4 festive afternoon teas that look the absolute business

    The Shelbourne festive afternoon teas Easy Food

    Looking for an afternoon tea to celebrate the festive season? Here are four gorgeous options that’ll have you in the Christmas spirit in no time…


    The Shelbourne

    The ideal place to relax, catch up with a friend or family member and keep your all-important Christmas shopping list updated, The Shelbourne offers a sublimely seasonal Festive Afternoon Tea in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge, available from 19th November to early January 2021.

    The Festive Afternoon Tea menu at The Shelbourne offers an array of finger sandwiches, including whiskey-cured smoked salmon with Lakeshore mustard on Guinness bread; roast turkey with mayonnaise and onion stuffing in a poppy seed roll; cherry vine tomato with feta cheese on pumpkin bread; and classic egg mayonnaise with cress on white loaf, along with delicious warm buttermilk scones with clotted cream and Shelbourne preserves, and warm homemade ginger bread.

    The pastry chef elves have also been busy in their workshop creating an extra special selection of sweet festive treats such as a vanilla and pomegranate panna cotta with raspberry jelly; coconut macaroons with white chocolate ganache mango and passionfruit gel; Black Forest éclairs with rich chocolate and cherry; and pecan pie with vanilla pot de créme, pear purée and almond sponge.

    Accompanied by a tea or coffee of choice from the selection of loose-leaf teas or menu of fine coffees, and available daily at The Shelbourne from late November until early January, the Classic Festive Afternoon Tea is €62 per person, with a Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea priced at €79. The children’s Festive Afternoon Tea is also available for €30 per child, with a selection of sandwiches including ham, cheese and Nutella, a chocolate brownie cake pop and a Christmas stocking made with sponge and icing.

    For more information, visit www.TheShelbourne.com.

    The Shelbourne festive afternoon teas Easy Food


    The Heritage

    Roaring fires, carols and delicious yuletide treats are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit with Festive Afternoon Tea at The Heritage.

    Treat your nearest and dearest to an afternoon of leisure where you can celebrate the arrival of the festive season in the warm surroundings of The Galleria. The Festive Afternoon Tea menu at The Heritage offers an array of finger sandwiches, including honey baked ham with mustard aioli, Brie and cranberry; shrimp cocktail on brown soda bread with cucumber and Marie Rose sauce; poached free range chicken with damson chutney, and more. You’ll also find delicious warm fruit and plain scones served with locally-made G’s jam and clotted cream. Continue the indulgence with home-made mince pies, deconstructed white chocolate and cranberry cheesecake and pecan pie with orange curd – good enough for Santa Claus himself.

    Classically elegant and comfortably luxurious, there really is nowhere like The Heritage to celebrate the arrival of the festive season. Available from €36 per person from 22nd November, Festive Afternoon Tea at The Heritage is a gorgeous treat to gift your loved ones and friends this Christmas. Pre-booking essential at www.theheritage.com or call +353 (0)57 8645500.


    Carton House

    Plan a luxurious and unforgettable Christmas experience at the magnificent country resort in Kildare. Carton House Festive Afternoon Tea will be available from November 25th, by prior reservation, to residents and visitors, served in the magnificent 18th century reception rooms of Carton House.

    This Christmas, Carton House is back to the heights of its great house splendor, magnificently refurbished and ready for entertainment on a grand scale, just as this imposing estate was originally intended. As you arrive for Festive Afternoon Tea, you are seated in the gorgeous room where aristocratic visitors to Carton House would originally have been entertained. Gaze up at the gilded ceiling of the Gold Salon and enjoy picturesque views of the grounds and beyond through the floor-to-ceiling windows — the same views that have captivated visitors for over 200 years.

    The first Festive Afternoon Tea at the reimagined Carton House features dainty finger sandwiches of honey baked Irish ham and smoked Knockanore Cheddar with Dijon mustard; smoked salmon with caper cream cheese; Rush cucumber with minted Macroom buffalo ricotta; and turkey with apricot stuffing and cranberry mayo.

    The delectable baked goods include a traditional Battenberg; orange drizzle cake; apple and fruitcake with cranberry scones; a Carton House chocolate mousse Christmas tree with gold detail; gingerbread macarons; mince pies; and orange, pear and cinnamon trifle.

    The Festive Afternoon Tea experience at Carton House is €65 per guest to include your selection of tea/coffee – or include a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne for €80 per guest. Sittings available to book every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

    For more information, visit www.cartonhouse.com.

    Carton House festive afternoon teas Easy Food


    Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin

    Spend quality time with friends and family this Christmas with the Festive Afternoon Tea at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.

    Enjoy a glass of bubbles, freshly baked scones with redcurrant preserves and Christmas fruitcake to begin, before sampling the savoury offerings, with roast turkey sandwiches; honey glazed ham with Dubliner Cheddar; and smoked salmon on Guinness bread. Sweet treats include mini mince pies, gingerbread men and many more.

    For €35 per person (or with a bottle of bubbles for an additional €49), revel in the Christmas atmosphere and relax in The Chancery Lounge or gather your nearest and dearest and reserve The Writer’s Room.

    Radisson Blu festive afternoon teas Easy Food