7 top spots to enjoy afternoon tea in Northern Ireland
This week marks Afternoon Tea Week and across Northern Ireland there are a host of top spots to spend an indulgent few hours.
Created by England's seventh Duchess of Bedford, who couldn't quite keep her hunger at bay until dinner, this afternoon pastime has seen a surge in popularity in recent years.
Many hotels are now offering their own signature take on the event, so if you are looking for the best spots to enjoy a pot of tea with some delicious treats, here are our top picks for afternoon tea in Northern Ireland.
1. Corick House Hotel
Surrounded by gorgeous locations in Clogher, Co Tyrone, the Afternoon Tea at Corick House Hotel is one of many delights where you can tuck into scrumptious patisseries with a cup of tea or a cheeky glass of prosecco.
Price: From £15pp
2. Miel Et Moi
Located on Belfast's stylish Lisburn Road, Meil Et Moi offers a wide-ranging afternoon tea with a choice of gourmet sandwiches and patisserie items. I f you're feeling truly indulgent there's also an option for a glass of bubbly.
Price: From £17.50pp
3. The Merchant
Located in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, The Merchant's Afternoon Tea has become a must when visiting the city.
Hosted in the five star hotel's Great Room Restaurant, the traditional afternoon tea offers a range of sandwiches, pastries and scones, with the added decadence of Krug Champagne and Royal Beluga Caviar.
Various menu options are also available.
Price: From £25pp
Sunday - Friday: 12noon - 4.30pm
Saturday: 12.30pm & 3pm - 5pm
4. Galgorm Resort & Spa
Afternoon tea at the Galgorm is hosted in the venue's River Room Conservatory, where guests can take in the beautiful surrounding of the River Maine and lush parkland of the Resort.
As well as a menu of teas, a selection of sandwiches, miniature savouries, scones, and miniature desserts.
Price: From £24.95pp
5. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Dainty sandwiches and sweet treats are offered with the beautiful views of the sea and Mourne mountains in Co Down.
Guests can also add a touch of sparkle to their afternoon by adding the Resort's finest Teresa Rizzi Prosecco.
There is also live musical entertainment during the Saturday sitting.
Price: From £25pp
Monday - Saturday: 2pm - 5pm
Sunday: 3- 5pm
6. Lough Erne Resort & Spa
Co Fermanagh's Lough Erne Resort & Spa offers a huge selection of afternoon tea menus with "a modern Irish twist."
Guests can sample a range of speciality teas - including Afternoon Gold, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Vanilla, Mint, Camomile, Irish Whiskey Cream, and Classic Chai.
The Resort also offers its unique 'G & Tea' menu, combining afternoon tea and gin for a truly indulgent experience.
Price: From £24pp
Time: 2-4pm daily
7. The Everglades
Take in the stylish luxury of Derry's Everglades hotel before sampling the venue's afternoon tea menu which offers distinctly local sandwich fillers, as well as its “Legenderry” pastries.
A range of teas and coffees are also on offer.
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