This Cork hotel has just launched a ‘Mad Hatter’ Afternoon Tea for Easter

It’s the mushroom cake for me.

Cork’s Imperial Hotel is transporting guests to Wonderland this Easter with their latest innovative offering inspired by the beloved and zany Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Affectionately known as Cork’s Grande Dame, the Imperial is Cork’s most historic hotel, located on Cork’s South Mall, right in the heart of the city. While steeped in over 200 years of history the Imperial is synonymous with creative flair and exudes a fun-loving personality. This Easter, guests are invited to ‘spring’ down the rabbit hole and journey into Wonderland. 

Following on from the recent ‘Queen of Hearts’ inspired décor the hotel team has devised a brand new ‘Mad Hatter’ inspired display in the hotel’s iconic lobby which features top hats and wonderland flourishes tumbling in topsy turvy fashion from the high vaulted ceiling overhead. The hotel has also collaborated with talented milliner Tina Coyne from Elizabeth Christina Design in Kinsale to curate a hat and head wear showcase in true ‘Mad Hatter’ fashion!


Prepared by the hotel’s talented pastry team, their Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea is definitely gram-worthy. Little bottles and cakes labelled ‘Eat me’ and ‘Drink me’ playfully invite you to sample delicious food and drinks with a mad hatter twist.

Savoury treats to look forward to include; a hot cross chocolate bun, buttermilk scone with cream and jam, cream cheese and cucumber finger sandwiches, egg mayonnaise on a brioche bun, mushroom pâté on brown bread, bacon jam and cheddar on brown bread.

Sweet confections on this menu include: ‘Grow me Shrink me Shroom’ choux bun filled with vanilla ganache, blackberry gel on a pistachio sablé biscuit, ‘Always Time for Tea’ spiced biscuit and a ‘White Rabbit’ carrot cake.

You’ll smile like a Cheshire cat upon sampling the ‘Mad Hatter’ signature cocktail which has been devised using local ingredients and Irish spirits for your delectation at No. 76, the trendy bar within the hotel and available to accentuate your meal at the elegant ‘Sketch’ dining space. 

The hotel was recently awarded supreme winner at the Hotel and Catering Gold Awards in recognition of their superb standard of hospitality, heartfelt commitment to sustainable business and constant  strive towards innovation.

The Mad Hatter themed package at the Imperial Hotel is available for bookings now until 16th April and includes an overnight stay for 2 people with afternoon tea, cocktails and a birdcage sharing platter to share plus breakfast included starts from €160 per person or you can also add a couples spa treatment from Escape Spa at the Imperial for extra indulgence. 

See for more. To make a booking email or call 021 4274040.  

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