Queen Victoria visited Luttrellstown Castle twice during her reign where she enjoyed afternoon tea and to celebrate this, along with the 200th anniversary of her birth, Luttrellstown Castle Resort has launched its Queen Victoria inspired Christmas Afternoon Tea at €50 per person. Served each Sunday in December, the afternoon tea menu, prepared by head chef Nathan Greensmith, includes finger sandwiches of plain, cinnamon and rum and raisin scones, white chocolate, pineapple and honey cheesecake and of course, a miniature Victoria Sponge. Add a glass of champagne for €65 per person; www.luttrellstowncastle.com.
The perfect recovery after a busy day of Christmas shopping in Dublin has to be a festive afternoon tea in the elegant Georgian Drawing Rooms in The Merrion, surrounded by the hotel’s art collection and antiques at €59 per person. Delicate finger sandwiches, gingerbread, Viennese bridge rolls, meringues, mince pies, gateaux and more will be on offer until December 31. This year The Merrion have added a vegan afternoon tea. From December 16 – 23 the festive afternoon tea will be accompanied by Christmas Carols. €65 per person for Festive Afternoon Tea with Carols; www.merrionhotel.com.
The sumptuous Traditional Afternoon Tea at Killashee, Co Kildare, €30 per person, is available until December 22. Catch up with friends in the elegant surrounds of Turners Restaurant where savoury treats like goats cheese mousse with red onion jam on focaccia, spiced beef and horseradish sliders, mini smoked salmon and crème fraiche tarts precede sweet treats and scones. Why not add some bubbles to the experience and opt for the Sparkling Afternoon Tea, €35 per person? www.kilasheehotel.com
The Shelbourne provides an elegant sanctuary and the ideal place to relax and catch-up with friends and family over its Festive Afternoon Tea, served in the iconic Lord Mayor’s Lounge, available until New Year’s Day. Sparkling chandeliers, the glow of the fire, impeccable service and delicate piano music playing in the background are all part of the experience. Not forgetting the menu of salmon, egg and roast turkey finger sandwiches with buttermilk scones with clotted cream and Shelbourne preserves, and warm homemade ginger bread, from €59; www.theshelbourne.com.
Enjoy a three-tiered feast of savoury and sweet treats at Wineport Lodge while your eyes feast on the captivating views over Lough Ree. From €30 per person with both coeliac and gluten free options available, it is available until December 22; www.wineport.ie.
Afternoon Tea at Glenlo Abbey hotel is a special experience and the ideal way to unwind after a day spent shopping in Galway city. Served every day from 1.30 – 4.30pm in the elegant Kentfield Suite during the week and in the timeless elegance of the River Room Restaurant at weekends. It is priced at €30 per person or €35 per person will a glass of mulled wine; www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie.
Always special is the festive Afternoon Tea at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Co Wicklow, served in the Sugar Loaf Lounge, which frames the spectacular scenery outside. It is available with or without champagne, and offers guests a selection of culinary delights including pastries, freshly baked scones, mince pies and delicate finger sandwiches. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 1-4pm, the Classic Afternoon Tea is €45 per person and Champagne Afternoon Tea is €55 per person; www.powerscourthotel.com.
Available until January 5 in the Manor House, Afternoon Tea at Mount Juliet features festive favourites such as gingerbread men, mince pies as well as gateau opera, cinnamon and orange madeleines, mini apple and raspberry tarts and, of course, delicious finger sandwiches and savouries. Surrounded by fine paintings, antiques and china, the Festive Afternoon Tea at Mount Juliet Estate also includes a cranberry drink with a mulled wine foam, available Monday to Sunday from 1-5 pm at €40 per person. www.mountjuliet.ie
One of the most breathtaking rooms in the country is The Gallery at Adare Manor, the Dunraven family’s favourite room, where Festive Afternoon Tea comprises three tiers of delicious sweet and savoury treats with a festive twist. Starting from €55 per person it is available to book until January 6. There are two Evening Teas on December 12 and 19 with music from Jane Fraser and they are served from 5:30pm at €85 per person. www.adaremanor.ie.
Visitors to Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links can expect speciality teas, a delicious assortment of small cakes, pastries and savouries and of course the option of a few glasses of bubbles, all part of its Afternoon Tea by the Sea menu. Served in the Seaview Lounge, with great views of Ireland’s Eye, Christmas Afternoon Tea is from €38 per person; www.portmarnock.com.
The luxurious Festive Afternoon Tea, (€40) at the InterContinental Dublin is served in the Lobby Lounge or Reading Room. Delicious finger and open sandwiches, light buttermilk scones and cream, as well as miniature desserts are all included. So they won’t feel left out, there is also a Children’s Afternoon Tea available, priced at €15; www.intercontinental.com.
The Westin Dublin’s delicious Festive Afternoon Tea, at €42 per person, is served fireside in the redesigned Atrium Lounge. With its five storey high glass ceiling and lush, textured design, the Atrium Lounge is the ideal spot to sit back and relax after a day of Christmas shopping. The new afternoon tea menu includes classics and contemporary twists on sweet and savoury favourites. [email protected] or call 01 645 1149.