Afternoon Tea at The Merrion Hotel

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The gracious surroundings of The Merrion’s Drawing Rooms are the perfect place to relax and enjoy Art Afternoon Tea – a witty interpretation of the hotel’s extensive collection of art. Served daily at 1pm, 1.30pm, 4pm and 4.30pm, Art Tea is served over two courses with a wide selection of teas to choose from selected by the tea master.
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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special service. An amazing way to spend an afternoon.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, staff were fantastic and the food was superb

NA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambience and seating was very nice. Food wasn’t as fresh as it could be.

BR
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made very welcome. The service was very good. The portions were generous and the variety of sandwiches, breads and scones was lovely. We were impressed with the desserts and the creative connection to the impressive art collection in the hotel. We loved the experience and will return when we are in Ireland again.

C
Berlin
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lohnt sich auf jeden Fall, besonderes Essen und perfekter Service

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I have had afternoon tea in the Merrion before and was not greatly impressed and nothing has changed. On arrival at the lounge we were left standing waiting while the member of staff who was 'looking after' us went off to an entirely different area to get her list of bookings.

The table we were assigned was roomy and comfortable. During the tea we were served by 3 members of staff. It would have been far more efficient if only one waiter was assigned to a table. Then fewer mistakes would be made. Twice the wrong tea was brought to two members of the party. Perhaps a shorter list of teas and more attention would work better. The teas when they arrived were delicious but the teapots should be left on the table for the guests to help themselves. Even with 3 waiters the tea was not poured on time.

The sandwiches and scones were alright. The fruit cake was extremely dry and tough, very surprising at this time of year. The other cakes were great but the art cakes at the end were beautiful and delicious.

The general staff in the area were helpful and very pleasant as were the two main servers at the tea. I think the answer is keep it simple and make sure the food is excellent which is what I would expect from a hotel of that standing. Despite my comments we had a lovely afternoon together and thank you for that.

KN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to send my birthday. The food was delicious and the tea was as well. The vegetarian menu was lovely. Only good things about the whole experience.

GW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This is the third time that I have had afternoon tea at the Merrion. Unfortunately, this time around the food was not good. The bread on the sandwiches was dry and the cakes were not quite fresh. This is just not good enough for an establishment that charged €250 for afternoon for 4 [not including tip].

EL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovey atmosphere and food. A little overpriced. Overall a nice experience and h will return.

AM
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Service was slow and impersonal but everything else was perfect

MH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service would highly recommend to friends and family. Beautiful surroundings

MS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The tea selection was good. However, I am giving 4 stars to the overall experience due to : 1. Our table location which was poor and 2. Although our one waitress was personable and lovely, unfortunately our other waiter was rather snobbish.

CH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the whole experience. My friends and I were meeting to celebrate, having met, 50 years ago at our first day in the Central Bank, and we have been friends ever since. So the afternooon tea was just the ticket. Thank you to everyone involved, especially the young man who served us. A treasure. (Unfortunately I've forgotten his name, comes with old age!!) Thank you again.

Afternoon Tea at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on December 7, 2019

Dear CoraH, Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent visit to Drawing Rooms I was delighted to read your generous comments about the food and the service you received. It really makes it all worthwhile when somebody enjoys a visit as much as you did. I have already shared your kind words with the entire team here and they all join me in thanking you. Kind regards, Fabrice Furling, Drawing Rooms Manager

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KV
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected, afternoon tea we had at the Merrion Hotel was absolutely incredible. Staff are very knowledgeable about the product, are super friendly and helpful, they really know how to make you feel welcome. Food was the highest quality, everything from savoury options to incredible art desserts, it blew us away. Considering price is €55 per person, you really get the whole package and it simply exceeds the expectations.

PL
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Merrion is always my favourite place to go to whether lunch , spa or afternoon tea , a little haven away from the hustle and bustle. The afternoon tea was fabulous, the staff was really attentive and we loved every minute of it!

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Art Tea provided a wonderful opportunity for my two sisters and me to enjoy wonderful tea, coffee, sandwiches and lovely and luscious desserts in a beautiful building surrounded by gorgeous art. Our server, Brian went above and beyond in every way to make our experience extraordinary. The live harp music was an unexpected treat! Thank you for making our short stay in Dublin truly memorable!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting.
Large amount of food.
Artistic desserts.
Would have preferred if the tea pots had been left on the table or within accessible reach instead of waiting for staff to refill.

NL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was very expensive but a lovely treat. the service was excellent and the choice of teas was outstanding. I am just a bit sad that we didn't have longer to spend there. We were off to something else afterwards but easily could have stayed a bit longer. There was plenty to eat and we left feeling a bit overfull if anything. Thank you to the staff. The birthday girl was very happy.

N
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Felt like we learned how the other half lives!!

PM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’ve wanted to try the Art Afternoon Tea every since I saw Paul Hollywood visit the hotel. It was an enjoyable experience and the service was exemplary. The pastry chefs interpretation of the artwork in the hotel was imaginative and perfectly presented but we found some were lacking the flavour advertised on the little descriptions.
We particularly enjoyed the Raspberry & Passionfruit Tart and the little Battenburg slices but there was little apple flavour off the Green apple macaroon and the lime sponge, orange chiboust with lemon jelly curd was colourful but tasted strange. The highlight of the whole experience was the lemon curd, served with the jam and cream to go with the absolutely perfect scones.
The sandwiches were very fresh and well filled . I would have liked it if there had been some other type of savoury like a little tart or demitasse of soup rather than all bread based.
I would recommend you try this once if you can afford it but I can’t say that it’s value for money.

