Traditionally, afternoon tea is not renowned for being child-friendly – the tinkling of a piano, the clinking of fine china, and delicate cucumber sandwiches – but venues around the country are wising up to our mini connoisseurs, and there are now plenty of spots to enjoy a delicious kids’ afternoon tea in Ireland.
Get set for a real treat with tiers of delicious bite-sized goodies to enjoy, both savoury and sweet, with a real flair for the creative when it comes to the children’s menu. From pancakes with Nutella, fruit skewers and mini pizzas to decadent hot chocolates, frothy milkshakes and even personalised cookies, we’ve picked 25 fantastic places for kids’ afternoon tea in Ireland that are definitely worth a visit!
Best Places for Kids’ Afternoon Tea in Ireland
The Connacht Hotel, Galway
We all like to treat ourselves from time to time and indulge in some of the finer things in life. Step in to a relaxed atmosphere and indulge in Afternoon Tea served in the Library at the Connacht Hotel Galway.
You certainly won’t go hungry as you tuck into homemade scones with fresh cream and jams, gourmet finger sandwiches, a selection of miniature cakes all served with tea and coffee.
Little ones can also join in with the fun with the Family Afternoon Tea at the Connacht Hotel. This is a truly family-friendly afternoon tea in relaxed surroundings with warm and attentive service. Enjoy chicken goujon skewers, ham and cheese sandwiches, and treats like Oreo brownie, jelly, coconut cake, mini cookies, hot chocolate or babyccino.
Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
In the gorgeous setting of the Manor House, enjoy Children’s Afternoon Tea that includes toasted brioche with Nutella, ham and cheese finger sandwiches, and a cream cheese bagel. Sweet treats include rocky road, chocolate marshmallows, cupcakes, biscuits and a mini Knickerbocker glory with a vanilla milkshake.
Castlemartyr Resort, Cork
Enjoy the vintage style and luxurious surroundings of Castlemartyr Resort as you relish a delicious assortment of dainty savouries, scrumptious scones and petite pastries.
As it is never too early to experience the civilised pleasures of Afternoon Tea, junior guests are also invited to enjoy the special ritual. Share this delightfully tasty experience with little ones who will be thrilled with special treats like personalised cookies, bite size sandwiches, milkshakes and hot chocolate.
The InterContinental, Dublin
Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Dublin has become a longstanding tradition with Dubliners as well as visitors to the city. It is a special occasion where guests can savour the finest food in stunning surroundings, overlooking the courtyard.
Served in the classic elegance of the Lobby Lounge and Reading Room, you can enjoy a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and decadent pastries created by award-winning chefs.
The children’s menu is filled with delights designed especially for little ones, including banana and peanut butter sandwiches, buttermilk scones, brownie, and fruit skewers.
Clanard Court Hotel, Kildare
Enjoy a delicious children’s afternoon tea at the Clanard Court Hotel. Treats include a selection of ham, cheese and Nutella sandwiches, followed by sweets like a chocolate brownie, strawberry tartlet, macaroon and a gingerbread man.
Skip the tea and instead opt for a hot chocolate with marshmallows, Coke float with vanilla ice cream, or a strawberry milkshake.
Don’t miss a trip to see the resident alpacas before you leave!
Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
Traditional Afternoon Tea might just have been invented for a castle hotel like Lough Eske. You will feel transported back to an era when this elegant ritual was de rigueur – but, don’t worry, at Lough Eske lace gloves and top hats are always optional!
The delicious Kids Afternoon Tea includes savoury sandwiches like roast ham and cheese, peanut butter and strawberry jam, or free range egg on toasted brioche. Then enjoy a selection of Lough Eske pastries and sweet treats, including Chocolate Rice Krispie square, vanilla marshmallow s’more, Victoria sponge cake, or a fruit skewer with milk chocolate fondue.
The Brehon & Angsana Spa, Killarney
Afternoon tea at The Brehon & Angsana Spa, Killarney isn’t just for grown ups, kids are invited to come along and enjoy tiers of tasty treats and dainty delights.
