Afternoon Tea Week

I found out this week is Afternoon Tea week, there really is a celebration for everything these days. I thought I’d do a recap of the Afternoon Teas that I have been to here in Ireland.

Lena’s Tea Rooms in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. This gorgeous cafe is a hidden gem, priding itself in the finest home-made cakes and freshly made sandwiches. You will be served your choice of tea or coffee along with a selection of sandwiches using different types of bread, savoury muffins and mini quiches also make up the extensive platter. Fresh scones and a variety of cakes top off this impressive Afternoon Tea.

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo. Feel like a princess as you step into the stunning Ashford Castle. Enjoy a decadent Afternoon Tea overlooking Lough Corrib. Choose from a wide variety of teas, or coffee. For something extra special why not go for Champagne? A variety of delicate sandwiches and petit fours as well as a selection of scones fresh from the oven make up this special treat. It’s the most expensive of the ones I’ve been to but you are paying for the location with this one.

Eala Bhan, Sligo. Located on the banks of the Garavogue River in the heart of Sligo town. Enjoy your Afternoon Tea whilst watching the swans glide by. What a way to spend an afternoon! The chocolate mousse is amazing and I loved the selection of open sandwiches and bagels. Eala Bhan serves the largest selection of both sweet and savoury food that I’ve seen for an Afternoon Tea and there’s no problem if you can’t eat it all, they’ll happily box it up for you to bring home.

Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo. The most stunning views I think I’ve ever seen, you relax as you watch the clouds drift over the majestic Croagh Patrick Mountain. You’ll get a selection of open sandwiches and gorgeous sweet treats. Tea, coffee or hot chocolate is served in silver pots, it’s like being in a movie.

Glencar TeaShed, Glencar, Co. Leitrim. Located right beside Glencar Waterfall, this is the perfect spot for tourists. We had miniature Oreo cheesecake, a Mint Aero traybake, a delicate coffee cake and my absolute favourite a lemon drizzle cake. Everything was just delicious and the lemon cake was the nicest I’ve ever tasted. Also a selection of sandwiches, salad and even grapes. Also a wonderful range of herbal teas too.

Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. The only one that I didn’t really enjoy, a very small selection of food and nothing special. The tea selection was amazing though and it is a lovely place. This is the only one I wouldn’t visit again.

I thought I’d had more Afternoon Teas than I have! I guess I’ll have to work on that list. Have you got any you’d recommend?

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