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The Connaught Room at Ashford Castle

4.9
4.9
278 reviews
€51 and over
Afternoon Tea
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

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4.9
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  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. TS

    TonyS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea was wonderful.
  2. RW

    RonnieW

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The afternoon tea at Ashford Castle was excellent!! Great afternoon to spend with your significant other!! Doesn’t disappoint
  3. GB

    GabrielleB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a little afternoon tea with my husband and toddler for my birthday! The grounds are just beautiful! Luckily the rain held off whilst we walked around and then we were seated a little early for our tea! It was lovely the staff were extremely attentive and it was such a lovely atmosphere! Definitely convinced me to book a nights stay. Even at that price. The attention to detail makes it worth it.
  4. AK

    AndreaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for afternoon tea to celebrate a special birthday and we enjoyed it so much. Thomas, our waiter, was so welcoming and an absolute delight to deal with. He was professional but also a lot of fun which made the experience even more enjoyable. All the staff we met were fantastic. Highly recommend.
  5. a

    annes

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My cousin and I are both gluten free. I was very pleased with the offerings we were given during the tea. The staff is excellent, the view is amazing, and the room is gorgeous. I will definitely do it the next time I visit. It was a lot of food and we walked away with leftovers to snack on later.
  6. KD

    KristineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the experience was outstanding! The food, service and ambiance were top notch.
  7. RK

    RoseK

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience...wonderful afternoon tea and excellent and pleasant staff from front of the entrance of the Castle to the dining/afternoon tea. Would love to come back soon. Fingers crossed.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful way to see Ashford Castle. Food was very tasty and service impeccable
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea was a delight. We were able to tour the grounds prior to our reservation and we were treated like royalty by all staff. We enjoyed the champagne flight option. I am especially thankfully to the staff for accommodating my food allergies. Do not miss this experience. A highlight of our trip to Ireland.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 17 September 2022Dear Anonymous Thank you for your recent visit and review into Afternoon Tea. It is pleasing to read that you found this a delight and thought this is not an experience to miss. I hope that on your next visit to Ireland we get to welcome you once again. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  10. L

    Luke

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the beautiful ambiance and the hotel grounds. The teas and food were delicious. We especially enjoyed the scones with the jams and the clotted cream. It was a memorable experience!

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 17 September 2022Dear Luke Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience. I am very pleased to have read that you appreciated the ambiance of The Connaught Room and felt this was a memorable experience. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  11. S

    Steph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    From the moment we arrived at the gate we were met with exceptional service. Every single member of staff were so friendly and attentive. We had a smaller room to ourselves with amazing views. It was perfect for our group giving a personal feel to the whole experience. The food was delicious. We would definitely return.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 17 September 2022Dear Steph Thank you for taking the time to leave a review following your Afternoon Tea. I am pleased to read you felt this was exceptional service and friendly service and thought the food was delicious. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  12. B

    Bridgitc

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea exceeded our expectations. Staff members were extremely courteous and and helpful. An excellent experience. Worth the extravagant expense.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 11 September 2022Dear Bridgitc Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for your recent Afternoon Tea. I am very pleased this exceeded your expectations and felt all the staff were extremely helpful and led to an excellent experience. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea for my. 60th birthday. We were royally treated from the minute we entered the main gate. The staff were courteous, helpful and friendly. Holly, our waitress was attentive and informative. The setting was idyllic and the occasion was thoroughly enjoyable

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 11 September 2022Dear Anonymous Thank you for taking the time to review your Afternoon Tea recently. It gives me great pleasure to read you felt that the setting was idyllic and found all the staff courteous, helpful and friendly and will share you kind feedback to Holly. We very much hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  14. MM

    MaryM

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable afternoon. Our waiter was fantastic. We were celebrating a birthday and he was just wonderful

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 11 September 2022Dear MaryM Thank you for taking the time to review your recent Afternoon Tea. I am very happy to read you had a very enjoyable afternoon and felt the waiter was wonderful, I shall pass your feedback onto the team. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  15. RJ

    RJGrimes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an experience no one should miss. The atmosphere, the surroundings, the view... everything was spectacular. Ashford Castle's staff are highly professional and so accommodating as well. I cannot even think of a single negative point to share, it was that good. Enjoy!

