Best Afternoon Tea in Cork City

Whether you are visiting this part of Ireland or are based in Cork and have been wondering “is there afternoon high tea near me?”, you’ll love this list of all the places to find the best afternoon tea in Cork City.  From afternoon high tea to the best cream tea Cork has to offer, you’re spoiled for choice in the city.

Best Afternoon Tea in Cork City

The Metropole Hotel

Address: MacCurtain Street, Cork City, T23 EEC3

The Metropole Hotel Cork afternoon tea is served in the cosy Tea Room and is a great way to unwind in the city after a morning shopping. Enjoy a selection of homemade sandwiches, an assortment of pastries and delicious desserts. Artisan coffee and tea will accompany your food. And if it is a special occasion why not splash out and add a glass of Prosecco to your menu.

Check the hotel website for the latest menu, prices and to book.

A picture of a three-tiered tray on a table ready for The Metropole Hotel afternoon tea

The Kingsley

Address: Carrigrohane Rd, Sunday’s Well, Cork, T12 P680

Enjoy one of the finest Cork afternoon tea experiences at the Kingsley Hotel, with freshly baked scones, savoury delights, pastries, tea cakes and finger sandwiches. Situated on the banks of the River Lee, enjoy a fine afternoon tea in Cork City centre, or you can opt to have a takeaway Cork afternoon tea (pre-order 24 hours in advance). The Kingsley Hotel Cork afternoon tea menu also has a gluten-free option, and you can also add a glass of Prosecco to your experience.

Available every afternoon between 1pm and 3.30pm.

See the website for the latest menu, prices and to book.

A table set ready for the Kingsley Hotel Afternoon Tea

Hayfield Manor Hotel

Address: Perrott Ave, College Rd, Centre, Cork, T12 HT97

The Hayfield Manor afternoon tea is an award-winning high tea in Cork City. Taking place in the Orchids Restaurant, guests will enjoy an assortment of freshly prepared delicious pastries and cakes, finger sandwiches and scones, and freshly brewed coffee or tea. The Hayfield Manor Cork afternoon tea has a gluten-free option, and you can add either a glass of Prosecco or a glass of Champagne if it is a special occasion. The gluten-free option must be pre-booked.

Served from Thursday to Sunday at 1pm or 3.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Find the latest menu, prices and book by visiting the website.

A close up of the tiered tray of the Hayfield Manor Hotel Afternoon Tea

The Montenotte Hotel

Address: Middle Glanmire Rd, Montenotte, Cork, T23 E9DX

The Montenotte afternoon tea is a Cork afternoon tea not-to-be-missed. Featuring signature pastries, delicious desserts and more, this experience is served in the Panorama Bistro and your afternoon tea food is accompanied by freshly brewed coffee or tea. There is an option to add Prosecco or Champagne to toast a special occasion. The Montenotte Hotel also offers a takeaway afternoon tea for those who wish to enjoy this delicious experience in a different setting (pre-order is essential with 24 hours’ notice).

The Montenotte Hotel Cork afternoon tea is served at either 12.30pm or 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday. Prebooking is advised.

For more information about the afternoon tea at the Montenotte, the latest menu or details on how to book, consult the website.

A picture of an elaborate tiered tray set for afternoon tea at The Montenotte Hotel, Cork

The River Lee Hotel (Doyle Collection)

Address: Western Rd, Cork, T12 X2AH

If you are looking for the best classic afternoon tea Cork City has to offer, then head to the River Lee Hotel on the banks of the river. Serving afternoon tea classics such as cucumber and watercress finger sandwiches, to scones with whipped cream and preserves, along with a fine selection of savoury pastries and sweet treats, you’ll enjoy a classic afternoon tea in the Cocktail Bar in the Lobby of the River Lee Hotel, Cork. There is also the option to add a glass of Prosecco or Champagne.

See the website for further details, the latest menu and the latest prices.

A picture of a table set for afternoon tea at the River Lee Doyle Collection Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

Address: 76 S Mall, Centre, Cork, T12 A2YT

One of the best afternoon tea Cork experiences can be found in the Imperial Hotel in the city. Taking place in Lafayette’s Brasserie, the Imperial Hotel Cork afternoon tea is freshly prepared every day. Serving sweet and savoury delicacies, guests can enjoy treats such as finger sandwiches, tarts, pastries and scones. Guests with allergies or special dietary requirements should contact the hotel ahead of their arrival.

