Throughout December, enjoy some seasonal favourites and joyful treats with there delectable festive afternoon teas in Blue Book Houses 

1. The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

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The perfect recovery after a busy day of Christmas Shopping in Dublin has to be a festive afternoon tea in the elegant 5 Star Merrion Hotel's Georgian Drawing Rooms, surrounded by the hotel's priceless collection of art and antiques. Delicate finger sandwiches, gingerbread, Viennese bridge rolls, meringues, mince pies, gateaux and more will be on offer from the 1st to the 31st of December.

From: €59 per person for Festive Afternoon Tea

On the 2nd, 9th and from the 16th to 23rd of December, the festive afternoon tea will be accompanied by Christmas Carols.

From: €65 per person for Festive Afternoon Tea with Carols

For more information please call The Merrion directly on 01603 0600

2. Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

Served Monday to Friday in the elegant Kentfield Suite and in the Riverview Room on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Afternoon Tea at Glenlo Abbey is a truly indulgent 5 Star treat. Expect all the classics such as fresh, home-baked scones, seasonal sandwiches and delicate pastriesglenlo abbey festive afternoon tea

Glenlo Abbey's Festive Afternoon Tea is served Monday to Sunday, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, starting December 1st and continuing through the festive season.

From: €30 Per Person or €35 with a glass of mulled wine

For more information please call Glenlo Abbey Hotel on 091 519600

3. Mount Juliet Estate, Co Kilkenny

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Available from the 29th of November to the 5th of January in the Manor House, this very special Afternoon Tea at Mount Juliet will feature 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.

In the charming setting of Mount Juliet, surrounded by fine paintings, antiques and china, this festive treat is a delicious celebration of all the good things that come with this most wonderful time of year. The Festive Afternoon Tea at Mount Juliet Estate also includes a cranberry drink with a mulled wine foam.

Festive Afternoon Tea at Mount Juliet Estate is available Monday to Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm

From: €40 per person

For more information please contact Mount Juliet directly on 056 777 3000.


4. Killarney Royal, Co Kerry

Sit in Killarney Royal by the crackling open fire for a Festive Afternoon Tea offering. Experience the warm relaxing ambience of the lobby lounge as you spoil yourself this Christmas. Delight in the homemade mince pies, mini desserts or the buttery scones with fluffy cream and jam.killarney royal festive afternoon tea

 Afternoon Tea is served from 1st of December until the 7th of January from 12:30 pm until 5.00 pm

From: €38.00 for two people (includes tea/coffee and a glass of mulled wine) 

For more information please contact Killarney Royal on 064 663 1853


5. Hayfield Manor, Cork


Join Hayfield Manor and indulge in a delightful festive Afternoon Tea during the Christmas month with family or friends. Relax in elegant Orchids Restaurant and let the Manor atmosphere envelop you, as you savour dainty delights and festive delicacies in elegant surrounds throughout the month of December. Spoil yourself this Christmas and join in this luxury sanctuary of festive cheer.

Festive Afternoon Tea is served on two sittings daily, from 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm. (Throughout December)

From: €38.00 per person

For more information please contact Hayfield Manor directly on 021 484 5900

 6. Castle Grove Country House, Co. Donegal

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Offering an enchanting blend of romance and old-world charm, Castle Grove’s Afternoon Tea experience is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and while away the hours in elegant yet informal surroundings.

Cosy into one of the antique armchairs and enjoy a three-tiered platter of savoury and sweet bites, lovingly prepared by hand in the award-winning kitchen

This December, Castle Grove is offering a special Christmas Afternoon Tea including special festive treats, in the beautifully decorated drawing-room.

For more information please contact Castle Grove Country House on 074 9151118

 7. Butler House, Co. Kilkenny

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Afternoon Tea at Butler House is the perfect way to unwind after a day of festive shopping in Kilkenny City. Overlooking the gardens through the magnificent bay windows of the tea rooms, guests can enjoy 3 tiers of sweet and savoury delights, such as mince pies, a traditional yule log and more.

Add a glass of bubbles or pink gin for added indulgence.

Festive Afternoon Tea is served from November 23rd to December 6th, from 12 pm to 4 pm on weekdays and 12 pm to 5 pm at weekends. 

From: €29.00 per person

For more information please contact Butler House and Garden on 056 7722828

8. Bushmills Inn, Co. Antrim

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Served in the newly renovated cosy loft, the Festive Afternoon Tea menu at Bushmills Inn includes decadent treats such as pork, apricot and pistachio sausage rolls, turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwiches, wee gingerbread men and mulled wine red-velvet cake. Take your celebration to the next level with a glass of pink bubbles or champagne. 

Available from Wednesday to Saturday, 12 pm to 4 pm, from November 20th to December 28th. 

From: £28 per person

For more information please contact Bushmills Inn on +44(0)2820733000