So here we are again, on the on the countdown to Christmas! Work is insanely busy at the moment so the weeks are flying by and I really can’t wait for some time off to just chill out at home, watch tv and catch up with people.
Before work got too crazy I managed to fit in a day off work and took my Mam into town for a birthday treat of Afternoon Tea in The Merrion Hotel. We are slowly working our way around all of the lovely afternoon teas on offer in the city and having read numerous great reports of Art Afternoon Tea at The Merrion we were really looking forward to it!
I’ve stayed at and reviewed The Merrion before and really feel like it has something other hotels in the city don’t have… a sense of calm and quiet in spite of it being so close to center of town. The setting is peaceful and relaxed, and perfect for an Afternoon Tea.
The idea behind the Art Afternoon Tea is that the second course of treats is inspired by the actual art in the hotel. They change it up regularly and base it around a different three paintings.
So we settled ourselves down with a coffee (I know, a sin with all the fancy teas on offer!) and browsed the menu to see what deliciousness was coming our way….
Our stand came out piled with goodies. On the top layer was our clotted cream, jam and THE NICEST LEMON CURD I HAVE EVER TASTED! Honestly, it was so amazing it deserved capital letters 🙂
The middle plate had our sweet treats of mini fruit and plain scones, lemon bread, portercake and Battenberg which was also based around one of the paintings hanging in the hotel.
Lastly on the bottom plate were the savoury options, ham with tarragon and mustard on white bread, chicken with truffle mayonnaise on sunflower bread, smoked salmon on brown bread, duck egg mayonnaise on a brioche bun and cucumber with mint and Glenillen yoghurt on white bread….
.. along with a separate plate of veggie savoury options for me. The little side shot of Gazpacho was extremely tasty too and a nice touch.
After a brief rest to digest all of that, the second course came out. Looking almost too pretty to eat… almost 🙂 Each of the little masterpieces had a resemblance to the little cards that had been placed on the table
Roses & Temple Painting – Rosewater and Orange Mousse on a White Chocolate Feuilletine
Path Moorea Painting – Chocolate Trinity
The Old Fox Painting – Green Apple Macaron
We didn’t manage to finish absolutely everything on our plates so the staff boxed up a nice little package of treats for us to enjoy over the next few days. Afternoon Tea in the Merrion was a lovely relaxing way to spend the afternoon and I’d definitely recommend it for a treat.
Afternoon Tea (without the additional Champagne) is €45 per person.