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The Hardiman - Afternoon Tea, Galway, Galway

The Hardiman - Afternoon Tea

3.9
3.9
61 reviews
€31 to €50
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

22:00


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • 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

Experiences

  • Ladies & Gentlemen's Afternoon Tea

    €38.00 per person

    1 Feb - 29 Feb 2024
    Book in for a romantic his & hers afternoon tea in our beautiful Parlour Lounge or Oyster bar. This new gentlemen’s afternoon tea (not just for men!) offers a twist on our traditional afternoon tea and includes items such as a gourmet mini burgers and sausage rolls, ploughman sandwiches, delicious savoury smoked cheese & mustard scones & more delicious treats. Our beautiful ladies afternoon tea (not just for ladies!) offers delicious items like pink gin choux puff, Baileys torte, whipped goats cheese & beetroot tart & an array of beautiful sandwiches.
    Ladies & Gentlemen's Afternoon Tea photo

What 61 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

61 Reviews
  1. NicolaF

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Could not praise our afternoon tea yesterday everything from the food to the staff was outstanding, staff members coming down to check were we okay and if we needed anything I thought was so nice as not many places would. I will defiantly be returning here again soon and really enjoyed the day. Thanks to all the staff at the Harridan for your kind service.

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  2. JoanW

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Margaret is lovely and jolly. I just expects more when it comes to food but nevertheless the service is fab. We chose coffee so we haven’t experience if they do explain the tea. We booked after St. Stephen’s day so I guess they are just a bit busy.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb location & lovely atmosphere in beautiful hotel. Afternoon tea was disappointing, few mistakes with order & had to return some items. Staff on the floor were friendly & doing their best.

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  4. DanielleR

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing. She was quick and helpful.

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  5. MaggieG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for afternoon tea for my best friend’s birthday. They came out with a complimentary glass of Prosecco each. On the tray of afternoon tea, they wrote happy birthday for my friend. She was thrilled. Was a lovely touch. The food itself was gorgeous and so filling. So many little treats to taste. Piano player as we dined along with the gorgeous decour for Christmas really added to the ambiance

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  6. Chantelle

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was excellent, especially the scones. Although, the ham and brie sandwiches were missing the ham. Our server was a bit rude and we had to go out of our way to get tea refilled or our bill. It was very hard to get anyone’s attention. Very small tea selection. Only a couple herbal teas or black tea (ans there was no tea list). The server took my cup away while I was still drinking my tea… Prosecco was flat and warm so not worth the extra money.

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  7. Vincent

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was lovely. No complaints. Great afternoon tea!

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  8. Mandewski

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was such a lovely treat for myself and my wedding party to visit the Hardiman for afternoon tea. Enjoyed the food and the ambience for sure.

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  9. DouglasM

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First tea for us so hard to compare. We are glad we did.

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  10. AnnaA

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service and the addition of the piano being played was beautiful, very romantic experience.

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  11. Mort

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was lovely, particularly the small pastries. And the refills of coffee were delicious.

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  12. patm

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very disappointed, had booked a high tea to celebrate our grandaughters 18th . Service was slow ,coffee arrived 10 minutes before tea so consequently was cold ,there was no mention of our grandaughters birthday until the end when the waitress apologised for forgetting it.

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  13. LouiseG

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    With this being an Afternoon Tea booking, I expected to hear about the selection of teas available. I had to ask the waitress twice about the tea options, at which point she went to the kitchen to find out for me. Perhaps they should be listed on the menu? No one came to ask if everything was alright, but another staff member was helpful when I called her over to ask for fresh cutlery. Altogether, I didn't think this was good value for money. The savoury options and the scones were nice, but the desserts were average at best and we didn't finish them. The lobby could have done with a bit of music for atmosphere. Disappointed and will choose a different hotel for Afternoon Tea in future.

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  14. KathiR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location. Excellent price. Very cool atmosphere.

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  15. MichelleK

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting, fabulous food and wonderful music! Highly recommend!

