Festive afternoon teas to book now

Book one of these seasonal afternoon teas for a festive day out this December

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There are so many nights out and so much shopping to do in the run-up to Christmas, afternoon tea is a great way to spend quality time with someone and unwind at this hectic time. Here are some of our favourite places to visit:

MOUNT JULIET ESTATE, KILKENNY

From 1 December to 6 January in the manor house, this special afternoon tea has all your festive favourites. Gingerbread men, mince pies as well as gateau opera, cinnamon and orange madeleines, mini apple and raspberry tarts and, of course delicious finger sandwiches and savouries all feature on this decadent menu. This is a stunning location for afternoon tea, which also comes with a cranberry drink with a mulled wine foam. €30 per person | www.mountjulietestate.ie

MERRION HOTEL, DUBLIN

Bask in the comfort of the 5 star Merrion Hotel’s Georgian drawing rooms after a day spent shopping on Grafton street. This festive afternoon tea has delicate finger sandwiches, gingerbread, Viennese bridge rolls, mince pies and gateaux on offer this December. Book ahead, as if you choose a Sunday in December, or the week of 16-23, there will be Christmas carol singers to add to the seasonal atmosphere. €54 per person/€64 with Christmas carols | www.merrionhotel.com

NO.1 PERY SQUARE, LIMERICK

No. 1 Pery Square’s festive afternoon tea is served in the drawing and parlour rooms in the heart of the house, with old original marble surrounds and burning turf fires. Delicious treats include turkey ballontine with cranberry jam, festive Pigtown pork and herb pies, and mince pies with fresh cream. €28 per person | www.oneperysquare.com

KILLARNEY ROYAL, KERRY

Relax in the warm ambience of the lobby lounge in front of the crackling open fire as you enjoy a Christmas-themed tea. Homemade mince pies, mini-desserts and of course buttery scones with cream and jam make for an indulgent afternoon. €35 for two people | www.killarneyroyal.ie

GLENLO ABBEY HOTEL, GALWAY

Afternoon tea is given a festive twist for the month of December at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Enjoy your tea with an assortment of festive treats, seasonal sandwiches and freshly baked scones, in the elegance of the Kentfield Suite or the River Room Restaurant. €30 per person/€35 per person with a glass of mulled wine | www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie

THE TITANIC EXPERIENCE, BELFAST

Step back in time to experience the luxury of one of the most glamorous eras with the Titanic Festive Afternoon Tea, which runs on Sundays throughout December. Set in the stunning surroundings of the Titanic Suite with its replica staircase and live jazz music, there is an instantly festive atmosphere. Opt for a glass of Prosecco or Champagne to accompany the menu to really feel merry. £28.50 per person | www.titanicbelfast.com

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