Our next foray was to the illustrious 5* Merrion Hotel for their aptly named 'Art Tea'. Named after the art which inspired each of their 'miniature sweet creations', the afternoon tea is served in the Merrian's lavish drawing room complete with roaring fireplace, overlooking a beautiful garden come courtyard which being so centrally located in the city is a welcome sight.
The staff could not be faulted. They were pleasant and very attentive, attending to our every need and did an excellent job of explaining how their afternoon tea works and that what makes theirs special is that each of their sweets and pastries takes it's inspiration from artworks within the hotel from artist such as J.B Years, William Scott and Louis Le Brocquy.
The first course to be served was the savory with breads and cakes. It came beautifully plated on fine china with and elegant cutlery. It was evident that the scones were homemade and coming in a selection of fruit and plain were absolutely delicious accompanied with clotted cream, raspberry jam and lemon cure. the lemon curd being particularly delightful. The battenburg cake was also quite lovely and looked great with the merrion putting their own twist on the classic sponge. Bringing down the first course ever so slightly were the sandwiches. we found them to be bland and lackluster which was surprising when you consider individually the use of cucumber, cream cheese and chive on tomato bread should have made for a delicious combination.
With the arrival of the second course came the mouth watering pastries. I haven't got much to say about them except that they were absolutely superb. We couldn't get enough of them, literally. With a mixture of fruit and chocolate they were the highlight of the afternoon tea and would alone make you come back to do it all again. Also just encase you couldn't finnish any of the afternoon tea they happily packed it up into a nice doggie bag :)
In conclusion, the Merrion's 'Art Tea' is a unique twist on the traditional afternoon tea experience, one which we would gladly go back for again and again. With the exception of some mediocre sandwiches which could just as easily been an off day everything else was flawless, from the pastries, to the service, to the venue. The whole day out was a wonderful experience and I would recommend the Art afternoon Tea to anyone.
The Merrion, located in the heart of Dublin city centre, is the capital’s most luxurious five star hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
This 5 star luxury hotel is to be found in the heart of Georgian Dublin, opposite Government Buildings and a few minutes’ walk from galleries, museums, the I.F.S.C, Dublin Convention Centre, pubs, restaurants and the shops of Grafton Street. (words taken from website www.merrionhotel.com)