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 11 September 2022Dear RJGrimes Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback following your recent Afternoon Tea. I am most pleased to read you felt this was an unmissable experience and found it all spectacular. We are very proud of all our staff in making the guest experience so special, and will pass on your kind feedback to Lorraine and the team, We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  16. LW

    LesleyW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was all I hoped for, the interior is absolutely stunning, from the moment we stepped over the threshold we were welcomed at every turn , nothing was too much trouble, and it didn’t feel like we had to talk in hushed tones. Truly delightful and should I ever win the lottery I’ll be staying for the evening too! Thankyou so much for all involved oh and the ‘ doggy bags’

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 11 September 2022Dear LesleyW Thank you for reviewing your Afternoon Tea experience, it was very pleasing to read that you felt nothing was too much trouble and found this truly delightful. We very much hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  17. TS

    TSnFriends

    Denver

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun experience at the ashford castle. Service great. Ambiance awesome. Good good but I’m not a huge fan of this type of food. Ladies in our party loved it. Very pricey so it’s more for the experience than a regular dining choice.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 11 September 2022Dear TSnFriends Thank you for taking the time for reviewing your recent Afternoon Tea experience. I am very pleased to read you found this a fun experience and with great service with you and your party loving it. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thomas was an absolute delight and an excellent tea sommelier. The food was fantastic and plentiful (we boxed much of it for later). The experience was everything I hoped it would be and his service was superb. Highly recommend.
  19. ED

    EvelynD

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely afternoon tea and enjoyed our walk around the gardens. Holly our waitress was very friendly.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 10 September 2022Dear EvelynD Thank you for your review into your Afternoon Tea and highlighting Holly especially. I will share your feedback to her and the time and we look forward to welcoming you back whenever the next opportunity arrises. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  20. LO

    LOmD

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Lovely surroundings. Comfortable. Service was slow…afternoon tea was without tea for quite a while but we were given a small discount to compensate. Dessert choices contained 2 with banana … could have been more varied for a hotel of this calibre. In my opinion the value for money has deteriorated since i was last there pre-covid.
  21. N

    Niamhmclee

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing experience from the moment we stepped through the front entrance...friendly staff, amazing room, delicious food, beautiful decor and a sense of calm and luxury I'll never forget!!!

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 10 September 2022Dear Niamhmclee Thank you for taking the time to review your recent Afternoon Tea. It gives me great pleasure to read you enjoyed the amazing experience and I hope you cherish the luxury until we have the pleasure to welcome you back again. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  22. a

    aoifek

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for such a unique experience. We really enjoyed the day.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 10 September 2022Dear aoifek Thank you for taking the time to leave a review following your Aftenroon Tea. It is such a wonderful experience at Ashford Castle and I am very pleased to read that you found this so unique and enjoyed the day. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  23. MF

    MilaF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make sure you get there hungry, because it’s A LOT of food for the afternoon tea. Great service, food was delicious.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 6 September 2022Dear MilaF Thank you for your review on Afternoon Tea. I am very pleased to read that you found the food delicious and that the team gave you great service. I hope the amount of food made you want to join us again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  24. CZ

    ClareZ

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing venue, food and service. Would definitely recommend this wonderful place

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 6 September 2022Dear ClareZ Thank you for taking the time to review your Afternoon Tea experience. I am very glad that you found the venue, food and service amazing and would recommend this to others. I do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service, delightful ambiance, delicious food and tea. We had a lovely table by the window with a fabulous view of the lawn and lake, but all tables were great. This is special!

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 10 September 2022Dear Anonymous Thank you for taking the time to review your recent Afternoon Tea. It was very pleasing to read that you found the service impeccable and food delicious. We do agree Afternoon Tea is a spacial experience at Ashford Castle and very happy you found this so. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  26. EM

    ErinM

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular experience at afternoon tea!

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 27 August 2022Dear ErinM Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of Afternoon Tea, I am glad you found this a spectacular experience. I do hope the team and I get to welcome you back again in the near future. Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  27. L

    Lalish

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff, so warm and welcoming. Food was excellent and great care was taken to ensure all our dietary needs were met. Highly recommend spending an afternoon there.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 27 August 2022Dear Lalish Thank you for the time leaving a review. I am glad to read that you felt the staff were amazing and that the food was excellent. I hope we are able to welcome you back in the near future once again to enjoy. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  28. M

    Milo

    Tampa

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was amazing. The service was pleasant but slow, particularly waiting for our check. The staff did not really check on us after the food was brought out and we waited a long time- 25 minutes for our check.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear Milo Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. I am glad you found the food and atmosphere amazing with pleasant service. I will follow up with the team with regards to the wait and not checking back as this is an important standard in place to ensure we are aware of the guest experience and thank you for highlighting this as an area that we did not meet on this occasion. I hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy, Director of Food and Beverage

  29. MN

    MarthaN

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The combination of a stunning setting, lovely food, and very thoughtful service made this a special experience. I thought it was going to be pretentious but my server was absolutely delightful. She gave me a couple packets of Granny’s Garden tea (highly recommend) in case I couldn’t find it at the gift shop. That was so thoughtful.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear MarthaN Thank you for taking the time to write a review following your Afternoon Tea with us. I am very pleased you found this a special experience due to the stunning setting, food and service. We are very proud of our team being able to engage with guests to make them at ease and that you found them delightful. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future to enjoy once again. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  30. MA

    MAryF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fabulous experience and one for the memories ! Amazing food and staff so attentive and accommodating! Amazing selection of food and treats ! Stunning views of the castle grounds. Overall an amazing experience and wonderful treat !

