6 top spots for afternoon tea in Dublin

Fancy a fun and festive pick-me-up? We’ve rounded up some of the best spots for afternoon tea in Dublin where visitors will find plenty to satisfy their sweet tooth.

The Merrion Hotel
The stunning surroundings of The Merrion’s Drawing Rooms are the perfect place to relax and enjoy their Art Afternoon Tea – a scrumptious interpretation of the hotel’s extensive art collection which is served daily at 2pm and 4.30 pm. Enjoy precision-cut sandwiches and scones with homemade lemon curd and raspberry jam alongside sweet treats modelled on the hotel’s art collection. A feast for both the eyes and taste buds.

The Lord Mayor’s Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel
If you’re looking for a treat then a visit to the five-star Shelbourne Hotel is an absolute must. Taking tea in the elegant Lord Mayor’s Lounge has become an iconic tradition in Dublin. Take a seat in the plush velvet chairs and tuck into traditional afternoon tea with Irish influences such as the Castletownbere smoked salmon with Guinness bread. There’s even a children’s afternoon tea for little foodies to enjoy.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Stylish, sophisticated and with plenty of sparkle – afternoon tea at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel will definitely put you in a festive mood. Take your pick from the tea menu and then tuck into dainty sandwiches followed by mini scones and sweet treats. The zesty lemon curd tartlets are our personal favourite.

The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke
The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke offers customers a unique blend of contemporary elegance and innovative food. The restaurant is on the third floor of Brown Thomas, Dublin’s premier luxury department store, and their afternoon tea is the perfect way to relax after a shopping spree. The sweet and savoury dishes are made with the finest locally sourced ingredients and accompanied by your choice of Cookes tea.

Part club, part restaurant, House is the ideal place to catch up with friends over afternoon tea. Diners can choose from Champagne, tailor-made afternoon tea cocktails, and a wide range of teas and coffees. Don’t fill up on the scones – you’ll want to save room for their meringues and macaroons.

The Westbury
If you fancy a spot of people watching, then The Westbury is the place for you. Tea is served in The Gallery, a stylish space with views of Grafton Street and an impressive Irish art collection. Enjoy a glass of Champagne (or two!) from their Champagne trolley, before settling in for traditional afternoon tea.

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This is a guest post from freelance journalist Beatrice Clark. She has written for Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, among others, and has spent the past 15 years living in France, England and Scotland. She is currently based in Berlin and is always on the hunt for the perfect Eggs Benedict.