There's nothing better than a cup of tea.
It brings people together, helps solve problems, keeps you ticking while you work and warms up chilly fingers. It's no wonder that it's become such a necessity in every Irish household. Whether you're team Barry's or Lyons, there's no denying that a cuppa can cheer up any situation.
Winter is here and usually around this time of year people are swapping pints in the pub for cosy nights in. You're social life doesn't need to decline just because you want to stay sober - round up the troops and book yourself in for a fancy afternoon of decadent treats and a warm hug in a mug.
Afternoon is fab when it's fancy but you don't need to splash the cash to avail of a unique and wonderful tea experience. Here's some of the usual favourites along with some alternative suggestions:
1. The Merrion
This lavish afternoon tea is like no other, it's a work of art.
The Merrion takes this dining experience to a whole new level with beautifully designed treats that are almost too stunning to eat. They serve up the usual tasty sambos and scones but the real show-stopper is the dessert that's inspired by some of the 90 pieces of art work from the likes of J.B Yeats, William Scott and Louis Le Brocquy that you'll find in the hotel.
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Cost: €49 per person.
€63 per person with a glass of Ruinart NV.
2. Airfield Estate
Take a step out of the hustle and bustle of the city and chill in one of the most beautiful sites in Dublin.
Spend the afternoon with your favourite people overlooking the beautiful walled gardens that are bursting with Autumnal colours and the rolling clouds over the stunning Dublin Mountains.
The menus are seasonally prepared to use the freshest seasonal produce from the Estate, which you can see growing in the gardens that you can stroll around after tea.
Cost: €35 per person, add a glass of prosecco €42.
3. Brown Thomas
In our books, November means CHRISTMAS.
Brown Thomas has just launched a fabulous festive menu that draws on traditional tastes merged with new flavours to create a truly unique culinary experience.
The stand includes slow roast Christmas Coronation Chicken sambos, poached eggs with white asparagus and truffle, and mince pies.
Along with all this, there's Christmas inspired tea's and cocktails to pair with the delish food. This menu will be running until January 13th.
Cost: €30 per person.
4. The Hazel House
Hidden away in the leafy Dublin mountains, you'll find the cutest Irish craft café, petting farm, woodwork shop & school, tucked away down a country road in Tibradden.
This cute and cosy venue has a lot to offer.
There's workshops, live music, loads of nooks and crannies to explore and the best part - it's in the wilderness so it's so calm and quite.
Afternoon Tea comes with a glass of prosecco (key) and if you're really feeling adventurous, you can order it to be served on top of Tibradden Mountain after your hike.
5. The Westbury
An elegant and luxurious venue with an afternoon tea menu to match.
The Westbury is the perfect place to take shelter from the cold during a busy day in the city. Sink into the comfy plush chairs and cosy up beside the fire place. The ideal place to have a big catch up without having to look at your watch.
For special occasions, there's a hugely popular Champagne trolley with the best bubbly around.
Cost: €50 per person.
€65 with a glass of champers.
6. The Vintage Tea Tours
If you're hoping to do something out of the ordinary - The Vintage Tea Tours is ideal.
Not only will you get to munch on sambos, scones and treats, you'll also get a guided tour around the city and learn a little bit about each area.
It's the ideal way to see the city, especially on rainy days.
The bus plays jazz music and you even get you're own travel mug to take home with you.
7. The Cake Café
A bohemian bakery tucked away down a quiet lane behind Camden street.
The Cake Café is one of our favourite spots for chill vibes and tasty grub.
It's a real Irish take on the famous English tradition and we adore it for that. The perfect place to bring your Irish mammy.
It's a bargain and even comes with a glass of wine or prosecco.
8. The Shelbourne
Get your fancy pants on and visit one of Dublin's most famous hotels.
The place is steeped in history and it's got such a charm to it. The elegant afternoon tea has some Irish classics including smoked salmon and Guinness bread, yum.
The presentation is top class, much to be expected.
Cost: €49 per person.
€64 per person with Champagne.
You'll feel those Paris vibes all over in the beautiful Ladurée on South William Street.
A wonderfully French tray filled with patisseries, financiers and madeleines.
Oh la la!
10. The Westin
A posh spot with a unique experience.
The Westin hosts a Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea and it's all about being out of the ordinary.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the tearoom is decorated with quirky decorations including goldfish bowls and the movie plays on screens in the background.
Pinkie fingers at the ready, it's time to get sipping.