Food & Wine

Sweet escapes: Five great afternoon teas to book now

Snowman carrot cakes, mulled wine baked cheesecakes and lots more are popping up on festive menus around the country

The Hardiman on Eyre Square in Galway: festive treats and easy access to the city’s Christmas markets

The Hardiman, Galway

Given its location overlooking Eyre Square’s Christmas markets, it doesn’t get much more festive than The Hardiman. Afternoon tea is €34 per person, or €42 with bubbles, with vegetarian and vegan versions available too.

Expect sandwiches like truffled egg mayonnaise with rocket, and slow-cooked pulled pork with kimchi, and sweet treats like apple crumble cheesecake, and pistachio and orange blossom tart.

Fancy an overnight break? Accommodation for two people with full breakfast the next morning starts at €299 per room. Book at or call 091-564041.