu is filled with sweet and savoury delights along with a choice of bespoke teas and a glass of champagne. From €35 per person, the Festive Afternoon Tea runs in tandem with its Christmas Garden from the end of November to the first week of January; www.butler.ie.

Luttrellstown Castle, Co Kildare

If you’ve read Emily Hourican’s novel The Glorious Guinness Girls, you’ll be familiar with Aileen Guinness, one of the former owners of Luttrellstown Castle. Aileen organised some of the most fabulous parties at the castle during the 1920s and 1930s. Channelling the glamour of this era is the Great Gatsby themed afternoon tea, which has been planned by new pastry chef Robert Sarowski. On the menu is posh sandwiches (braised ham hock with mustard remoulade, Howth smoked salmon with trout caviar, Coronation Chicken and cucumber and St Tola goat’s cheese on toasted brioche) as well as scones and lots of decadent desserts. Think lemon meringue, hazelnut and chocolate cake, white chocolate and raspberry mousse and sherry trifle. Bookings have just opened and prices are from €55 per person and Champagne Afternoon Tea is €70 per person; www.luttrellstowncastle.com.

The Westbury, Dublin 2

When it comes to festive gatherings, The Westbury always delivers an impressive spread. Festive Afternoon Tea in The Gallery, overlooking Grafton Street, is a tradition for many families and no wonder – it’s a lovely inclusive atmosphere with an indulgent menu. Priced from €60 per person or add a glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne from €78 per person; www.doylecollection.com.

Glenlo Abbey Estate, Galway

An elegant sanctuary on a chilly winter’s afternoon, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate provides a warm, welcoming retreat from the hustle and bustle of Galway City during the hectic Christmas season. The Festive Afternoon Tea menu, €40 per person with a glass of mulled wine, is served in the elegant River Room and offers finger sandwiches, warm buttermilk scones with clotted cream and preserves, and warm homemade ginger bread. Add sweet festive treats everything from traditional cakes and pastries to divine desserts and chocolatey delights. Accompanied by a selection of teas or coffees. There is also a Children’s Festive Afternoon Tea available for €20 per child; www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie.

The Killarney Royal, Co Kerry

A Christmas afternoon tea wouldn’t be the same without sitting by an open fire. That’s part of the appeal at The Killarney Royal, where afternoon tea is served in its Lobby Lounge. Served from 12.30pm until 5pm, it includes a glass of mulled wine, homemade mince pies, mini desserts, buttery scones with a selection of open and closed sandwiches. From €38.00 for two people; www.killarneyroyal.ie.

Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny

This is a sumptuous affair and deserves to be savoured. Festive Afternoon Tea, €40 per person, consists of a delicately delicious menu of finger sandwiches, homemade scones, jams, macarons, cakes and spiced mulled wine. For extra sparkle, choose the Champagne Christmas Afternoon Tea, €55. The afternoon tea is available on Saturdays and Sundays from November 27 until January 2; www.killarneyroyal.ie.

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Co Kerry

The new Tea Room at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, designed by Adrian McCarthy Interiors, is pretty and glamorous with a hint of Art Deco and a soupçon of theatricality. Pink ostrich feathers, gold accents, animal print, marble and greenery are the Ab Fab backdrop to afternoon tea. There are two different menus – one classic, one vegan, both €35 per person – created by executive chef Scott Kapitan to reflect the setting. Elegant sandwiches, freshly baked scones and delicate desserts are paired with a choice of 20 teas from Ronnefeldt Teas, one of Europe’s oldest and world-leading tea houses. There’s the option to add a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for €22, or a flight for €25, sampling all three of the Brut, Demi-Sec and Rosé styles. Served daily with sittings at 1pm and 3pm; www.muckrosspark.com.

The Shelbourne, Dublin

Available from November 19, the Festive Afternoon Tea in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge is the sum of many parts. Sparkling chandeliers, the glow of the fire, impeccable service and delicate piano music – it’s a Dublin institution. On the menu: finger sandwiches (whiskey-cured smoked salmon with mustard, roast turkey with mayonnaise and onion stuffing, cherry vine tomato with feta cheese and egg mayonnaise with cress) delicious scones, warm gingerbread. Other festive treats include vanilla and pomegranate pannacotta, coconut macaroons with white chocolate ganache, mango and passionfruit gel, Black Forest éclairs and pecan pie. Accompanied by tea or coffee, the Classic Festive Afternoon Tea is €62 per person and the Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea is €79. The children’s Festive Afternoon Tea is also available for €30 per child; www.TheShelbourne.com.

The Heritage, Co Laois

The Festive Afternoon Tea menu at The Heritage offers finger sandwiches, including honey baked ham with mustard aioli, brie and cranberry; shrimp cocktail on brown soda bread with cucumber; poached free range chicken with damson chutney and more. You’ll also find delicious warm fruit and plain scones served with locally made jam and clotted cream. Continue the indulgence with home-made mince pies, deconstructed white chocolate and cranberry cheesecake and pecan pie with orange curd – yum! Available from €36 per person from November 22; www.theheritage.com.

The Hardiman, Galway

If you are heading to Galway for its Christmas Market – which opens on November 12 until December 22, then why not book Festive Afternoon Tea at The Hardiman? Served fireside in the Oyster Lounge, it’s €28 per person. The sandwich selection sounds enticing and includes smoked turkey and cranberry aioli; cured smoked salmon and dill with cream cheese; truffled egg mayonnaise and chive salad and beetroot and goats cheese focaccias. These are followed by red velvet cake, salted caramel and pistachio tartlet and of course buttermilk scones with cream and jam. Sure it’s Christmas – don’t think about the calories! www.thehardiman.ie

The Westin, Dublin

The Westin has just reopened after a multi-million investment programme and redesign by the Dublin-based architecture and interior design firm NODA. The hotel has expanded its Atrium Lounge, where Afternoon Tea is served and also created an additional space, the Library, and the addition of 19 beautifully appointed bedrooms overlooking Trinity College and Westmoreland Street. If you visit, check out an etched brass map of Dublin city in 1830, which was commissioned and designed by ArtLoves. There are lots of architectural drawings of the 19th-century Bank building, as well as prints proudly displayed in The Print Room, which leads to The Banking Hall. Signature Afternoon Tea is €49 per person or €65 with a glass of N.V Perrier Jouet, Brut. The airy Atrium is flooded with light and if you book at the weekend, guests will enjoy the resident pianist who plays from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon; www.thewestinhoteldublin.com.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

If you’re coming to Dublin for a Christmas shopping trip, then why not make a special night of it. The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin’s festive afternoon tea package includes an overnight stay in a signature double/twin rooms with full Irish breakfast for two from €299 per room per night; www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com.


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