The Connaught Room at Ashford Castle

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
Please note, whilst the restaurants at the Ashford Castle are OPEN, they are only accessible for guests staying within Ashford Castle for the time being.

The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868 - you’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savour every delicious moment.

The Afternoon Tea menu offers guests a wide selection of speciality teas or perhaps a glass of Champagne, delicate finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and home-made jam, not to mention our tasty pastries. It’s the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon with friends.
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TorstenIslei
Mayo
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and very friendly staff. Money well spend.

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CMag
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere on St Patrick’s day with Irish music in the background. Delicious afternoon tea.

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JRWaugh
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was fantastic, food was fabulous, views were breathtaking, and experience was amazing! Daryl at the Tea Room and George at the Gate were so kind and helping! Plan to return when Ireland is back on its feet!

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AilishB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea absolutely out of this world and catered perfectly for vegetarians also, service always outstanding. Love Ashford Castle for Afternoon tea.

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YvonneK
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best afternoon tea experience I've ever had. Our servers Daryl & Mattia looked after us like we were the only people in the room. Nothing was any trouble. The food was amazing and we probably drank enough coffee to fill the lake. I cannot recommend The Connaught room highly enough.

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WesleyG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the Afternoon Tea. Food was nice, offered seconds which was nice & chocolates to take home. Can't complain.

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DaveC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place to spend a few relaxing hours. Fantastic friendly attentive staff and a vast array of scones and sweets that we couldn’t finish but they’ll pack the left overs up for you to bring home. We’ll be back again for visit number 4 soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Mayo
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service in a beautiful setting
Highly recommend this experience

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience. A tad overpriced but lovely food all round

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CathalB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, staff and setting. Each brought a wonderful addition to the experience.

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celticwizard
Mayo
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon tea, delicious! Lovely hospitality, professional, friendly and courteous staff, wonderful ambience. We felt like VIPs!!

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CarolK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely afternoon, the attention to detail was perfect, waiters were excellent and food was to die for. Would definitely do this again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable experience

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JulieW1957
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely location and excellent sandwiches, scones and sweet treats!

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ShannonC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best high tea experience I have had by far. Everything about this location, food, and service were 10/10

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect in every way and what made truly special was our waitress Rebecca from Wales. She was so genuinely friendly yet professional and attentive to our needs.

Michelle and Fred

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BernadetteC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Setting and ambiance absolutely beautiful.Staff were warm,corteous,friendly and very efficient.From the minute we passed through entrance gate ,the setting was beautiful.We had booked afternoon tea and this was the only disappointment.It was one of the poorest I've had.Sandwiches were scarce and tasteless.Scones on the otherhand were gorgeous.Desserts were middle of the road.Staff could'nt have been better.

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sandwiches, desserts, scones, and tea were all delicious. Service was very friendly and prompt. The views were beautiful and the experience was one of a kind!

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Konisolde
Frankfurt Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Castle & Connaught Room are lovely and the tea was great! Only suggestion I have is to keep one server focused on one table as I had 3 different servers letting me know the exact same "recommendations" or asking the same questions 3 different times. Sandwiches were yummy, sweets delish, and scones hot out of the oven! I had a table with a view of the gardens and the fire - so very cozy and perfect for a fall day. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming!

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SPFoodie
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The high tea at The Connaught Room in Ashford Castle was our favorite meal from our last trip to Ireland three years ago. We booked it again for this trip, I was worried our expectations would be too high. It was everything we remembered and more! It is the most wonderful meal experience our family has had at a restaurant anywhere in the world. Additionally we have one daughter with Celiac disease and another allergic to tree nuts. Their towers of treats were flawless!

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vipAnnM
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a unique experience. Shane took care of us so well and the food / presentation was perfect.

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AmyG
Galway
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!
Beautiful room, cozy, comfortable. Staff were attentive and explained everything. First tea time at the Castle, wanted to go for my Birthday and it was a wonderful time. The tea sandwiches, dessert treats, tea, simply yummy! We also ordered the scones which were made to order and they were warm and delicious, a definite to order when at tea time. Was nice and quiet not very busy which was enjoyable. Highly recommend it, a lovely experience for a birthday!

