Whether you’re on a short break to Northern Ireland or organising a girls’ day out, what better way to kick-back and relax than with a well-earned rest at a Traditional Tea Room.
As we celebrate Bread and Baking Month, take some time out and visit one of Northern Ireland’s many tea houses, renowned for serving up delicious baked treats and a great cuppa, of course!
Maryville Tea Room, Belfast
Maryville House is a fine example of a Victorian gentleman’s residence on the cosmopolitan Lisburn Road in Belfast, and home to a classically-styled tearoom.
Beautifully renovated and opened in 2010 as a boutique bed and breakfast, the tea rooms offer a delicious range of breakfast, light lunches and home-baked fayre.
At Maryville Tea Room, famed for its Afternoon Tea, you can enjoy gourmet sandwiches, homemade scones with cream and jam and sweet treats all served with freshly prepared barista coffees and premium loose teas in stylish fine china.
The tea room is open Monday – Saturday 8:30am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Ballylagan Tea Rooms, Antrim
Ballylagan Tea Rooms are housed in Ballylagan Organic Farm located twenty minutes’ drive from Belfast in the village of Straid, County Antrim.
Ballylagan was the first farm in County Antrim to achieve organic certification from the Soil Association in the early nineties, and the first in Northern Ireland to open a fully organic farm shop.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm, the tea room serves a selection of light lunches, cakes, scones, tray bakes, teas and coffees, using the best quality, organic ingredients, some of which are produced on the farm.
Brownlow House Tea Room, Armagh
Brownlow House or Lurgan Castle as it is locally known, was built in 1833 for the Rt. Hon. Charles Brownlow. Owned by the Brownlow family until the turn of the century, Brownlow House is an imposing building situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of Lurgan town.
Purchased on behalf of Lurgan Loyal Orange District Lodge who own the property to this day, this recently restored 19th century mansion is located next to Lurgan Park and commands a stunning view across the park and lake.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 3pm, the Traditional Tea Rooms serve a range of speciality teas and coffee, tray bakes and scones.
Vintage Tea Room Moneymore, Co Derry, Londonderry
Serving up delicious home-made food, freshly prepared by Manor House owners Trevor and Irene, the Vintage Tea Room is the perfect place for an afternoon tea.
Fresh home-made sandwiches, cakes, and their famous hog roast bap are just some of the many tasty treats on offer.
Open Tuesdays to Fridays, 12 to 3pm, booking is recommended if you are interested in experiencing one of the Vintage Tea Room’s fabulous afternoon teas.
The Old Post Office Tea Rooms, Down
Located in the village of Lisbane, close to the shores of Strangford Lough, The Old Post Office Tea Rooms is housed in a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1840s.
Lovingly restored by owners Trevor and Alison Smylies, everything in the tea room is baked onsite from the hot cinnamon scones to the homemade wheaten bread, as well as a delicious lunch menu for visitors to enjoy.
Located close to Delamont Country Park and Castle Espie, The Old Post Office Tea Rooms are open Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm, and the perfect base from which to explore the stunning countryside nearby.
The Stables Tea Room, Florence Court, Fermanagh
Florence Court, formerly the home of the Cole family, Earls of Enniskillen, is surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains.
Owned by the National Trust, the Stables Tea Room is located within the Stable Yard at Florence Court. This traditional-style eatery serves a range of freshly prepared sandwiches, a delicious range of home-made cakes and tray bakes, as well as hot lunches.
After a refreshing afternoon tea, you can enjoy a glorious walk around the grounds which include a pretty walled garden and holiday cottage. The Stables Tea Room is open weekends from March 5th, whereas the gardens and forest park are open daily from 10am.
Allen’s of Caledon, Tyrone
Set in the picturesque and conservation village of Caledon, Allen’s of Caledon was nominated for a Fréd award as the ‘Best Cycle Café’ and serves up fresh local produce daily.
The tea room offers hot breakfasts, lunches and a range of indulgent treats and homemade cakes alongside award winning coffee, a selection of teas and hot chocolate.
Situated along the Blackwater Heritage Trail, customers can finish off their afternoon refreshments by browsing the neighbouring 1700 Georgian House which exhibits furniture, tastefully furnished by Allen’s in-house design consultant.
Open Monday to Saturday 8:30am – 5pm, the tea room is close to Armagh, Dungannon, and Monaghan towns.
Eating out is a key ingredient for any trip and Northern Ireland caters for every taste. From cosmopolitan fine dining delights to traditional afternoon tea, we have it all. If you’ve been inspired to feast on our local deliciousness, some of our top restaurants and traditional eateries will be playing host to special food events throughout the year as part of The Year of Food and Drink 2016.
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