RI
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, within a pleasant environment. Staff were very attentive.

KF
Bath
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was lovely, far too much bread cake and scones.
We were seated on a sofa which wasn't the ideal place to eat, would have preferred a chair at a table.
We have had afternoon tea at many places including the Ritz.
We did enjoy our afternoon tea, their was only one lady serving on and the poor girl was running around like a headless chicken.
She needed help, then we would have had a better experience.
As our Tea was on a different table , I had to keep getting up to pour the tea.

PH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best afternoon tea experience in Dublin.

CG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was not just Afternoon Tea, it was an experience! My guests and I had a fabulous few hours. Spacious elegant rooms with wonderful turf and log fires made you feel at home ( a very grand home of course). Attentive staff, warm welcome, delicious eats, great choice of teas, and clever pastries themed on the Art collection of the hotel. The ‘Art’ thing is real and a genuine surprise! We came away with a lovely Art book, an elegant little box of the treats we could not eat and a promise to go back soon!

CO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was just so lovely. Relaxing. Fantastic service. Noone rushed us. Art was impressive. A perfect way for friends to catch up who have not seen each other in a while. Nice space between tables. Yes I would come back definitely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Myself and my Mum went for afternoon tea at the Merrion last Saturday. I love the Merrion

D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Very fun premise for Afternoon Tea. The waiters are very responsive and happy to explain the art, the food, and the tea. The savory sandwiches were not very impressive, but the pastries and 2nd course desserts were phenomenal and looked great too. As part of the fixed price, you can try as many teas as you would like, and they offer a lot of interesting, novel teas.

AC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful afternoon and the petit dark haired lady serving us was superb!

ER
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment you walk up the steps to the Merrion Hotel you are welcomed with a warm smile and greeting. The Art afternoon tea in the drawing room was the perfect setting. Seated next to the fire place our pleasant waitress added to our very enjoyable experience. The art desserts influenced by the hotel art was amazing!

MO
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had the pleasure to have afternoon tea at the Marrion. It was good but not fantastic. You have to know that I compare with the Savoy London, as the gold standard for high end afternoon tea.
Firstly, the choice of teas is good, but they do not let you poor your self, having the tea pot on a side table out of reach for the guest. Personally I find that not good it leaves you to the descretion of the staaff.
Secondly, the sandwhiches, acceptabgle but not outstanding, and no second serving. The cucumber sandwich was not a cucumber sandwich but a sanwich with cucumber and something else.
The pastery mostly sponge cake with marsipan, boaring to say the least.
The scones cold, very compact not near to perfect and very small.
The highlight of the tea should be the pasteries inspired by the art in the hotel, three of them. To of them hardly eatable, to sweet and odd in composition. The third was on the otherhand a delight, mango and passion fruit very good, would have liked to have had an other.
To summarise, over priced not living up to the quality one has the right to expect, I would advice to concider an other place to have tea if you are looking for high end afternoon tea.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was spectacular. The tea was amazing. The food was pretty decent- had a great time and highly recommend to anyone visiting!

CT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Throughly enjoyed my afternoon tea despite the fact no one asked us if we were enjoying our food or asked us did we enjoy our afternoon tea when paying. Didn’t feel the staff were up to scratch bar one member of staff who I didn’t catch the name off, very bubbly young man who made us have a giggle when serving our art tea desserts! He only served us those and sadly we didn’t have him serving us for the rest of the afternoon tea experience!

LA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and food and it kept coming !!
The staff were very welcoming and it made a wonderful ending to our vacation in Ireland .
Highly recommended .

JM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I have done a lot of afternoon tea in different hotels .And i would recommend them first .The staff were under a lot of pressure and look like there was staffing issues and not enough staff on duty .There were people who just joined the area form the bar .I would come back but only for dinnning experience in restaurant area .As i feel it would be a better experience. The hotel over all was beautiful.

Kindregards Jennifer McCarthy

A
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Excellent quality of food and attention to detail.

CB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food ! Loved the experience

OO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Lovely food and atmosphere. Staff were really nice. I would highly recommend it.

SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely people - highly recommended. We loved the artistic flair of the pastry chef and the inspiration of the hotel's art collection.

TB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a wonderful experience, with all the tea you can drink and an absolutely overwhelming array of sweets. (Word to the wise: They're happy to box up items you'd like to save for later. No need to take them all on in one sitting!) The space is luxurious and soothing. During my tea, a harpist came in and filled the room with beautiful music. A wonderful experience.

One quibble: Although tea is nominally the center of the experience, not much mind was given to steeping time. Most of our tea was served under-steeped. As far as I could tell, the servers weren't measuring the amount of steeping time at all. Consider bringing out a small hourglass with each pot to provide a countdown to perfection.

DL
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An excellent experience - obviously on the expensive side for exactly what you get but it's more a payment for the experience as much as anything else