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The Hardiman - Festive Afternoon Tea, Galway, Galway

The Hardiman - Festive Afternoon Tea

4.1
4.1
36 reviews
€30 and under
Afternoon Tea
Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Hardiman
The Hardiman has long been recognised as the home of the perfect ‘Afternoon Tea” in Galway city.

Treat yourself to the ultimate indulgence and a little time out from the real world.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Phone number

    (091) 564 041

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jonathan Mannion

What 36 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. CM

    ChristineM

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Lovely setting, but the afternoon tea itself was quite dissapointing. We also had a kids afternoon tea which was wholly unsuited to a child, essentially the exact same as the adult tea, just a smaller portion.
  2. II

    IreneI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    friendly staff, nice but not outstanding afternoon tea
  3. FD

    FoodieDarling

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Afternoon Tea Experience , the best in Galway for sure
  4. CD

    CarolineD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    First they seated us without taking our booking into account, so when they asked for dietary specifications we had to say AGAIN we are vegetarians. 2 days before we went to the hotel in person to ask if vegetarians was ok but apparently we just lost our time. The tea room is dark with aggressive lights, the staff is not smiling our welcoming. The tea : we expect different kinds of tea or a menu but they just said they donc have many teas, hopefully we knew we wanted earl grey but for others it might be disappointing. The tea was not warm enough and they didn't tell us when to remove the bag. The food : sandwiches were ok, scones were too sweat and sugary, and the cakes felt like just out of the freezer from a food company, not homemade. It was too expensive for this. The only good think was the pianist who was amazing.
  5. AM

    AnnMarieG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good value. Very accommodating to my dietary needs. Lots of attention from staff. Food was tasty. Pourover coffee was very weak. Noisy hen party in the foyer for a long time. Live piano was beautiful but a little loud as it’s so close to the tables. Would go again.
  6. AC

    AilisC

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My main motivation for leaving a review was to praise our fabulous server, she was fantastic & a credit to the Hardiman. She was so polite, efficient & very friendly. I sadly don’t know her name though!
  7. C

    Claire

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Lovely setting, service was good and the piano playing was really nice. The food was disappointing, seemed a bit stale.
  8. HP

    HeatherP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A delightful treat for the afternoon. Tasty bites, warm, friendly service, ideal for a group of friends spending some time together for a catch up chat.
  9. M

    Marta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Esperienza molto carina e positiva. Peccato che venga servito solo una varietà di tè, il classico tè nero. Per il resto molta varietà di cibo, qualità e il servizio fantastico. La signora con i capelli corti è stata gentilissima!
  10. KR

    KathyR

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from the US and absolutely loved our tea!! Our server Margaret was so lovely, making us feel very welcomed. Would recommend to anyone - great experience!
  11. CW

    CarolineW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    Service was awful slow and at one point the waitress was gone for 30 minutes at least. She was not waiting on others and I could not find her. Long smoke break? The front desk was helpful! The food was good enough but nothing special. The ambiance was not afternoon tea because we were sitting in the hotel lobby, not inside when of the restaurants. Overall I found it disappointing.
  12. MD

    MichaelD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Overpriced and very disappointing experience. Tea is served in the lobby steps away from the reception area, which was fairly dismal. Service is exceedingly slow. The tea itself was mediocre. We've experienced many wonderful afternoon teas around the world, but sadly this wasn't one of them.
  13. AB

    ABeneyton

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect service ! Great place, staff very lovely and the afternoon tea was amazing scone very good and also pastries and sandwitch, i don’t eat meat and cheese and the staff was very understanding !
  14. AJ

    AnJo110

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the afternoon tea experience at The Hardiman. Great value!
  15. B

    wendyB

    Brighton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice atmosphere and food but disappointed only one tea or coffee offered along with an option for prosecco which was extra cost.
  16. RM

    RuthM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    music in the background was gorgeous and the service was amazing! will definitely be recommending to friends!
  17. L

    Lana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and overall experience. Sandwiches and scones were delicious, desserts weren't great and not what was on the menu when we had booked. Would definitely go again though.
  18. MK

    MaryK

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable experience and beautiful Afternoon Tea service.
  19. M

    Maria

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The setting was beautiful and quiet. We had our own little area, decor was gorgeous. Staff were so friendly and helpful, each and every one. Food was delicious, could just have been a better selection of desserts with afternnon tea. Same bases, different toppings. Overall it was a really lovely experience and we will definitely be back. Thankyou to all at The Hardiman.
  20. DS

    DSEN

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic time. Staff were extremely kind & food was very tasty.
  21. S

