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Afternoon Tea at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast

It wouldn’t be a trip to the United Kingdom without a proper afternoon tea! It was my “little” brother’s first trip to the UK, and while the trip was 100% for his 30th birthday gift, we would be remiss if we didn’t experience tea at the Titanic Hotel while we stayed there. So here it is, complete with photos and descriptions!

The Dining Room

The Titanic Hotel is one of the most beautiful and historically significant buildings I’ve ever visited, and in fact, every room tells an important story! The dining room where we were served afternoon tea is the former Presentation Room. This is the room where the executives would gather to see the plans for new ships! The floors are original, the seating is beautiful, and the room is large and filled with natural light!

Tea is served in the Presentation Room!
Simply elegant place settings.

An added bonus is the view downstairs to one of the former Drawing Rooms where the executives could have looked down to see the draftsmen downstairs hard at work!

The view from the Presentation Room into Drawing Office Two.

The Service

Actually, our reservation was lost! But instead of making us feel like it was our fault or that we were unwelcome, our server Patrick was kind, checked again and again, and seated us with a view of downstairs. Speaking of downstairs, that’s where the kitchen was, meaning he had to run up and down the stairs for the food any time we needed anything! He never let on, though; the only reason I know is because I caught him bringing up two tea tiers for another party while I was on my way to the ladies’ room! That is dedicated service.

Afternoon Tea Menu

The Tea

How could I not get the rose tea, right? There are several teas to choose from (including an exotic Turkish apple tea that is not on the menu!), including caffeinated, caffeine-free, and floral, as well as coffee if you prefer it. Either option is unlimited! Want Irish coffee? There’s a bit of a charge for the alcohol, but that’s the only exception!

I chose Scent of a Rose tea!
Tea Selection

The Food

The Tea Tier

I have to tell you, the presentation here is even better than the Savoy in London! It was colorful, beautifully arranged, and most importantly: tasty!

The tea tier shortly before we dug in!
Sandwiches

Both Joel’s and my favorite savory was the egg salad, and we told Patrick so! I told him we are from the American South, and we know a good egg salad when we taste one!

Finger Sandwiches
The best was the egg salad sandwich.
Scones

For the two of us, we received four scones: two cherry, one plain, and one apple-cinnamon scone. Joel was kind enough to let me have both cherry scones! To accompany them, we also got strawberry preserves, lemon curd, and whipped cream. No clotted cream! I’m not sure whether that’s an Irish afternoon tea distinction or simply a chef’s choice to provide whipped cream instead. Either way, I’m on board!

Scones with trimmings!
Cherry ws my favorite!
Sweets

And now we’ve moved on to my favorite part of every dining experience: dessert! I loved the variety here. A little chocolate, a little fruit, a little cream, a little crunch, and everything wonderful!

The best for last… the sweets!
My favorite was the blueberry panna cotta!

What do you think? Would you like to have tea at the Titanic Hotel Belfast? Tell me below!

Need some pointers for a proper tea in the United Kingdom? Check out A Beginner’s Guide to Afternoon Tea!

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