The Connaught Room at Ashford Castle
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.
Lovely setting and very friendly staff. Money well spend.
Lovely atmosphere on St Patrick’s day with Irish music in the background. Delicious afternoon tea.
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!
Afternoon tea absolutely out of this world and catered perfectly for vegetarians also, service always outstanding. Love Ashford Castle for Afternoon tea.
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.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Afternoon Tea. Food was nice, offered seconds which was nice & chocolates to take home. Can't complain.
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!
Outstanding service in a beautiful setting
Highly recommend this experience
Great experience. A tad overpriced but lovely food all round
The food, staff and setting. Each brought a wonderful addition to the experience.
Wonderful afternoon tea, delicious! Lovely hospitality, professional, friendly and courteous staff, wonderful ambience. We felt like VIPs!!
Had a lovely afternoon, the attention to detail was perfect, waiters were excellent and food was to die for. Would definitely do this again
A lovely location and excellent sandwiches, scones and sweet treats!
The best high tea experience I have had by far. Everything about this location, food, and service were 10/10
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
It was a unique experience. Shane took care of us so well and the food / presentation was perfect.
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
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
Superb in every way! Food quality of the tea sandwiches and treat excellent. The setting and ambiance can not be beat
Tea at Ashford Caste was one of the highlights of our trip!
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.
Wonderfully beautiful experience! We loved every moment of this.
You get plenty of food and tea, so come hungry.
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!
Beautiful setting and view from our table service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Would highly recommended and will be back 😀
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.
Wonderful experience! I would recommend it anyone visiting Cong.
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.
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
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!
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
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
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.
This was something my Wife and I had been discussing for years, so glad to have finally done it. It was everything we hoped.
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.
The food and service we both delightful! I would definitely recommend this experience!