A part of the River Room that is available for afternoon tea is really quite beautiful and very comfortable. It is not very big, and the seats located can very much donate the enjoyment of the view. In fact, one may not have a view of the river at all but a view to the entrance to the room and the staff organizing the delivery of food, tea and drinks.
There are around 5 tables for two whereby each couple can have a view. Otherwise, the tables for two will have one with a view and the other facing the service area. The rotunda in the middle is nice, again if you can sit on the side with a river view.
Excellent overhead view through the glass ceiling on a lovely day.
Having had afternoon tea in quite a few places throughout Ireland, notwithstanding that I am happy to pay extravagant prices for this pleasure, I cannot recommend the afternoon tea at Galgorm as one not to be missed. The sandwiches were miserly, at best, and not very tasty, the scones, not up to standard of Northern Ireland, the cakes (little pieces that they were) were not outstanding at all. There were "little" soup and salad starters.
Also, despite, the afternoon tea diners not being well packed with people, the service was so slow I thought that we should all get up and ask if we could help. Now, the service people were very pleasant, but we were asking on a continuous basis, if they could bring some tea, when would the food come etc.
We asked for some glasses of water, never got them until we were about to leave. When we did ask for them over and over again, each server said yes, such and such will be right back and then everyone disappeared.
We ordered two bottles of Prosecco, by the time it all came, we hardly wanted it any more.
A party of 8 people, who frequent Galgorm a lot, won't be back for the afternoon tea. It probably only worked out because we were nice people who had overseas guests and were hoping to make it a hit.
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