Last Sunday I took my Mum out for Mother’s Day. I booked Afternoon Tea for the two of us at Maryville House, just off the Lisburn Road in Belfast. I had never been before but I’d heard good things and upon on arrival I was immediately impressed. Maryville House is a large beautiful Victorian house with high ceilings and big, light-filled rooms filled with period furniture, antiques and collectibles. As it was Mother’s Day there was extra pretty decorations around the house and although the place was packed with women, it was a lovely atmosphere to be a part of. Generations of women were there celebrating the special day.
Once we were seated we were given a menu to choose which sandwich filling we would like. I liked having this option as I’ve been to a few Afternoon Teas and you’re not been given the choice. Mum and I both picked the bacon, egg and tomato sandwich on granary bread. Like mother, like daughter, eh? I then choose plain English tea whilst mum branched out and picked ginger and pineapple tea which was beautifully fragrant.
When the cake stand was placed in front of us a little while later it definitely had the ‘wow’ factor. The dainty buns and sweet treats were particularly impressive looking. Once we ate the tasty sandwiches (which weren’t at all small and dainty!) we tucked into the scones which were so incredibly light and fluffy! I’ve never tasted such beautiful scones. Nowadays I’m so used to huge dense scones so it was a pleasant change. But the real highlight was the beautifully made desserts. My favourite was the lemon-curd style dessert served with the tiniest slither of shortbread. Mum loved the lilac macaroon. It wasn’t until later on in the day that I realised there was no chocolately offering but I didn’t mind at all.
After tea mum and I did a little shopping and just had the most lovely, girly day together. It sounds corny but mum and I really are great friends and can chat for hours and hours. Although she does still tell me off from time-to-time, reminding me that she is still my Mum!
Needless to say, I would highly recommend a visit to the Maryville House Tea Rooms. It is such a charming place. Did I mention the beautiful mismatched vintage tea cups and plates that they have? It was definitely one of the best Afternoon Tea’s I’ve experienced and I hope to make a return visit!