Top 5 best places for afternoon tea in Cork

Looking for the best places for afternoon tea in Cork? We’ve got you covered!  

First introduced in the 1800s, this popular Victorian tradition is today enjoyed by people the world over.

It is, therefore, no wonder that Cork – also known as the culinary capital of Ireland – is rife with places to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea.

A beloved treat, typically reserved for special events, this form of dining is the perfect choice for celebrating a special occasion or simply spending some quality time with loved ones.

For a range of options to suit your budget and needs, check out our list of the top five best places for afternoon tea in Cork below.

5. Tara’s Tea Room – a quirky and cosy experience

Tara's Tea Room is one of the best places for afternoon tea in Cork.
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Kicking off our list is the delightfully charming and extremely eccentric Tara’s Tea Room.

A local favourite, afternoon tea at this quaint eatery includes a choice of sandwich from the lunch menu, bite-sized cakes and treats, mini scones with butter, jam, and cream, plus a selection of coffee and speciality teas.

Alongside providing gluten-free options, afternoon tea is also available for takeaway. Presented on fine bone china to add to the homely feel, Tara’s Tea Room is easily one of the best places for afternoon tea in Cork!   

The tea is available Tuesday-Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. Due to high demand, we advise you pre-book.

Cost: €16 pp (€21 pp including a glass of wine)

Book/further info: HERE

Address: 45 MacCurtain Street, Centre, Cork, T23 DVY3, Ireland

4. Annabel’s Bus Top Bistro – meal on wheels

Check out the afternoon tea at Annabel's Bus Top Bistro.
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Located at Araglin Animal Sanctuary, afternoon tea here is uniquely served on a converted vintage English 1960s double-decker bus!

Items offered include fingers sandwiches (choice of bread), homemade chocolate fudge brownies, and homemade scones with jam and cream.

You can avail of the tea on Saturdays between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm and you must book in advance (deposit required). Additionally, takeaway options are also available.

Cost: €12 pp (excluding service fee)

Book/further info: HERE

Address: Glamping & Animal Sanctuary, Annabel’s Bus Top Bistro, Billeragh West, Araglin, Co. Cork, P61 Y680, Ireland

3. Lafayette’s Brasserie – fit for royalty

Lafayette's Brasserie is one of the best places for afternoon tea in Cork.
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Located at The Imperial Hotel, this classic dining experience is certainly one of the best places for afternoon tea in Cork.

Inspired by Grace Kelly herself, the Princess Grace Afternoon Tea covers a variety of items such as scones with champagne cream and jam, cakes with cream cheese icing, savoury sandwiches, mini cheeseburgers, and other sweet treats.

Furthermore, the site offers a Grinch-themed After‘who’on Tea during the festive season, complete with puddings, cakes, scones, sandwiches, tea, coffee, and various themed cocktails.

The experiences are available from 12 pm to 4 pm Monday through Sunday.

Cost: €60 – priced for two people (Grace Kelly) / €39 pp (Grinch)

Book/further info: HERE

Address: 76 S Mall, Street, Cork, T12 A2YT, Ireland

2. Castlemartyr Resort – dine like a Lord or Lady

Dine like a Lord or Lady at Castlemartyr Resort.
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Slated as one of the resort’s most sought after attractions, the Lady Fitzgerald’s Afternoon Tea experience (set during the Downton Abbey period) boasts an impressive menu that changes with the seasons.

Such fine dining includes a range of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and a selection of classic and exotic teas. The site also caters for those with dietary requirements by offering gluten-free and vegan options. 

Additionally, the hotel offers a Children’s Afternoon Tea experience consisting of bite-sized sandwiches, personalised cookies, and the choice between a milkshake and a hot chocolate.

You can enjoy afternoon tea at the Bell Tower Restaurant from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm daily.

Cost: €72 – priced for two people (€90 for Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco)

Book/further info: HERE

Address: Castlemartyr Resort, Grange, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, P25 X300, Ireland

1. Hayfield Manor Hotel – an award-winning dining experience

The Hayfield Manor Hotel tops our list of best places for afternoon tea in Cork.
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Undoubtedly one of the best places for afternoon tea in Cork, those in attendance can enjoy a range of tasty treats against the regal backdrop of the site’s lavish décor. 

Items available include a selection of finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones with cream and jam. There are also miniature cakes and pastries, and homemade chocolates (with gluten-free and vegetarian options also available).

Diners can also choose from an assortment of speciality tea blends, freshly-brewed coffee, and hot chocolate.  

The site also offers Children’s Afternoon Tea (at €22.50 pp) and, during the Christmas period, a Festive Afternoon Tea with seasonal delicacies.

The tea is served in the Orchids Restaurant from Thursday to Sunday at two time slots of 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Cost: €38 pp (€48 pp for Prosecco Afternoon Tea and €53 pp for Champagne Afternoon Tea)

Book: HERE

Address: Perrott Ave, College Rd, Centre, Cork, T12 HT97, Ireland

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