Served every day between 12pm and 4pm.

For the most up-to-date menu, prices and details for booking, consult the hotel website.

A close up of the tiered tray of the afternoon tea at New Imperial Hotel, Cork

Clayton Hotel Cork City

Address: Lapp’s Quay, Centre, Cork, T12 RD6E

Looking for one of the best afternoon tea Cork City centre has to offer? Then pre-book yours at the Clayton Hotel Cork City. Served in the light and airy Atrium Lounge, guests are welcomed with a glass of Prosecco (if the Prosecco option is booked) before enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. Freshly baked scones, pastries and finger sandwiches await your taste buds along with your choice of tea or coffee. If you are looking for a budget-friendly afternoon tea in Cork City, then book the Clayton Hotel.

For the latest afternoon tea menu, latest prices and details of how to book your experience, visit the website.

A table ready for the Clayton Hotel Cork City afternoon tea

The Address

Address: Military Hill, Saint Lukes, Cork, T23 T292

The Address Cork afternoon tea is one of the best in the city with both adults and children’s afternoon tea menus available. Whether you just fancy a treat or are celebrating a special occasion, The Address has an afternoon tea for you. Enjoy classic finger sandwiches, sweet treats and of course, freshly baked scones. You can even order a takeaway afternoon tea from them, as The Address is one of the only afternoon tea delivery Cork services (within a 15-mile radius). Gluten-free options are available and afternoon tea delivery must be pre-ordered the day before or earlier.

Served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

For the latest afternoon tea menu, prices and to book your table, click here.

A close up of some of the desserts of The Address Cork Afternoon Tea

Maryborough Hotel

Address: Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Cork, T12 XR12

If you are looking for the best afternoon tea Cork has to offer overlooking 300-year-old listed gardens, then the place for you is Maryborough Hotel. Served in either the Garden Room or Bellini’s Restaurant (your choice), guests will enjoy a selection of loose-leafed teas and herbal infusions along with a three-tiered afternoon tea of sweet and savoury treats. Prosecco or Champagne can be added to your afternoon tea. There is even a kid’s menu so the whole family can enjoy an afternoon tea in Cork. Booking is essential.

Served daily between 1pm and 6pm with reduced prices Monday to Thursday.

Click here to visit the website for more information, the latest afternoon tea menus and prices.

Maryborough Hotel afternoon tea set on a table in the hotel with various sandwiches, desserts and drinks showing

Cork International Hotel

Address: Lehenagh More, Cork Airport Business Park, Co. Cork, T12 H516

A great, budget-friendly afternoon tea in Cork City is to be found at the Cork International Hotel. Enjoy a signature afternoon tea with all the usual favourite savoury and sweet treats along with freshly brewed tea and coffee. If it is a special occasion, you can add a glass of Prosecco to the menu. Booking is essential and 24-hours notice is required, along with any special dietary requirements.

Served daily from 1pm to 5pm.

Visit the website to see the latest afternoon tea menu, prices and to book your table.

A picture of a table set ready for afternoon tea at the Cork International Hotel

Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork

Address: John Redmond Street, Cork, T23 A9TF

For a family-friendly, budget afternoon tea option in Cork City, why not head to the Maldron Hotel Shandon. With both adult and children’s menus that include sweet and savoury treats such as finger sandwiches, desserts and homemade scones, the whole family will love this Cork afternoon tea treat.

Served daily from 1pm to 5pm.

For the latest menu, prices and to book your table (essential and with 24-hours’ notice), click here.

A picture of the two-tiered tray on a table for the Maldron Hotel Shandon afternoon tea

Tara’s Tea Rooms

Address: 45 MacCurtain Street, Centre, Cork, T23 DVY3

If you are looking for a cosy place to have traditional afternoon tea in Cork, then head to Tara’s Tea Rooms. As well as tea, cakes and treats, afternoon tea is available at Tara’s at reasonable prices. You can even bring the family pooch and enjoy afternoon tea outside. Larger meals are also available.

See the Facebook page for more information.

A close up of some of the cakes and desserts of the Tara's Tea Rooms afternoon tea

So, if you are looking for the best afternoon tea and high tea Cork City has to offer, you have plenty of choices with this list of the best places for afternoon tea in Cork City. And if you are visiting the wider county, find more ideas on this list of the best afternoon tea in County Cork.

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Cath is an Irish expat now living in Portugal. She regularly returns to Ireland to explore more of the wonderful island with her family.

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