One of the things I found hard during Covid-19 lockdown was not being able to meet my friends for tea. There's nothing better than a cup of tea. It brings people together and helps solve world problems (sure why else did Charlie Haughey give Mgt. Thatcher a teapot in 1980??!). It keeps you ticking over while you work. It warms up chilly fingers and rests weary bones at the end of a trek around the shops. It's small wonder that it's
become such a necessity in every Irish home. Whether you're team Barry's or team Lyons..... or into new-fangled chai lattes…. there's no denying that a cuppa can give a gee-up to your day.
Some of my most memorable and happy hours are ones I’ve spent over a pot of tea with a close friend either at home or in a tea-shop….often chatting so much that we’ve had to order a new pot as the first one had gone cold 😊 . But if you’re feeling flush…or think you deserve an extra-special treat, you really can’t beat splashing the cash on an Afternoon Tea in beautiful surroundings. As Henry James said “there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as Afternoon Tea!”
Which brings me to this week’s blog on Festive Afternoon Teas, and more importantly - where to find the best festive afternoon tea in Dublin. Then, go on….book yourself in for a fancy afternoon of decadent treats and a warm hug in a mug…or china cup. Or better still, treat someone you love to an Afternoon Tea gift voucher this Christmas wherever you live. If you’re lucky, they just might ask you to accompany them….and sure t’would be rude to refuse!
Looking for the best afternoon tea in Dublin? Here are my 8 suggestions:
1. The Westin
This is one of my all-time favourites for Afternoon Tea any time of the year ….but especially at Christmas. It’s within a teapot throw of Grafton Street and Temple Bar and offers a unique experience featuring a gorgeous five-storey high glass ceiling Atrium, that floods with natural light during the day and twinkles with Christmas lights during the festive season. In my opinion, it is one of the best places for afternoon tea in Dublin and the most relaxing setting for a spot of tea.
Cost: €45 per person (cocktails or bubbly extra)
2. Morrison Hotel
Grab your best friend or partner and escape to the Morrison Hotel. This one is ideal if you’re on DNS (“De North Side”) shopping on Henry Street/ Mary Street. Afterwards, enjoy the Christmas lights on Henry Street and O’Connell Street to get into the festive spirit. I experienced the Morrison in 2016 for Festive Afternoon Tea and I thought it was the one with the best value. We enjoyed all the tasty treats and upgraded to a glass of bubbles and a Christmas Cocktail.
Cost: €30 per person at weekends (cocktails or bubbly extra)
3. 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 artwork from the likes of J.B Yeats, William Scott and Louis Le Brocquy that you'll find in the hotel.
Cost: €65 per person at weekends (cocktails or bubbly extra)
4. 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 outside world following a busy outing on Grafton Street. Sink into the comfy plush chairs and cosy up beside the fireplace. 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: €58 per person at weekends (cocktails and bubbly extra)
5. The Vintage Tea Tours
If you're hoping to do something out of the ordinary -The Vintage Tea Tours certainly will fit the bill. Not only will you get to munch on sambos, scones and treats, you'll also get a guided tour around Dublin city and learn a little bit about each area. It's the ideal way to see the city, especially on rainy days.
They usually play jazz music on the bus and you even get your own travel mug to take home with you.
Cost: €47.50 per person (cocktails and bubbly extra)
6. 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: €62 per person (cocktails and bubbly extra)
7. Fitzwilliam Hotel (The Inn on The Green)
Closer to Grafton Street you’ll find the Fitzwillam….at the Stephen’s Green end of the shopping street. This is super-handy for anyone travelling into the city by Luas Green Line as it is right across the street from a Luas Stop.
Cost: €39 per person (cocktails or bubbly extra)
The InterContinental used to be known as The Four Seasons back in the day ….but is still one of the best hotels in the city ....though a bit out of town. Afternoon Tea here is extra special. Just remember to raise your pinkie finger …and try not to slurp!!
Cost: €45 per person (cocktails or bubbly extra)
Bucket List Items Partly Ticked Off in the above Blog post
Number 39 - Food & Drink - Partake in Afternoon Tea in 8 Different Locations - 3) Dublin
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My name is Mary and this is my bucket list blog ...having survived a near-death experience. I hope it encourages you to "live your best life". See how I'm completing my own bucket list items. And let me know how you're getting on with yours!