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  16. Karla

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had afternoon tea here recently. Firstly, when we arrived they had no record of our booking. Not only this, but we were standing in the lobby and being passed by a number of staff members without anyone asking if we were ok. I grabbed a waiters attention and asked him where we go for afternoon tea to which he said "I don't know". I then asked asked a waitress where we go, she asked us to wait and came back with an ipad in her hand. I gave her my name and she said they had no record of our booking. I told her it was booked for 3pm and I had confirmed it yesterday. She said there was an issue with the system and that none of the bookings had come through. She asked me to wait, then passed a short time later with cups and saucers. I had to correct her and tell her the booking was for 4 ppl and not just us 2. We told her we would wait in the bar. When we went to the bar there were 3 bar staff there, none of which offered a menu or asked if we wanted a drink. I got up and asked for the menu. We were then brought to our table for tea. The tea was brought down and spilled all over the table. They brought our drinks out from the bar, and then brought the afternoon tea, 45 minutes later. We weren't told what was in the sandwiches. The scones were stale, the cakes were only ok, again we hadn't a clue what was in them. We had to ask several times for more tea and milk. When the milk was brought this was spilled all over the carpet beside us, the entire experience was just a shambles and we found ourselves almost wanting to fend for ourselves (it would have been easier). All in all the experience was not a very enjoyable one from start to finish. The staff seemed inexperienced and the place lacked a manager or just someone taking control of everything on the day. The food was only ok, the sandwiches were the best part (even though we still don't know what some of them were). It was very disappointing for such a beautiful looking hotel!

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  17. AlisonB

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was fine except the scones which appeared to have been defrosted in the microwave. They were ROCK hard in the centre and inedible. Wait staff attention was great.
    The Hardiman - Afternoon TeaResponded on 29 April 2023
    Dear AlisonB, Thank you for leaving a review and such lovely comments about our wait staff. I am sorry to hear there was an issue with the scones, I will ensure this is brought to our head chef. Kindest regards, Alanna Starnes

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  18. Stel

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    staff were very helpful and polite. area for afternoon tea is a non window area behind reception - would be nice if it was in a bright area with a view.

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  19. KatieK

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was wonderful, and we enjoyed all of the sandwiches, desserts, and tea.

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  20. ColleenM

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The tea and food were great, a bit small but was fresh and tasted good. A bit pricy so maybe save it for a special occasion. But the atmosphere and decor was beautiful and the pianist was very talented so overall I’d say the cost is more for the experience.

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  21. KMR1

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The Hardiman is a stunning hotel and I had high hopes for the Afternoon Tea. Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations or the price. We had Afternoon Tea for 2, the food provided was all miniature in size which is also not reflected in their advertising photos of the same offering. The coffee pot provided for 2 people was only a 2 cup pot so we only had one small cup of coffee each. We were left alone so we had to find our server to ask for more. Another thing I found odd was that a menu was not provided so we were not informed what we were eating. I just think the Hardiman can do better, and with the total being €56 for 2 people, you can have an AMAZING meal in their Oyster Bar for the same price, if not less.

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  22. SelimeD

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was a bit slow, the was not early grey, could be more savory in the menu, the amount was enough

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  23. WandaC

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The hightea snacks were a combination of sweet and savoury - well balanced. Some of the snacks were made just before serving, while some did stand a while without covering. The server was frazzled and rushed. I did enjoy the experience and the food was ample.

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  24. LauraI

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed that we had mentioned when booking that we were celebrating our sons First Birthday but no candle could be found when it came to eating the cake layer ? I find that very strange in a hotel that you would be used to similar requests. Particularly when on booking the staff member made sure to note his name..gave me the impression that a small gesture was to be made for his birthday..also on booking I was told it was 25 euro for two children's teas . However we were charged 30! Little things like this sour the experience. Halfways through our tea the bill was dropped down as the waitress explained she was in her own words "heading out the door" when I expressed that we would like more tea or coffee she said we could contact her colleagues..but this meant twice leaving our seats and going into the bar to find a staff member. There was no one in the afternoon tea area to check were we doing ok, did we need anything else . The afternoon tea was placed on our table and we felt forgotten about. Even when it came to paying, we had to twice look for the attention of staff. Overall, we wouldn't be back which is so disappointing considering the prime location you are in for a festive afternoon tea

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  25. MichelleB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon tea, Mary our Maitre”d was superb. Despite the hectic nature of the venues various bars and eating areas, she served our every need. An absolute professional and assert to the hotel. Thank you Mary!

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  26. ChristineM

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  27. IreneI

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    friendly staff, nice but not outstanding afternoon tea

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  28. FoodieDarling

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Afternoon Tea Experience , the best in Galway for sure

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  29. CarolineD

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  30. AnnMarieG

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  31. AilisC

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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  32. Claire

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely setting, service was good and the piano playing was really nice. The food was disappointing, seemed a bit stale.

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  33. HeatherP

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  34. Marta

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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  35. KathyR

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  36. CarolineW

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  37. MichaelD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    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.

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  38. ABeneyton

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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 !

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  39. AnJo110

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the afternoon tea experience at The Hardiman. Great value!

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  40. local

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere and food but disappointed only one tea or coffee offered along with an option for prosecco which was extra cost.

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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 - Afternoon Tea is rated 3.9 stars by 61 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

22:00


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Hardiman - 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
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Vegan
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