If you’re looking for the best afternoon tea in Belfast, you’ve landed in the right place!
As a city with a rich culinary heritage, Belfast is a wonderful place to throw caution to the wind and indulge.
Whether it’s a hearty bowl of Irish stew, a full breakfast or something sweet, Belfast city is a paradise for both local and visiting gourmets.
The best places for afternoon tea in Belfast
Afternoon Tea has been enjoyed in Belfast for centuries and to this day the city remains in love with this most refined of meals.
Whether you prefer classic or innovative, our list of eleven of the best spots to enjoy afternoon tea in Belfast will have something to make your belly happy.
1. Hastings Europa Hotel
This grand hotel in the heart of Belfast is pure class and the afternoon tea they serve is no different.
Served in the hotel’s Piano Room, afternoon tea at the Europa is a luxurious affair composed of delicate pastries, scones and sandwiches along with a choice of top-notch blended teas.
For those who arrive feeling particularly wild, you can even enjoy yours with a glass or two of champagne.
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Renowned for their funky rooms as well as the popular bar and restaurant they run, Malmaison is a boutique hotel chain whose Belfast spot is one of the city’s most popular places to stay.
All of this means that their afternoon tea is predictably great. Choose from either the classic cream tea or the full afternoon tea.
The latter of which includes savoury snacks and speciality cakes in addition to the classic scone, clotted cream and strawberry jam trio that forms the core of any self-respecting afternoon tea line-up!
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3. The Merchant Hotel (one of the fanciest places for afternoon tea in Belfast)
This award-winning five-star hotel on Skipper Street serves up a cracking afternoon tea in their plush The Great Room restaurant.
Elegant yet always delicious, the affair here is made up of a three-tiered silver stand adorned with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and a decadent range of cakes, pastries and other goodies.
The line-up changes yet you can expect classics such as banana bread, seasonal macarons and lemon and raspberry delice.
For a touch extra, guests can enjoy a cocktail or champagne with their afternoon tea. If you’re looking to impress someone with afternoon tea in Belfast City, take them here!
4. Babel Rooftop Bar and Garden
This trendy spot sits on top of the highly-rated Bullitt Hotel in Belfast city centre. Serving some of the best cocktails in town, Babel is also fast gaining a reputation as a spot for afternoon tea.
As a cocktail bar, the emphasis is on their tea-infused alcoholic drinks including delicious creations like the ‘Tea-Licious’, a blend of Beefeater 24, Creme de Mure, lime juice, delicious berry tea syrup, tarragon and blackberries.
There are also tea and champagne cocktails to choose from at an extra cost whilst the food revolves around dainty sandwiches and house-made sweet treats.
5. Ten Square Hotel
Taking place in the swanky Loft Bar at the Ten Square Hotel, afternoon tea is an indulgent event at this city-centre mainstay.
Served on three-tiered silver tea-stands, a variety of sweet and savoury nibbles, all homemade, are served alongside a selection of teas or freshly brewed coffee.
The fact that this place offers vegetarian and gluten-free options for afternoon tea only boosts the impeccable reputation of Ten Square.
6. La Mon Hotel & Country Club
Southeast of Belfast city, Newtownards is a town of almost 30,000 people with a pleasant semi-rural ambience.
The town is home to La Mon Hotel & Country Club, a plush 4-star affair set amid 10 acres of grounds.
As you might expect from such a classy spot, the afternoon tea here is superb. Including all the classics such as scones, sandwiches and homemade patisserie items, the whole thing can be enjoyed in a savoury-only version.
If you’re looking for afternoon tea in Belfast for kids, there’s a children’s option that should suit (there’s also a boozy option accompanied by prosecco).
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7. Maryville House
Two miles from the city centre just off the A1, Maryville House is an upscale B&B in the classic Victorian mould.
Far from outdated, the decor here is a blend of traditional and modern and it’s widely regarded as one of the best places for afternoon tea in Belfast.
With a selection of hot and cold savoury canapes and sandwiches, guests here can also indulge in Maryville House’s famous homemade scones with jam, clotted cream and hand-whipped butter.
Throw in their homemade petit-fours and you have a treat fit for even the most critical gourmand.
8. Titanic Hotel Belfast (one of the more unique places for afternoon tea in Belfast)
The boutique Titanic Hotel is one of Belfast’s best and you can feel the quality of this place as you walk in the door. Everything from the furniture down to the uniforms of the staff is first-rate.
The same can be said for the afternoon tea at this city centre hotel, which is taken in the opulent surroundings of Drawing Office Two or the upper Presentation Room.
Begin with pillowy soft sandwiches with a filling of your choice followed by freshly baked scones and crumbly pastries with cream. The lot is served on fine china and your tea is served in a pot.
Titanic Belfast also offers a kids afternoon tea and there is the option to go boozy with a glass of champagne or prosecco.
9. The Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam is a lovely old place on Great Victoria Street, situated right in front of the Grand Opera House.
The afternoon tea at this five-star hotel is, as you might expect, exceptional. Guests can enjoy seasonally prepared items such as halloumi fries and spiced pork and herb sausage roll.
Then there are the sandwiches, with varieties such as the smoked salmon and cream cheese letting you know that this place does old-school luxury in the best of ways.
Finish up with homemade treats such as macarons, chocolate choux buns and raspberry Bakewells. House prepared scones with jam and cream top the lot off to a tee.
10. AMPM Bohemian Restaurant
A real institution on the Belfast dining scene, AMPM serves innovative grub in what can only be described as a magical environment.
The modern-baroque interior at this restaurant might be considered gaudy if it wasn’t executed with such great taste, whilst the afternoon tea is a unique affair too.
Taking place in the AMPM champagne lounge, the afternoon tea here is all about the amazing homemade cakes that come courtesy of the restaurant’s dedicated patisserie team.
Creations such as Genoese sponge and raspberry pannacotta make sure that the offerings here are far from the average.
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11. Café Parisien
This classic French-style brasserie serves up delicious old-school Gallic fare in the kind of environs you might expect to see in Belleville rather than Belfast.
Nonetheless, they carry it off extremely well and the afternoon tea here is arguably what they do better than anything else.
As with many establishments on our list, Café Parisien keeps things classic as far as the sandwiches and scones go but their patisserie is truly cutting edge, with delights such as Gold Chocolate and Orange Delice and Salted Caramel Macarons awaiting guests here.
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