Afternoon Tea has to be one of our favourite indulgent treats - a feel-good way to treat ourselves at the end of a long week, to add a touch of glamour to a catch up with friends, or to celebrate a special birthday, promotion or engagement.
While away an afternoon, nibbling on finger sandwiches, miniature cakes and desserts, and sip loose-leaf tea from delicate china. What could be more luxurious?!
Well, to step up the indulgence one bit further, you might add a glass of bubbly to the mix. We’ve put together 6 hotels around Ireland that are adding a touch of sparkle to afternoon tea
The Wineport Lodge
The menu includes delicious savoury treats such as Smoked Atlantic Salmon and Chive Finger Sandwiches and Cashel Blue Cheese and Roast Pepper Quiche. But you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert and indulge your sweet tooth with The Wineport’s homemade mini scones with preserves and cream, and zingy citrus madeleines. Add a glass of prosecco, or even a glass of champagne if celebrations are in order, or if you just feel like treating yourself.
The Wineport Lodge is offering Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco for €36 per person, €42 with a glass of champagne, or €30 for a Classic Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea at Bushmills Inn is served in the elegant but cosy surroundings of their Coach House loft. Seasonal savouries such as pork and apple sausage rolls, dainty finger sandwiches with delicious fillings, delicate buttermilk scones with clotted cream and preserves, and mouth-watering mini desserts like dark chocolate and salted peanut pavé and coffee cream éclairs.
Bushmills Inn offers a range of different afternoon tea experiences including their Pink Sparkling Afternoon Tea accompanied by a glass of Valdo Floral Pink Prosecco for £33.50 per person or their Champagne Afternoon Tea with includes a glass of Taittinger Brut Champagne for £33.50 per person.
Bishop’s Gate Hotel
The perfect treat after a morning spent sightseeing, golfing or shopping in the walled city. Bishop’s Gate Hotel serves up a sumptuous afternoon tea in the Edwardian surroundings of the Hervey library or the more contemporary Gown restaurant. Three tiers of dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy home-baked scones, and decadent desserts are perfectly accompanied by a glass of bubbles for a perfect afternoon treat.
Sparkling afternoon tea is priced at £25.00 per guest or £18.99 for their Traditional Afternoon Tea.
The 5 Star Glenlo Abbey has got indulgence covered with their fabulous afternoon tea offering, served in the Riverview Restaurant with beautiful views of the surrounding estate.
Dainty assortments include freshly baked scones, seasonal sandwiches and decadent pastries, macaroons and cakes served with loose leaf tea, herbal teas and coffee. Add a glass of champagne and make a toast to tasty treats enjoyed with friends.
Glenlo Abbey’s Champagne Afternoon Tea is available for €46 per person, or €30 for the classic afternoon tea.
Over-looking the peaceful River Moy, the Ice House Hotel is an idyllic place to enjoy a relaxed Afternoon Tea with friends. Linger longer over delectable treats such as finger sandwiches, homemade buttermilk scones and dainty cakes and bite-size desserts. Sumptuous sandwich fillings include Baked Gammon and Dozio Ella Cheese, and Connemara Smoked Salmon on Treacle Bread.
The Ice House offers a range of Afternoon Tea options depending on the level of decadence desired. Classic Afternoon Tea is available for €25 per person, €32 with a glass of Prosecco and €37 with a glass of Champagne.
Ardtara Country House Hotel
Relax in the old-world charm of Ardtara Country House Hotel and enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of the newly renovated Garden Restaurant.
You will be served a delicious assortment of scones with cream and jam, canapés and finger sandwiches along with a choice of traditional and herbal teas and coffee, or a crisp, light glass of Prosecco. Classic Afternoon Tea from £24.95