The Emporium of Imagination

A Peculiar Tea was created by Chef Gemma Austin as an escape from reality and the stresses of adult life. Known to her friends as a female Peter Pan, Gemma loves the magic of children's imaginations and uses food to make her guests feel a sense of nostalgia and playfulness.

Gemma states, 'The kitchen is my playground. To me, professional kitchens shouldn't be full of shouting and anger; it's a place for family and creating something wonderful. Food should be fun. We spend 13 hours a day in the kitchen, why not enjoy it.'

As a restaurant, we are incredibly passionate about sustainability and animal welfare. We operate a no waste policy in our kitchen and do not cook foods we believe are over-farmed or unnecessary to eat. Therefore, you will never find foods on our menu such a Foie Gras, Eel or Lobster. We only serve the best British and Irish Meat and use local suppliers for all our fresh ingredients.

All menus subject to change. All dietary requirements must be stated at the time of booking to ensure we are in a position to accommodate the guest

*Please note this is a Tasting Menu and therefore we cannot change any dishes due to likes and dislikes. For this reason, we ask that only children aged 16+ attend at night time or children who are in a position to eat the 7 courses available. No children's menu is available at night time.

Served: 12pm - 2.45pm

Includes themed Sweet Treats, Sandwiches and Scones. The theme will match the Tasting Menu. Not like any Afternoon Tea you've had before. We offer Gluten Free and Vegetarian Afternoon Teas but no Vegan or dairy free options.

We are offering a children's afternoon tea for £20 per child under 14.

48 hours notice must be given for Afternoon Tea as everything is made fresh.



Do you take deposits?
We require a deposit for tables of more than 10 people
Do you cater for Vegans?
The last week of the menu theme caters for Vegan's
What dietary requirements do you cater for?
We cater for Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free. We cannot cater for diners who are both Vegan and Gluten Free.
Do you have disabled access toilets?
Our building is a listed building so unfortunately there is no disabled toilet facilities in the restaurant.
Do you have baby changing facilities
We do not have baby changing facilities at the restaurant.

44 University Road,
Belfast,BT7 1NJ
Northern Ireland

Telephone:  07513 069697



Opening Hours

1200 - 1500

1700 - 2100

Sunday 1200 - 1530

Children are welcome at afternoon tea but unfortunately from 5pm it is 16+ only

Please note that there are no disabled access toilets available

Prices are subject to change in accordance with themed menu