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Afternoon Tea Sligo Style

A Short History of Afternoon Tea

You may be surprised to learn that the ritual of afternoon tea is a relatively new tradition. Whilst the custom of drinking tea was popularised during the 1600s, it was not until the mid-19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ as we now know it first appeared.

Afternoon tea was first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840. The Duchess found herself getting peckish around four o’clock and asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room at this time. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her. Such gatherings went on to became a fashionable social event with upper-class and society women choosing to dress up for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room.

This is one tradition we have been only too happy to adopt here in Ireland. Afternoon tea with a good friend is the ultimate treat and there are several great spots for you to indulge yourself right here in Sligo.

But First, Tea

We are delighted to bring Afternoon Tea to Enniscrone, with delectable Afternoon Tea available in the Atlantic Room daily.

We also highly recommend the award winning Eala Bhán which is located along the Garavogue River in Sligo Town and focuses on organic produce, when possible. The restaurant offers an excellent locally-sourced afternoon tea menu, including treats such as gourmet finger sandwiches with Bluebell Fall Goats Cheese, honey, thyme, local beetroot and sundried tomato and homemade scones with clotted cream. You are sure to enjoy the ambience of this bright and modern restaurant right in the heart of Sligo Town.

As elegant afternoon tea locations go, the stunning Castle Dargan in Ballygawley really cannot be beaten. Enjoy a delicious selection of sandwiches and bakes in the stunning surrounds of the Coach House Lounge for a historical treat. The tea at Castle Dargan is served with prosecco or without – the choice is yours!

The imposing Markree Castle in Colloney is another place serving up an afternoon tea to remember. Why not work up an appetite by enjoying a stroll around the magnificent grounds before soaking up the atmosphere within the castle. There, you can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with treats including finger sandwiches and sweets bites.

Something a Little Less Formal

If you’re looking for tasty treats but not necessarily the full afternoon tea experience, Sligo also has you covered.

Why not try the colourful and spectacular take away afternoon tea box from Hooked in Sligo Town? If the sun is shining, why not enjoy it outside for a picnic to beat all others. This deluxe afternoon tea platter is just bursting with delicious treats and locally produced creams and jams.

The hugely popular Lyons Café and Bakeshop on Quay Street is another great casual option, serving up a delicious range of sandwiches and sweet bites in a bright and modern space.