Three Places To Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

It’s officially Afternoon Tea week and the tradition is still going strong 180 years after it was first introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford …

For fashion lovers The Westbury’s Afternoon Tea, hosted in The Gallery, celebrates a five year partnership with the National College of Art and Design. Guests can sample exquisitely designed desserts by Executive Pastry Chef, Ray Encarnacion, inspired by budding fashion Irish designers. Dora Oduro Newman, Elizabeth Omowumi and Una King’s designs, among others, have been recreated in artistic confections of pastry, sponge and meringue. Available until mid-September, the NCAD Afternoon Tea costs €55 per person, with additional costs for a Champagne Afternoon Tea, from €70 per person. To book, phone 01 646 3311 or visit www.doylecollection.com.

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, located in Killarney National Park, Co Kerry is the perfect setting to sit back, relax and sample the hotel’s brand new Veuve Clicquot Champagne Afternoon Tea in Monk’s Lounge (€45) or Mrs Herbert’s traditional Afternoon Tea, €29.50. Guests will be treated to gourmet sandwiches, mini-desserts and pastries, with vegetarian and gluten free options available. For more information or to book call (0)64 6623400 or email info@muckrosspark.com.

Located half an hour outside of Dublin city centre, guests at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow can enjoy views of the Sugar Loaf mountains as they enjoy a menu of sweet and savoury delicacies. Afternoon Tea comprises innovative finger sandwiches as well as Ballycotton oak smoked salmon served with soda bread. Leave room for miniature desserts and warm scones. Midweek prices start at €35 with tea or coffee, while at the weekend it costs €45 with tea or coffee or €55 with a glass of bubbles. www.powerscourthotel.com

Penny McCormick

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