Escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, de-tangling lights and prepping the festive feast by indulging in an afternoon of elegant dinning instead. Afternoon tea often becomes quite popular around this time of year, as people decide to treat themselves and their loved ones to a relaxing afternoon of delicious decorum.
Here are 7 of our favourite places offering festive afternoon tea this Christmas season. No matter your price-range or your preference, there really is something for everyone!
If you’re looking for that dreamy ‘fairy-tale’ vibe to accompany your afternoon tea experience this festive season, then look no further then the beautiful Luttrellstown Castle, only a stone throw away from Dublin’s city centre. Their exclusive Castle will throw open its’ doors each Sunday in December to celebrate their Queen Victoria inspired Christmas Afternoon Tea, starting at €50 per person.
The luxurious sandwich plate includes the likes of cured peppered pastrami, sauerkraut and dijon mayonnaise on a mini rye baguette, glazed Irish pork loin, cranberry stuffing and apple relish on a white bloomer bread and smoked salmon mousse, mango slaw and caviar in a multigrain facile. These are followed by fresh cinnamon, rum & raisin scones or the classic buttermilk version, served with clotted cream, jam and the house confiture ginger bread man. As for the sweet treats, guests can look forward to a selection of decadent cakes, cookies and miniature desserts, including a blueberry macaroon filled with confit blueberry jam, an Irish coffee cup filled with whisky caramel, espresso ganache and Baileys cream, a mini victoria sponge and much more! All of these are accompanied by a vast selection of black, herbal and fruit infused teas. To book your festive afternoon tea experience today, visit www.luttrellstowncastle.com.
The Shelbourne Hotel
An elegant sanctuary from a chilly winter’s afternoon, The Shelbourne Hotel provides a warm and welcoming retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city during the hectic Christmas season. The Festive Afternoon Tea menu offers an array of finger sandwiches, including whiskey-cured smoked salmon with Lakeshore mustard on Guinness bread, roast turkey with light mayonnaise and onion stuffing in a poppy seed roll, and cherry vine tomato with feta cheese on pumpkin bread, 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 a special selection of sweet festive treats such as A Taste of Christmas (cranberry jelly with eggnog mousse and poached winter fruit), a Christmas Sleigh of Black Forest gateau, and a Snowball — a dark chocolate mousse with orange gel and brownie pieces. Accompanied by a selection of teas or coffees. Classic Festive Afternoon Tea is €62 per person and Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea is €79. There is also a Children’s Festive Afternoon Tea available for €30 per child. For bookings and enquires call +353 1 6634500 or for more information see www.TheShelbourne.ie.
Celebrate Christmas in one of the most breathtaking rooms in the country with a Festive Afternoon Tea in The Gallery at Adare Manor, the Dunraven family’s favourite room, and the centre of their family life in the manor house. From dainty sandwiches of Duncannon smoked salmon, poached salmon mousse and caviar on a brioche bun and roast turkey with sage and cranberry stuffing, to a delectable chocolate and orange bauble with spiced biscuit and a red velvet trifle with strawberry jelly, red velvet sponge and cream cheese icing, the Festive Afternoon Tea at Adare Manor is an experience to be savoured from beginning to end.
Festive Afternoon Tea at Adare Manor starts from €55 per person and is available to book from 29th November to 6th January. There are two Evening Teas on 12th and 19th of December with live music from Jane Fraser and served from 5:30pm at €85 per person. To make a reservation please call +353 (0)61 605200 or visit adaremanor.ie for more info.
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
Masterfully designed by the culinary team at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Festive Afternoon Tea will be served in the elegant surroundings of Monk’s Lounge, allowing guests to toast to a time-honoured tradition this Christmas. Sparkle with gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked scones, festive treats and bubbling Champagne as you are surrounded by the stunning scenery of Killarney National Park, the ultimate way to relax this Christmas.
Located just outside Killarney town centre, with roaring fire and cosy couches, enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea in the magnificent 5-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa. With Traditional Afternoon Tea and Champagne Afternoon Tea available from €32, for more information or to book, visit www.muckrosspark.com or call +353 (0)64 6623400.
The K Club
The K Club are offering a Festive Afternoon Tea with a distinctly Yuletide flavour, served daily in the luxurious Chinese Drawing Room, available until Saturday January 10th.
The classic three-tiered silver stand of goodies includes freshly baked cranberry scones with a selection of preserves, whiskey and spiced panna cotta coated in tempered chocolate, mini Christmas pudding made from ganache and Christmas pudding, and a Jacob red and white spiralled sponge with mousse. The savoury tier includes smoked salmon sandwiches on Guinness bread with pickled red onion, pulled chicken with celeriac remoulade served on mini brioche buns and dainty egg and cress finger sandwiches.
Festive Afternoon Tea at The K Club is available for €42.50 per person and the option of adding a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne for €14.50 per person. All guests who take Festive Afternoon Tea will also receive a gift of house-made mince pies to take home with them. To reserve your Afternoon Tea sitting, call (01) 601 7200 or visit www.thekclub.ie for more info.
The Bridge House Hotel
Check in with the team at the Bridge House Hotel for a Festive Afternoon Tea by the fireside in their elegant lobby with festive tunes providing the perfect backdrop. This traditional afternoon tea begins with freshly made sandwiches created with a variety of fillings, followed by a selection of home-made cinnamon and fruit scones, delectable sweet treats of winter berry panna cotta, mini mince pie crumbles and homemade macaroons, all served in a traditional three-tiered silver stand.
One of Ireland’s most popular landmark hotels, located right in the centre of the country, the four-star Bridge House Hotel is the ideal central location to meet up with friends and family and catch up together this Christmas Season. Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at €20.00 per person and Prosecco Afternoon Tea is available for an additional €5 per person. For more information visit www.bridgehousehoteltullamore.ie.
The River Lee Hotel
The perfect reward after a morning spent ticking off your Christmas shopping list, and a gorgeous seasonal treat to enjoy while soaking up the festive atmosphere in Cork city, the stylish and elegant surroundings of The Cocktail Bar in The River Lee hotel will bring you lots of comfort and joy with their delicious Festive Afternoon Tea, running until 6th of January, from €35 per person.
Begin the festive celebrations with a glass of bubbles and embrace the Christmas cheer with an array of dainty sandwiches. Afternoon tea sandwiches include Christmas favourites such as their turkey and cranberry coronation sandwich, spiced beef sandwich with mint crème fraîche, and smoked salmon on homemade brown bread with horseradish aioli. It wouldn’t be afternoon tea without freshly baked scones, Chantilly cream and jam which are served with your choice of tea to warm the cockles. Finish with a delectable choice of sweet treats including a Baileys cheesecake, pear and almond financier and, of course, mini mince pies and iced Christmas cake.
Fancy whipping up your own afternoon tea at home instead? Start by preparing these tasty brie and chilli jam finger sandwiches, followed by freshly baked fruit scones, and finished off with some Baileys chocolate macaroons — delish! For even more recipe inspiration check out our afternoon tea secion on our website, here.