Belfast Telegraph

Experience the wonderful tradition of afternoon tea with Hastings Hotels

Hastings Hotels, Northern Ireland’s leading collection of hotels, is famous for its sumptuous Afternoon Teas that are served in all seven of its luxurious properties.

An Afternoon Tea is the perfect treat to spend an hour or two with friends and loved ones, complete with cups of the finest steaming tea or coffee, finger sandwiches and an array of delectable treats!

The group prides itself on sourcing and using only the finest local ingredients and produce in its menus, and combined with the creative flair of its highly-talented pastry chefs, Afternoon Tea with Hastings Hotels is truly a delight to behold.

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The Observatory takes afternoon tea to a new level! To celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week (14th – 20th August), Conleth Hendron, Observatory Manager from the Grand Central Hotel, is joined by Pamela Ballantine and Ross Thompson of Thompson’s Teas to launch a very special Afternoon Tea experience in the new Observatory Cocktail Lounge.
The ritual of Afternoon Tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young lady living in the early 1800s it was common to eat only two meals a day, with breakfast early in the morning and dinner late in the evening. Often being tired and hungry, she decided to set a time to take tea and a light snack each afternoon. This private ceremony initially took place in her bedroom, but over time her well-heeled acquaintances were invited to join her and her much loved tradition of Afternoon Tea has remained popular around ever since. 

Nowadays this centuries-old tradition is loved by people around the word and it is one that Hastings Hotels does to perfection. With National Afternoon Tea Week taking place from 14th – 20th August, it’s the perfect excuse to visit a Hastings Hotel to enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea with your friends!

Grand Central Hotel

Afternoon Tea in the Observatory in the Grand Central Hotel is truly unique. Sublime, sky-high sips start here! The Grand Central’s jewel and the most spectacular and luxurious of cocktail lounges, The Observatory on the 23rd floor of the hotel, is now serving Afternoon Tea! An Afternoon tea in the Observatory will be a unique and enchanting experience, and guests will marvel over the breath-taking views of Belfast and beyond whilst enjoying an array of the finest, locally blended Thompson’s teas, crafted coffees, deliciously designed and handcrafted nibbles along with the finest Champagne and cocktails. Served daily from 1pm – 5pm, it really is Afternoon Tea nirvana. Served daily from 1pm – 5pm priced £40 per person,

Afternoon Tea is also served in the Grand Central’s stunning Seahorse Lounge on the first floor of the hotel, where guests can relax and indulge in a delectable selection of delicious savouries and sweet treats. Guests will enjoy taking in the views from bustling Bedford Street below and bask in the luxury that only the Grand Central can offer. This is an Afternoon Tea for the discerning and the curious, the gourmand and the bon vivant!

Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2-5pm and is £30 per person.

To book call the Grand Central on 028 9023 1066

Ballygally Castle

If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a unique Afternoon Tea then head to the Ballygally Castle which offers spectacular views of the North Coast.  Guests have the choice of traditional Afternoon Tea or fans of Game of Thrones can enjoy a specially themed Afternoon Tea allowing guests to immerse themselves in the atmospheric mood of the show whilst relaxing in the luxurious surroundings of the Castle. The tasty treats which will delight fans of the show include Lannister Egg, Baratheon Bread, Little Fingers Chicken Caesar wrap and Jon Snow cakes to Dothraki Trifle with Mini Dragon’s eggs.

Traditional Afternoon Tea is £20 per guest and is served Monday to Saturday 2 – 5pm and 3 – 5pm on Sundays or £24 per person for Game of Thrones Afternoon Tea (reservations required 24 hours in advance).

To book call Ballygally Castle on 028 2858 1066

Culloden Estate and Spa

Relax in the sumptuous surroundings of the five star Culloden Estate & Spa where their classic Afternoon Tea is truly a delight to behold! Served in the charming surroundings of the Drawing Room that dates back to 1876 and when the Culloden was a Bishop’s Palace and the luxurious lounge, this is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon. 

The Culloden serve Afternoon Tea daily from 1.30pm – 5pm for £29 per guest.

To book call 028 9042 1066

Europa Hotel

The Europa knows the beauty of tradition. Which is why Afternoon Tea here is a ritual. A ceremony of delicious decorum for indulgent afternoons. Tables draped with white linen, silverware and indulgent pleasures. A stage set for chit-chat, sticky tartlets and steaming tea. Sit back in this iconic hotel, unfold your napkin and feast upon local ingredients and local charm. Quite a perfect blend. Experience a delicious Afternoon Tea in the cosmopolitan Piano Lounge, set against the backdrop of Belfast’s stunning city landscape and watch the world go back on Great Victoria street below.

Afternoon tea is served daily from 2- 5pm and is £28 per guest.

To book call the Europa Hotel on 028 9027 1066

Everglades Hotel

The Everglades Hotel in Derry-Londonderry is the perfect location to sample an Afternoon Tea. Perched on the banks of the River Foyle and just a short five-minute drive into the bustling, historic City of Derry, it’s the ideal place to take in the best of the North West.

Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12.30pm – 4.40pm and is £21 per guest.

To book call the Everglades Hotel on 028 7131 1066

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

Enjoy an afternoon of total escapism at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. Take in the stunning views of the Mountains of Mourne from the beautiful traditional setting of the Oak Restaurant and relax in style as you enjoy a delectable array of tasty delights.

Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2pm to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm to 5pm on Sundays with live musical entertainment every Saturday at £25 per guest.

To book call the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa on 028 4372 1066

Stormont Hotel

Situated just across from the historic Stormont Estate, this contemporary hotel has recently undergone major refurbishment and is a perfect secret hideaway in which to spend a perfect afternoon.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea daily in the delightful lounge daily from 2 – 5pm for only £20 per guest.

To book call the Stormont Hotel on 028 9065 1066

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