Afternoon tea at the Europa Hotel Belfast

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We recently took a trip to Belfast city centre and to the popular Europa Hotel for some afternoon tea.  It is believed that the tradition of afternoon tea dates back to the early 19th century when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford was left feeling hungry in late afternoon, and so she had bread & butter and cakes to help tie her over until the normal evening meal time of 8pm – 9pm.  Afternoon tea has continued to grow in popularity and has become a British institution in recent years.  Indeed, many tourists flock to parts of the UK to enjoy afternoon tea, in the same way that many go to Spain to enjoy a delicious serving of tapas.  Afternoon tea in Northern Ireland has become an extremely lucrative business in recent years, no more so than in our capital city Belfast.  With so many hotels and restaurants competing to entertain guests with afternoon tea, we thought we’d check out the offering at the popular Europa Hotel which is a member of the Hastings Hotel Group.

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