All the best,
Amy and Steve

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vipmaxf
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the most romantic and special place we’ve ever experienced. The food and service was excellent. The castle is a special place and lovely location

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BrianB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way! Food quality of the tea sandwiches and treat excellent. The setting and ambiance can not be beat

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CandiceC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tea at Ashford Caste was one of the highlights of our trip!

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JeanSBostonMA
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we felt out of place your lovely attendant (Rebecca) made us feel comfortable. Great experience since I have wanted to do this since the first time I saw the castle in 1993. I would recommend the experience to anyone who wishes to experience such an elegant tea in a very beautiful room.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully beautiful experience! We loved every moment of this.
You get plenty of food and tea, so come hungry.

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ChristinaG
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a superb afternoon at The Connaught room today. The entire family were all in awe of the house and the surroundings. What lacked in weather was all but forgotten when the delicious tea, cake, sandwiches and scones were served. As my five year old nephew noted everything was so amazing and the vanilla milkshake was unforgettable😊 The staff was attentive and helpful. We can thoroughly recommend this wonderful and unforgettable experience!

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and view from our table service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Would highly recommended and will be back 😀

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vipMichaelF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time visiting Ashford Castle which was beautiful. The Afternoon Tea was lovely. We were the first to arrive and received very attentive pleasant service but as the room filled we had to ask to have our scone plates removed so that we could move on to the dessert plates. I had asked for a glass of water and it took about 15 minutes to get. They were busy but they kept walking by our table and not checking if we needed anything. The food was wonderful.

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MarkW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW..What an afternoon. Could take the place of lunch. Fantastic staff and very relaxing. Its a must for everyone.

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AmyS
Mayo
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! I would recommend it anyone visiting Cong.

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Somethingsweet
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, so happy they had a vegan tea option!!!! So much delicious food, go hungry. You can walk it off on the beautiful grounds. We also did the champagne tasting-so it took us about 3 hours for the whole experience-well worth our visit to the castle.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The Connaught room is stunning, staff was very friendly but difficult to get their attention. Also didn’t have high chair prepared despite putting a request when booking. Overall lovely experience

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Robert
Mayo
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tea was served in a beautiful setting with impeccable service. We took advantage of arriving early to tour the castle grounds and garden, which were fabulous. The experience was very lovely and every thing was wonderful. We would love to do it again!

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vipHelen
Manchester
134 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous afternoon tea - food of the highest standard and as much tea and coffee as you wanted. The staff were so lovely and the experience of being in Ashford Castle just made it for us. The only quibble was that we would preferred the coffee to be served in a pot instead of an individual cup and had to ask for more coffee but would not hesitate to come back again. We were given some chocolates after we finished. I recommend anyone to gave an afternoon tea with a special ambience or celebrating a special occasion to come here

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BarbaraF
Mayo
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the most amazing experience, we both loved the high tea as well as exploring the beautiful hotel and gardens.
We were thrilled to see the tour bus being piped in, something we would never experience at home.
Thank you so much for the
wonderful memories.
Barbara Fry

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AmyG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant experience. Felt like the cast of Downton Abbey would join us at any moment. A must if you are visiting this area of Ireland. We did the falconry and then followed up with afternoon tea. The sandwiches, pastries, teas were delicious and filling. The castle was like no other. Yes it is expensive but it was well worth the experience and to just see the inside of the castle.

MB
MarkB
Mayo
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was something my Wife and I had been discussing for years, so glad to have finally done it. It was everything we hoped.

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DavidR
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was an absolute delight for us from start to finish, apart from one of our party who had an abscess under a tooth (nothing to do with the Ashford Castle). However, the day was saved by the Concierge who obtained an emergency appointment at a nearby Dental Practice, within 30 minutes.
Service doesn’t get much better than that.

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The Connaught Room at Ashford Castle is rated 4.9 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

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