The treats on offer include simple sandwiches triangles, fruit smoothies, and mini scones served with jam, preserves and cream. Then for dessert there’s cookie monster cookies, cake pops, jelly and ice cream shots, and rocky road.
And don’t miss a trip to the fabulous fairy trail when you visit!
Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Meath
This delicious children’s afternoon tea includes Ariel’s watermelon fruit pizza, The Bat Ham Mobile, Tinkerbell’s fresh fruit smoothies, Elsa’s Frozen blueberry yogurt pot, Olaf’s peanut butter fudge, Simba’s cashew & date bite, and Anna’s Frozen yogurt grapes.
Hayfield Manor, Cork
Complete with its own mini 3-tiered stand, Children’s Afternoon Tea at Hayfield Manor provides the same delicious array of goodies as the grown-ups get, just slightly more attuned to the younger palate!
The young sophisticated ladies and gentlemen of the Manor can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, including Nutella and banana fingers, chicken and mayo circles on homemade soda bread, ham and cheese triangles, free range egg mayonnaise with brioche, followed by a selection of tempting and delicious pastries and cakes.
Shoreline Hotel, Dublin
Whether its a simple weekend treat or a celebratory occasion, the delicious Little Mr and Ms Afternoon Tea for two is the perfect alternative treat for the little ones to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Available to order for collection on Saturdays & Sundays, the Kids Afternoon Tea Box for two includes a selection of tasty sea-shaped sandwich favourites, fresh fruit and of course delicious homemade sweet treats that are sure to bring a smile to those little faces.
Clonmel Park Hotel, Tipperary
Being good deserves a treat and what better way to reward your little one, or to mark a special occasion, than to be spoilt with a delicious Children’s Afternoon Tea!
The bespoke Children’s Afternoon Tea at Clonmel Park Hotel has a selection of all their favourites, including a selection of sweet treats and savoury sandwiches, all accompanied with a tasty mocktail, hot chocolate, tea, or an apple or orange juice.
Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny
Newpark Hotel has added a Kids’ Afternoon Tea with your little ones in mind. Complete with its own mini 3-tiered plate stand, and providing a menu of firm childhood favourites, the kids will love it!
Instead of the traditional tea or coffee that grownups drink, kids can pick from hot chocolate with marshmallows, strawberry or chocolate milk and fruit juice. All of this is served alongside a trio of their favourite sandwiches and treats that include fresh fruit skewers, mini jam doughnut, Smartie cookie, and cookies & cream fudge. Finish up with a white chocolate lollipop Bon Bon!
The g Hotel, Galway
Children under 12 can enjoy the Little Mr & Miss Afternoon Experience at The g Hotel which features a selection of delicious finger sandwiches and indulgent desserts, such as warm chocolate brownies with marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, and mint Cornetto served with a hot chocolate or a strawberry/vanilla/chocolate milkshake.
Radisson Hotel & Spa, Cork
Simply sit back, relax and enjoy a wide selection of savoury and sweet treats, delicate finger sandwiches and delicious fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves. To make this magical experience even more special, children can enjoy a special Children’s Afternoon Tea all to themselves.
They can wolf down their own selection of delicious treats from their mini three-tiered stand, including sandwiches, mini pizzas, iced doughnuts, mini muffins, and jelly and ice cream. Then, while the grown ups have a cup of tea, little ones have a choice of chilled milk, hot chocolate, babyccinos or fresh juice.
Titanic Hotel, Belfast
Experience the Golden Age of Hospitality with soft music in the historic Harland Bar or upper Presentation Room. Feast on tiny, soft sandwiches filled with delicious delicacies, freshly baked scones and flaky pastries oozing cream!
The new Kids’ Afternoon Tea is a delicious selection of sandwiches, scrummy scones and sweet treats for the little ones – and comes with homemade chocolate milk!
