YoggieBerrie Cream Tea

I live close to YoggieBerrie, a café at Fortwilliam on the Antrim Road. My mum had received a voucher for Cream Tea for two so I was her ‘plus one’ a few weeks ago. (Oh and Niamh, of course!)

The Cream Tea is slightly different to afternoon tea, which generally includes savoury items such as sandwiches. No, this high tea is for those with a sweet tooth!

The Cream tea consists of scones baked fresh in-store (in fact, they were still warm which was great!), followed by your choice of shortbread and a selection of traybakes. The treats were washed down with either Barista Coffee or Suki Tea.

We both enjoyed our Cream Tea, even if we couldn’t finish it all as it was a sugar overload. (Saying that, I did take the 2 traybakes home with me for later…!)

Maryville House Afternoon Tea

It’s just over two months since I got married and I hadn’t had a chance to catch up with my bridesmaid Eileen since the big day! We decided to go for afternoon tea rather than a quick catch up over coffee, and searching around, decided to try Maryville House on Maryville Park, just off the Lisburn Road.

Marvyille House is a boutique B&B, but also has tearooms which have become more popular for its high tea. We arrived on Sunday afternoon at 2.30 (the last ‘setting’ as it closes at 4pm on Sundays.)

We were asked to pick one choice of sandwich each (13 to choose from), on granary, white or gluten free bread. I went for the bacon and brie with mango chutney, while Eileen chose chicken, avocado, lettuce and sweet chilli sauce. It was good to have a choice rather than have sandwiches set in front of you that you mightn’t eat, but it did mean that we only had two different options.

We then went for the handmade scones with jam and cream, and finished it off with the great selection of sweet treats, such as shortbread, red velvet cake and mini cupcakes. This was, by far, my favourite layer- and probably had a better mix of treats than some other afternoon teas I’ve been at.

I would have liked maybe a third sandwich option, but the buns and cakes definitely made up for it! Lovely! The price is £16.95pp which is good but you do have to pay £5pp deposit if you book so make sure everyone turns up!

 Afternoon Tea for 2
 Sweet Treats at Maryville House

 Choice of sandwiches
 Homemade Scones with Jam and Cream

Afternoon Tea at Avoca Belfast

With just a few weeks until the ‘Big Day’, you really do cherish just sitting down and relaxing with each other amongst the madness of final numbers and table plans!

So, last weekend we did just that and went for afternoon tea at Avoca on Arthur Street in Belfast. I’d been to Avoca before to have a look around  their pretty homewares and gifts- but I didn’t realise it had such a large foodhall upstairs! The menu looked great but it was afternoon tea on the cards.

We were welcomed with cucumber-infused water and a list of speciality teas which included Peppermint; Oriental Sencha; Elderflower and Lemon; Mango and Strawberry; as well as Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey. I went for the Oriental Sencha which is an exotic, fruity tea with hints of papaya and mango. A fan of fruit teas, it was very refreshing. Barry chose his old favourite- coffee- but we were offered unlimited top ups for both.

Then came the best bit- the food.

To start we had 3 different types of sandwiches – free range egg and cress – sliced cucumber, cream cheese, apple and mint – and roast beef, horseradish and watercress. The bottom tier also came with a wheaten sandwich with smoked salmon and cream cheese; a savory scone; and a vegetarian quiche. A lovely way to start.

It was then on to the middle tier which was a sweet scone served with jam and clotted cream; and fruit tartlets filled with custard and fresh berries.

Finally, we finished with a mini lemon meringue; chocolate eclairs filled with fresh cream; and chocolate and praline ‘spoons’ which came with chocolate mouse and chopped nuts.

The food was really delicious, especially the chocolate and praline spoons- despite the fact I kept it to the very end and was bursting by that point, I could have eaten a few of them! Gorgeous!

Afternoon is £18.95 per person or £21.95 per person with a glass of prosecco (which we treated ourselves too!)

If you’re a fan of afternoon tea, check it out! Very pretty setting with top notch food to match.

Avoca Belfast

Enjoying a glass of Prosecco at Avoca

 Afternoon Tea

Top Tier

Middle Tier

  Bottom Tier

Afternoon Tea at Slieve Donard

It’s been a busy few weeks! From a premiere of Hollywood blockbuster Exodus: God and Kings and afternoon tea in Slieve Donard, to Cool FM’s Jingle Ball and spending the weekend away in Derry and Bangor, so much has been happening in the run up to Christmas

On Sunday 7th December, I headed off to Newcastle, County Down, for afternoon tea at Slieve Donard hotel. Myself and two friends from university, Karen and Michael, had been trying to meet up for a few weeks to celebrate the birth of Karen’s first baby!

The Afternoon Tea consisted of a selection of finger sandwiches (including Glenarm Organic Smoked Salmon with cream cheese and cucumber on homemade wheaten bread, as well as Irish chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion and mayonnaise on white bread.)

The sandwiches were followed by, not only scones which is the ‘norm’, but also fruit loaf and lemon drizzle cake.

Finally, the selection of pastries included traditional macaroons, red velvet cupcakes and dark and white chocolate mousse. Great desserts! The food was complimented by a selection of speciality teas and coffees. I chose a nice fruit tea.

The variety on offer was impressive! We actually didn’t finish it all (and it’s not often I say that!) Luckily, we were able to take the rest home with us so significant other halves could ‘celebrate’ too!

The afternoon tea costs £20pp and is in a lovely suite overlooking the sea and Mourne Mountains. Definitely a good choice with those with a sweet tooth!

 

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 Afternoon Tea at Slieve Donard, Newcastle

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Afternoon Tea menu

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Couldn’t finish it all!

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Christmas sparkle at Slieve Donard