I believe that there is not a nicer way to spend a lazy Saturday than having a good catch-up over an elegant Afternoon tea. The only problem with this, is that after a while it all gets bit samey. This is why I was thrilled to discover that the beautiful Merrion Hotel offers a classic afternoon tea with a cultural twist. Their “Art Afternoon Tea” takes the normal routine of sandwiches, scones and cakes and tailors them to link in with the hotel’s very own, and impressive art collection. Wonderful artwork like my favourite “The Old Fox, Mount Charles, Co Donegal” 1977 by John Doherty are represented. After you have finished you can walk around the elegant Georgian building and explore the different paintings , their likeness you have just devoured.
The whole experience of this tea is wonderful. On my first visit it was a cold, rainy and windy day, really quite miserable, and we were quickly whisked into the most elegant Georgian Drawing room. It was full of deep filled couches and the most wonderful roaring turf fire blazing just in front of us. You really feel as if you have stepped back in time and it is a really pleasant environment to spend an afternoon. After you have finished, the staff, all of whom are very friendly and accommodating give you a souvenir book, which contains the entire of the hotels art collection for you to peruse at leisure. Which only makes you want to come back, to see what delicious items they will have waiting for you. I have already booked again!
It is expensive, but I feel well worth it as a treat. The prices range form €36 for the standard afternoon tea, to €53 for a delectable champagne afternoon tea, if you are celebrating something special. Don’t forget to book early to avoid disappointment. The dress code is not very strict, but I would suggest that you dress up to make it even more special.