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Aghadoe Heights, Killarney
Not only are the grown-ups treated royally at Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, but a fantastic new Prince & Princess Tea Party for VICs (very important children!) offers a tailored Afternoon Tea experience for the young ones.
Younger guests can enjoy a tower of delicious treats, both sweet and savoury with the new menu – a selection of open sandwiches, homemade scones served with Aghadoe seasonal preserves, and sweets that include teacakes, pavlova and chocolate brownie.
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin
Sit back and relax with Afternoon Tea in Dublin at the Grandstand Bar. Enjoy the fantastic flavours of savoury and sweet treats, including savoury finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, mini scones with a selection of jams and cream, mini macaron, chocolate brownie with popping candy, mini apple pie, and lots more.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo
Enjoy Afternoon Tea, overlooking the Bay of Sligo and taking in the stunning views of Rosses Point to one side and Knocknarea Mountain to the other.
Children’s Afternoon Tea includes banana and chocolate pancake sandwich, roast chicken sandwich, M&M cupcake, scones, fresh fruit and marshmallow skewers, homemade ice pops, and a frothy vanilla milkshake.
Harbour Hotel, Galway
A very special Children’s Afternoon Tea is now served in the contemporary lobby of the Harbour Hotel Galway. Treat your little Prince or Princess to a 3-tiered platter Afternoon Tea with treats that include savoury sandwiches and wraps, scones, home-baked cakes and sweets, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, and milkshakes.
Celbridge Manor Hotel, Kildare
Take in the opulent and elegant décor of the Georgian-style manor house hotel and the newly refurbished drawing room area while you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.
Children’s Afternoon Tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches such as Kildare baked ham, cheddar cheese, and Nutella. Followed by the Chef’s selection of Assiette Desserts to include an M&M cookie, macaroon and chocolate brownie bite. If that wasn’t enough, sip on your choice of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows or Celbridge Manor mini chino sprinkled with chocolate.
The Inn at Dromoland, Clare
The Inn at Dromoland commands panoramic views across the Clare Hills and Shannon Estuary. Alongside a classic menu for the adults, the kids’ afternoon tea is sure to impress! Enjoy savoury delights such as a grilled cheese and tomato roll, chicken and sweet chilli wrap, Nutella on batch loaf, followed by mini chocolate eclairs, fruit skewers, mini chocolate and marshmallow croissant and rocky road biscuit cake.
The Old Music Shop Restaurant, Dublin
Set in the stylish and spacious Georgian dining rooms of the Castle Hotel in the heart of Dublin City Centre, The Old Music Shop Restaurant combines imaginative and classic dishes using the best and freshest of Irish sourced ingredients.
Kids’ afternoon tea includes a delightful mix of savoury and sweet treats, including homemade mini pancakes with Nutella and dulce de leche, rocky road bites, Oreo biscuits and lots more.
The Maritime Hotel, West Cork
Afternoon tea at The Maritime Hotel isn’t just for grown-ups, kids are invited to come along and enjoy tiers of tasty treats and dainty delights. The Afternoon Tea menu is specially designed for children, with honey or jam sandwiches, fruit cups and plenty of treats!
Maryborough Hotel, Cork
The renowned Maryborough Afternoon Tea is served in the light-filled Garden Room, overlooking 300-year-old listed gardens, or in Bellini’s Restaurant.
The menu is a fresh take on tradition with three elegant tiers of delicious sweet and savoury treats, while the dedicated Afternoon Tea Butler will help you choose from a wide variety of carefully selected loose-leaf teas and herbal infusions. Younger guests will enjoy dainty bites and delicious treats alongside the grown ups.
Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
Afternoon tea at Castletroy Park Hotel isn’t just for grown-ups, kids are invited to come along too and enjoy tiers of tasty treats and delights. The Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea includes ham and cheese roulade, chicken wrap, and a strawberry jam triangle, chocolate chip cookies, homemade scone with Nutella and marshmallows, Malteaser ice-cream, chocolate brownie, milkshake (choose from strawberry, vanilla, chocolate or banana) and babyccino.