After writing a piece on the launch of The Merrion's popular Art Tea earlier this year, we decided to get the glad rags on and try it for ourselves.
Why you should go?
If you're celebrating a big birthday, engagement, graduation, are looking to schedule a special get together after a prolonged time apart over the various lockdowns - basically if you have an upcoming event of any description that you'd like to be marked with a bit of grandeur.
Set the scene
The Merrion spans four restored red brick Georgian houses, and you'll find it at the halfway point between Stephens Green and Merrion Square, opposite Government Buildings.
Originally commissioned back in 1766 (also known as Dublin's Golden Age) by Lord Stanley Monck, the Merrion reopened as a hotel in 1997 following a lengthly restoration.
I mean, what can we say. An open fire roaring, warm light emitting from elegant chandeliers, appropriately plush sofas and armchairs and tasteful art in gold gilded frames. As you'd imagine.
The tea comes in two courses. First, the tiered plates you'd usually associate with afternoon tea holding dinky sandwiches, a selection of cakes and of course, mini scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and jam on the side. The second course comes in the form of three pastries inspired by pieces of art on display in the hotel, which you'll be able to learn more about from your server and the catalogue that accompanies.
First course of Art Tea at The Merrion
And the second course.
An impressive selection of teas from Chai Imperial to Rooibos Le Rouge, along with speciality iced teas and coffees made with The Merrion's house blend.
There's a specific entrance for wheelchair users by the hotel's spa, and lifts throughout.
There's a vegan afternoon tea available - I didn't get anything to take away so not sure what the story is in terms of compostable cups, containers and so on.
Be sure to have a wander around and check out the real-life works of art that inspire the tea, and feel a quiet sense of achievement when you match the paintings to the cakes. It's like an extremely glam Where's Wally.
Where is it again?
Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2.
How to keep up with them?
€55 per person for afternoon tea at the time of writing, and €12.50 for your first glass of Henriot Souverain Brut NV.