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear MAryF Thank you for highlighting your recent Afternoon Tea experience, I am glad you found the staff attentive and accommodating, alongside the amazing food. We hope to welcome you back in the near future for another wonderful treat! Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  31. o

    oregongirl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun experience. The bulk of the food was scones. They were delicious, but for the price I would have appreciated more of the other types of food. Lots of desserts!

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear oregongirl Thank you for taking the time to review your Afternoon Tea, I am glad you found this a fun experience. Alongside the three types of scones we offer, we do have a selection of 4 sandwiches and 5 pastries and am sorry you felt this was not enough variation, although were delicious. I very much hope you do return again and hope to show you the full range to enjoy once again. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  32. ME

    MEKR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous afternoon tea in the Connaught Room at Ashford Castle. Beautiful setting and great view for those seated beside the window. The room is spacious and well laid out. The arrival times are staggered for guests providing exceptional service. Thoroughly enjoyed our walk around the castle grounds following afternoon tea.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear MEKR Thank you for taking the time to review your Afternoon Tea. I am pleased you thought this was an exceptional service and a beautiful setting to enjoy your fabulous Afternoon Tea. I do hope we are able to welcome you back in the near future once again to enjoy once again. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Molly was fantastic!!
  34. M

    Mariek

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. A gorgeous experience from start to finish. Will certainly be back.
  35. YF

    YvonneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea at Ashford Castle in the gorgeous Connaught Room is an unforgettable experience. It is the nicest, most civilized, most enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. We loved the ambience, the luxury, the delicious tea, sandwiches, and sweets. The service was sublime, every staff member was gracious and friendly.Our group was a great grandmother, grandmother, and 2 great granddaughters, ages 83-16, and every one of us appreciated the unique experience. It was the highlight of our 8 days in Ireland and a memory we shall cherish.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear YvonneF Thank you for taking the time to leave a review following your Afternoon Tea. I am very pleased to read you found this an unforgettable experience and the highlight of your trip to Ireland, and that that the tea was a luxury and delicious. I shall pass your comments onto the team as well and thought they were gracious and friendly with sublime service. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  36. PC

    PatriciaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab time mother's 80th. A cake and candle (did not expect). A great memory, throughly recommend. The gate keeper even expected us. A room with history and a view. The staff were attentive. The food gorgeous and the raspberry froth OMG devine. I will be returning with friends. Thank you.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear PatriciaC Thank you for taking the time to review your experience of Afternoon Tea. I am very pleased to read you took away great memories and would recommended this for the attentive staff and gorgeous food. We look forward to welcoming you back with your friends! Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  37. m

    marym

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Was OK latte not very hot had to call them for refills not great value for money paying for the surroundings
  38. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Afternoon tea, in my experience as an international traveller, who has had afternoon tea at some fabulous hotels, this rates as good. lovely sandwiches however cake selection/pastries need improvement. The lemon drizzle was hard. Boxing up the leftovers is a nice touch however the scones need to be separate from the cakes For €60 per person it needs to be amazing.

    The Connaught Room at Ashford CastleResponded on 23 July 2022Dear KatieM Thank you for your review and I am pleased to read you enjoyed your time and thought it was good and would recommend this. I have noted your comments with regards to the quality of some of the pastries and will review this with our kitchen team, as well as with our service team on the way the remaining pastries are packaged to take home. I hope we do get the chance to welcome you back again in the future. Kind Regards Chris Murphy Director of Food and Beverage

  39. ME

    MarianneE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a stunning afternoon. Staff are amazing , castle is more that could hear imagined . It’s the whole experience that really make made our day . 6 star
  40. AS

    ArthurS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely afternoon as always. Wish we could have the Ashford experience every week!

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The Connaught Room at Ashford Castle is rated 4.9 stars by 278 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Connaught Room at Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo F31 CA48

Additional information

  • Area

    Cong

  • Hours of Operation

    Afternoon Tea Daily 1:30 pm–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Parking is available in front of the hotel

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Liam Finnegan

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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