    Sinead

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Some of the food was stale or prepared earlier that day as the end of sandwiches were stale. A menu would have been great as we werent exactly told what we were eating, Maragret was lovely but her product knowledge wasnt great as she told us one sandwich was prawn when it was actually cajun chicken and another was ‘cheese and prune’ when it was actually goats cheese and beetroot, we werent aware what was going to be served so when asked ‘any allergies’ had I known one of the sandwiches were Salmon we would have asked for no salmon as none of us ate Salmon so found that a waste then when asked what the desserts were we were just told ‘a selection’ - The venue was lovely.
  22. m

    marym

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Nice ambience, lovely girl serving. Hot chocolate nice but the sandwiches and pastries lacked finesse. Taste of everything was a bit lacking and maybe a new idea from the pastry chef would be nice. Very ‘hotely’ and not boutique enough for my liking.
  23. AS

    AnneS

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at the hardiman from start to finish
  24. RC

    RebeccaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Was bought as a birthday present so was a lovely treat. However I wouldn’t be raving about it to anyone and wouldn’t go back as it was ‘just okay’. Best thing about it was the fantastic piano player who didn’t take a break in over two hours of gentle contemporary music. Ambiance was warm and we didn’t feel under any pressure to leave. Sadly, food was lack lustre and unimaginative. Scones were the best part. Desserts were soggy, as if they’d been in the fridge a few days.
  25. AH

    AnnaH

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an absolutely fabulous experience , the piano added to the overall experience
  26. A

    Aisling

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The hotel and staff were lovely. Nice atmosphere too. The food was lovely. There were two scones each, both of them had fruit, I'd have liked a plain one! But other than that the food was fab. The lady serving us was lovely and she made us loads of tea and didn't rush us. It was great value at €22 each.
  27. MF

    MichaelF

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The service was attentive and the lady serving us was very sweet. Unfortunately the food and beverage was lacking. There was a hair in the water jug, the Prosecco was flat and warm (even after the Prosecco was taken back and new glasses were brought, it was flat, most likely because it was not kept cool enough.) The sandwiches were standard but pleasant, the sweets and scones were decent but could have used a little more pizazz. The cream for the scones was very disappointing, not clotted cream at all, instead it was lightly whipped and very watery. Also the placement of seating was very disappointing, there are lovely coaches in a more ambient section of the restaurant one would except to have afternoon tea at, instead we were put in a corner at the very back of the restaurant. All in all not a terrible experience but not what I would except from a place like the Hardiman, and not for the higher price they are charging, the whole experience felt like an after thought.
  28. H

    Hilk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Very pleasant staff, Very poor ambiance, no background music
  29. MH

    MicheleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience, great service and food was nice. Good buzz about the place.
  30. MO

    MaeveOS

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My friend and I met here for afternoon tea. We hadn't seen each other for a couple of years because of Covid so it was a special occasion. Our afternoon tea was a bit disappointing, especially the sandwiches. My friend is vegetarian but the options offered to him were very limited. However, when we brought this to the attention of the serving staff, they did bring extra portions, plus a comp glass of Prosecco!
  31. NP

    NicolaP

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The scones and cakes were very nice, sandwiches were very poor quality, processed ham and cheese, a scraping of egg mayonnaise, , the quiche was nice, we enjoyed our mocktails
  32. CL

    ChrisL

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    The afternoon tea was set up in the area just behind checkin, so was very open to public watching us eat. Service was slow and no one offered us more tea. Proved very difficult to track down a member of staff to take out money, went to reception to be told they would find someone who eventually arrived. Not good. Overall quite disappointing
  33. LW

    LeonaW

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The afternoon tea was overpriced the bread was hard and some had no fillings Very disappointing I will never be back
  34. N

    Niamh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were amazing so friendly and helpful without asking too much. Food was amazing and the atmosphere was lovely. Could have sat there all day drinking tea and eating mini cakes. Would definitely recommend and great value for money.
  35. MD

    MDAVIS

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Overall enjoyed the tea but was very disappointed with the sandwiches. Cheese and ham wasn't what we expected. Very poor. In all they tasted like they had been in the fridge, left out and then served. There was a tiny amt of egg mayo etc. The scones were fine and the cakes were lovely. Service was good but dissaponted overall Surprised for a 4 star. It was our wedding anniversary
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Price for afternoon tea for children is ridiculous. They’re charged the same as adults and everyone knows they don’t eat adult portions. Inquired about it but simply told they pay the same as adults. Waited 30+ minutes for the afternoon tea to come out … very slow very pricey

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Hardiman - Festive Afternoon Tea is rated 4.1 stars by 36 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 2 times today
Google Map for The Hardiman - Festive Afternoon Tea

The Hardiman 14/15 Eyre Square, Galway, Galway H91 NFD2

Additional information

  • Area

    Galway City Centre

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jonathan Mannion

  • Additional

    Indoor Fireplace

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