Do you like afternoon tea? At FOOD&WINE, we absolutely love it! There’s just something about those tiny pastries and mini sandwiches with the crusts cut off that really appeals to us.

We also really love Christmas – who doesn’t? The glittering lights, the indulgence and the fact that love, actually, is all around us make for one lovely season.

Combine the two and you get festive afternoon tea, which sounds to us like the perfect way to spend a day!

We’ve noticed festive afternoon teas cropping up all over the country, so we decided that we would round up our favourites to make sure you can kick off the festive season in the lap of luxury. Read on below for 2018’s top festive afternoon teas…

The Waterside Lounge, Macreddin Village, Wicklow

€32.50 per person, daily from December 5th

Home to The Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant, and the country house style Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin Village is a totally unique destination.

Get cosy in a comfy armchair beside the turf fire while you enjoy your handcrafted festive afternoon tea at The Waterside Lounge with a menu that includes the Macreddin twist on festive favourites, including smoked turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and Christmas pudding parfait.

To book festive afternoon tea at The Waterside Lounge at Macreddin Village, call 0402 – 36444.

Festive Afternoon Tea at Macreddin Village

Festive Afternoon Tea at Macreddin Village

InterContinental Dublin, Ballsbridge

€40 per person, 12-6pm daily from December 1st

The five-star InterContinental Dublin is offering an elegant afternoon tea this festive season. The hotel’s pastry chefs have created a menu featuring a seasonal twist on traditional afternoon tea dishes, so expect sandwiches with lemon scented paprika chicken or crab salad amongst the savoury options. The sweet element of this afternoon tea is sure to be a seasonal treat, with Christmas cheesecake, panettone bread and butter pudding and more all available.

Call 016654000 to book a place at InterContinental’s Festive Afternoon Tea or click here for more information.

The Conrad Hotel, Dublin

€48 per person, daily during December

The Conrad Hotel has gone all out this Christmas, enlisting the help of NCAD student André Parra to design their Nutcracker and The Four Realms themed decorations. The Conrad’s luxurious festive afternoon tea, which comes with a child-friendly option for €19, promises to get you in the Christmas spirit. Expect seasonal treats and cute reindeer garnishes alongside your dainty sandwiches. For more information or to book, click here.

The festive afternoon tea for children from The Conrad Hotel, Dublin

The festive afternoon tea for children from The Conrad Hotel, Dublin

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

£25 per person, daily during December

The five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast is also offering festive afternoon tea this Christmas. Located in the heart of Belfast city, the Fitzwilliam is promising afternoon tea filled with Christmas pastries, winter scented scones and more. There will also be mulled wine on offer, which sounds like the perfect way to relax after a tough day spent Christmas shopping! Click here to see more.

Cliff House Hotel, Waterford

€35 per person, 2-5pm December 9th and 16th

Another one of Ireland’s gorgeous five-star hotels, Cliff House in Waterford, is offering festive afternoon tea. Starting with mulled wine and featuring treats from the Michelin-starred House Restaurant, this afternoon tea promises to be a luxurious experience. The seasonal desserts will include fruit cake with Jameson glaze, eggnog trifle and a mulled wine fruit cube. If these offerings tickle your fancy, book now at this link.

Are you heading along to any festive afternoon teas this year? Let us know in the comments below