Though afternoon tea usually consists of delicious sandwiches, perfectly crafted patisserie and golden-crusted scones, innovations of this classic dining experience have been on the rise. Check out this list of afternoon teas in Belfast that put forward a perfect mix of something old and something new.
Europa Hotel Belfast
If you’re looking for a seamlessly executed, traditional Afternoon Tea, then the Europa Hotel is the place for you. You’ll get to relax in the Piano Lounge as you’re served a menu that both highlights local ingredients and captures the spirit of Belfast. The flavourful sandwiches, comforting scones, and delicate pastries accompany a warm cup of finely blended tea in a way that encapsulates everything an Afternoon Tea should be.
Served daily from 2pm to 5pm
Traditional £30 per person ● Sparkling with 20cl Prosecco £40
Offered every Sunday, Afternoon Tea at the Titanic Belfast is the utter peak of elegance, luxury, and 5-star service. You’re given a wide array of savoury treats and sweet delights that pair perfectly with live jazz music to create the extravagant atmosphere of the Titanic Suite. Sample menu items include: a sweet onion and heritage tomato tart, Roast Causeway prime beef and horseradish, chocolate caramel delice, apple tart tatin and raspberry and lemon victoria sponge. Luxury also doesn’t escape the tea. With offerings like Pure Green Tea, Pure Peppermint, and the clever Scent of a Rose, you’ll feel as though you’re fine dining on the high seas.
Afternoon Tea: £28.50 per person ● with a glass of Prosecco: £35.50 per person ● with a glass of Champagne or Cocktail: £39 per person ● Children’s Afternoon Tea: £12.50 per person
Known for its decadence, Afternoon Tea at the Merchant Hotel is a splendid experience to remember. It’s held every day in The Great Room Restaurant and accompanied by live music to full immerse you in the scene. The three tiered silver stands hold the delicious offerings from any of the four Afternoon Tea menus: Standard, Vegetarian, Nut Allergy and Gluten Allergy. With sandwiches like roast chicken, confit chicken with semi-dried tomato, and rocket salad or Caramelised red onion and goat’s cheese, any taste is indulgent. On the sweeter side, the Merchant Hotel offers freshly baked scones and a stunning variety of patisserie. Pistachio and apricot cremeux, lemon and blackberry cake and strawberry, vanilla and rhubarb tartlet are just a few of the sweet treats that make this Afternoon Tea worthwhile.
Served Sunday through Friday, 12pm to 4.30pm and on Saturday in two sittings: 12.30pm and 3pm to 5pm
Afternoon Tea Champagne Afternoon Tea Cocktail Afternoon Tea
Monday – Friday: £28 Monday-Friday: £38 Monday-Friday: £36
Saturday-Sunday: £33 Saturday-Sunday: £43 Saturday-Sunday: £41
Afternoon Tea at the Fitzwilliam Hotel sets itself apart with its rotating seasonal menu. Whether you choose to sip your tea in the Hotel Lobby or The Restaurant, the luxurious feeling of this 5-star accommodation can’t be missed. Starters include items like a demitasse of sour or spiced pork, apple and sage pastry roulade. The following course brings a selection of flats, wraps and sandwiches and the classic homemade scone. To finish, sumptuous desserts like chocolate coffee ganache tartlet with nut crumble or vanilla and white chocolate panna cotta with raspberry puree will leave no doubt as to why so many travel to Fitzwilliam Hotel for a cup of tea.
Served from 1pm to 4pm daily
£27.00 per person to include a glass of Prosecco or Mocktail ● £35.00 per person to include a glass of Henri Abele Brut Champagne or Bramble or Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Babel Rooftop Bar in Bullitt Hotel
If you’re looking for a mix of old and new when it comes to Afternoon Tea, head to the Babel Rooftop Bar in Bullitt Hotel for Tipsy Tea. Amongst the seasonal savoury sandwiches and deliciously classic sweet treats, you’ll get to try a unique variety of cocktails that put an exciting twist on Afternoon Tea. You can choose either Gin Cocktails or Champagne Cocktails, and neither track will leave you disappointed. The Gin menu features the Tea-Licious Cocktail, which is comprised of Beefeater 24, Crème de Mûre, lime juice, delicious berry tea syrup, tarragon and blackberries. Champagne lovers can enjoy the Sky-High Spritz, made from mixing champagne, passionfruit shrub, Crème de Violette and lemon juice.
Served Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm
Tipsy Tea and Gin Cocktails £29.50 per person ● Tipsy Tea and Champagne Cocktails £44.50 per person
Miel Et Moi
With its status as Northern Ireland’s first licenced patisserie and café bar, Miel Et Moi puts on an Afternoon Tea that does justice to that title. It draws from the atmosphere of a classic French bar and patisserie with its chic but bright interior and offerings. Afternoon Tea is served on three tiers. The top consists of delights like mini red velvet opera cake and lemon meringue while the middle holds both fruit and plain scones that are served with butter, jam and cream. The bottom tier boasts a sandwich trio: smoked chicken with gubbeen cheese and charred red onion, beetroot and roast courgettes, and ham with smoked applewood and sundried tomato. Use this dining experience to transport yourself to an afternoon in Paris.
Served 12pm to 5pm daily
£17.50 per person with tea or coffee and £21.95 with bubbly
£10pp deposit required
For anyone who’s had one too many traditional afternoon teas, Souls Restaurant puts an entirely new spin on this tried and true classic. Souls proudly stands for bold, unique and fusion flavours that cater to every customer. Their three menu offerings of Meat, Vegetarian, and Vegan speak to that commitment. Regardless of the path you choose, you’ll get your hand at chef’s choice of scones, finger sandwiches, hot selection, sweet & savouries. Within those courses, you can try the chicken tikka naan wrap, aalu & mix veg tikki, pinwheel samosa, tofu kofta and more. The gulab jamun cheesecake and red wine poached pears also set their sweets apart. Souls Fusion Afternoon Tea does reinvention the right way.
Served 12pm to 6pm daily
£17.50 per person
Only served after the 18th of June, Afternoon Tea at the Cafe Parisien is something to look forward to during the winter months. The bright and seasonal menu mixed with the elegance of the cafe’s interior sets you up for a truly opulent afternoon. The menu consists of three main parts: savoury, bakery and sweets. Try the bocconcini, tomato & basil pesto bruschetta or savoury choux bun with cream cheese & red peppers chevril as an excellent starter before you enjoy the freshly baked buttermilk or white chocolate scone. To end, you can satiate your sweet tooth with the fresh fruit pavlova, peach and cream macaron or elderflower and prosecco posset.
Served 11.30am to 4pm daily
Traditional afternoon tea: £18.95 ● Alfred Gratien Afternoon Tea: £27.95 ● Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea: £29.95 ● Laurent Perrier Rosé Afternoon Tea: £34.95