The Connaught Room at Ashford Castle

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Afternoon Tea

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The Epitome of Elegance. The lough-facing Connaught Room provides a delightful space in which to enjoy private dining or a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea - a ritual that extends back to 1868 at Ashford Castle, when Lord and Lady Ardilaun would take Afternoon Tea to discuss the events of the morning and the plans for that evening.




The Connaught Room is flanked with floor to ceiling windows commanding spectacular views of the Castle’s manicured gardens and the magnificent Lough Corrib. The room captivates guests with its inspiring Donegal Crystal chandelier, panelled oak walls and a hand carved fireplace.




The menu offers our guests a delightful selection of speciality teas, delicate finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, warm scones, hand-made pastries and cupcakes decorated with lovingly hand-picked wild flowers from the Estate by our Head Pastry Chef, Paula Stakelum.
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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything gorgeous! An afternoon tea at Ashford Castle followed by a few steps in the gardens and a promenade in Cong is an outstanding experience.

LG
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fab from start to finish a real treat
Children’s menu very impressive and a real hit

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was an incredible experience.

MM
Mayo
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time during the High Tea. We loved the setting, enjoyed the specialty teas and foods. It was a wonderful and memorable experience! It was one-of-a-kind!

JB
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We had a lovely afternoon tea, however for the location & price, I’d have expected better service. We’d flagged in advance this was a celebratory occasion but it wasn’t acknowledged.
We had to repeatedly ask for anything we needed, ie fresh tea, more milk etc. and the wait time for simple requests like milk/butter was very slow considering they should have been quite easy to provide.
A substitution was required on the sandwiches for one of the party due to an allergy and the alternative sandwich given was the cheapest substitute, ie the wagu beef was substituted for a 2nd egg mayonnaise. Even had the choice been given to the guest about which they’d like a second of as a substitute, it would have been appreciated.
Even when it came to paying, 4 of the party left the table 10 minutes after we’d asked for bill, and it was still about 10/15 minutes before waiter returned to take payment, and that was after asking a second time, and trying to catch someone’s attention for quite some time.
Tea service had been booked out several weeks in advance but it seemed like staff were understaffed/unprepared for dealing with a full room.
The setting is beautiful, it’s priced on par with other leading 5 star hotels in Ireland but we’ve definitely experienced better service from others, which was disappointing.
Had it not been a special occasion, and were we not enjoying our own company, I would have raised much more concerns on the day, but thinking back over the day, I definitely would have expected more.

AK
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely, memorable afternoon in a beautiful spot. Staff are very welcoming and friendly.

JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The overall afternoon was lovely and my guests thoroughly enjoyed it as it was a surprise treat for three elderly relatives and they were delighted. However, considering two of the three are on crutches and the third a walking stick, there is no designated disabled parking. We had to park quite a distance from the entrance which is up 4/5 steep steps. They were clearly having issues climbing with their equipment. No mention was made of the alternative entrance with a ramp. As I was helping my Dad, a fellow guest helped my Aunt, nothing from the doorman. When I asked where was the disabled parking bays, he shrugged his shoulders and said, they all are... Clearly not when it a 5 minute walk on crutches. You could easily have designated bays beside the entrance. Having recently being to Adare Manor with my Dad, where his disability was no issue... My guests didn't complain, they were thrilled, I just think it could have been handled better....

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely experience all around! Favorite experience of our trip to Ireland.

DH
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

I've come to the castle twice with guests that were visiting from out of country. The experience is mostly worth it, however the food is honestly quite poor. Some of the desserts were very good, but the sandwiches and scones were less interesting than what we make at home and were very boring and low quality. The meats taste old, and there isn't any exciting quality to them.

I do recommend High Tea as it's a great experience to see the castle, Cong, and experience a lovely time in a beautiful setting. But the food needs a bit of work.

AK
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I'm writing this review in a fair and very honest capacity. Without doubt the Hotel and grounds are simply splendid. The character of the hotel inside and out is exceptional. The staff and welcome is quality Irish and unique.

Above said, the afternoon tea was a big disappointment. The fare served was very paltry. Tasty? Yes. 5 star afternoon tea service? No. Dromoland Castle for instance is far superior. I can explain the differences at a later date if you would prefer that.

Regards
Andrew

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow what a treat. While touring Ireland I scheduled an afternoon tea at Ashford Castle for my wife and I. It was an absolute perfect afternoon. Service and attention to detail is spot on. We didn't need dinner as we were stuffed after all the treats. Enjoyed a walk around the stunning grounds. Well worth the price.

M
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing castle and grounds. This is the nicest place we have ever visited. Service was Irish awesome.

SD
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As tourists (Belgian), not familiar with the concept of an afternoon tea, we (two adults and three children) cannot rate this experience less than perfection. We could recommend this to anyone, looking for an experience that is a bit different, a bit exclusive , but still with a warm and welcoming feeling, thanks to the staff, serving us during our afternoon tea: thanks for this perfect afternoon!

E
Galway
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It was a nice experience but little things let it down. I would tell them to go to the gardens then ho and have tea and pastrys at the tea room on site....

TT
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and view. High-quality sandwiches, scones and sweets. Aromatic tea. "Baby Shark" being played at the neighbouring table was slightly annoying.

NF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience with lovely food & atmosphere. Lovely touch giving box chocolate.

MG
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, incredibly helpful and friendly staff. Price per portion is a little more than expected.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother’s Day Gift

JQ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! We were treated like royalty and enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend a visit for a luxurious afternoon tea. The jasmine tea was delicious as were all the yummy desserts.

y
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely afternoon with friends. Lovely food. Highly recommend

SL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievably the beat high tea experience I have ever had. The ambience is more appreciated with every turn and the attention to detail phenomenal. Amazing piece of history and an incredible place!

a
Galway
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

this was my second time having afternoon tea in Ashford castle .I was very disappointed as the service was poor.we had to ask several times for things which was forgotten or mixed up. it did impact on our experience and it was not worth the money due to the poor service.

K
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really great afternoon tea, huge tea selection and the pastries were delicious as well. It's nice to be able to explore the castle ground after feeling full from the afternoon tea. Staff are all very friendly. The Connaught Room is really beautiful.

M
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful place. Hard to describe how good this is without visiting. Magnificent building on the edge of one of the best loughs' anywhere in the world. Gardens perfect and extremely spacious. Staff very friendly and professional and not stuffy despite its grandeur. A worthwhile experience.

M
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best afternoon teas we have ever had !!! Love the chicken sandwich and lovely fresh hot scones.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High tea with girlfriends

CF
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea thoroughly enjoyed by my friend and I. Highly recommend for a special occasion. Another beautiful memory made.

VM
Galway
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Ashford it's amazing!!!!! The tea perfect!!!
We spend a beatifull day!!

SB
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a super day, the gardens were fantastic,the room for afternoon tea is beautiful. We felt totally spoiled. The sandwiches were delicious,and the desserts were spot on, even with gold flakes,to really make them special. Just a lovely experience,a memorable occasion.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea at an old Irish castle was an experience I will never forget. Thank you Ashford Castle for giving me the opportunity to give my mother the perfect gift. Truly a wonderful afternoon!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service!!!!! Beautiful property. Highly recommend coming here and can’t wait to come back again.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On my long awaited visit to Ireland I wanted to see this spectacularly beautiful castle and since I couldn't afford a room, and they didn't rent half rooms 😄, I took myself there for tea.
Everything about my experience at Ashford Castle was of the highest degree of quality and caring. The service, surroundings, the tea sandwiches, the pastries (brilliant, there is even a touch of gold leaf on one) the tea service itself, all were stunning. And I felt consistently welcome at every step. I floated out on a clowd of dreamy romance.

G
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous setting, delicious food in a quantity that was much greater than needed. Only go if hungry and avoid 19 Euro champagne.

CS
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea was an amazing experience from the moment we entered main entrance. Outstanding staff who are a real credit to Ashford castle. They made us feel like nothing was to much trouble. Complementary handmade chocolates were a nice touch when leaving. Cannot rate it highly enough. Fabulous grounds to explore. Wish we could make this a regular treat!!

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this special experience! FYI a 15% gratuity is automatically added to the bill.

MV
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first proper afternoon tea, and it did NOT disappoint. First, the Connaught Room is gorgeous, with large windows looking onto the lake and grounds, high ceilings, a roaring fireplace, and period decor. Then there was the staff, who were (like all Irishpeople we met throughout our trip) warm, friendly, and happy to answer questions and share a story. Finally, the tea service itself...phenomenal. The sandwiches (4, if I recall), desserts (5), and scones (3) ... (per person!) ... were all delicious, and the tea (I had the Golden Milk) was so good that I ignored my personal rule of no caffeine past noon and drank the entire teapot. We ended up lingering much longer than we thought we would because it was just so relaxing and enjoyable to sit there and chat and drink. Easily one of my favorite experiences on our whole trip.

LC
Key West
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Everything was fine. We had our Booking for 16:00 and were allowed to change for earlier.
The place is amazing and so are the gardens.
Thanks.

c
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful castle and grounds,fantastic service, gorgeous setting and room.

BN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience and every staff memember we encountered was incredible and really happy to chat to us. The staff made our experience.

BA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High tea at Ashford Castle is quite a special experience....from the sandwiches to the scones to the sweet treats--and of course, the selection of tea-- we enjoyed feeling like royalty for a couple of hours at the highlight of our visit to Ireland.

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