Sunday 11 December 2016

Top five spots to have Afternoon Tea in Dublin

Classic sandwiches, miniature desserts and moreish scones are all on the menu for afternoon tea in the city

Kevin Shore

Published 16/11/2016 | 10:37

If you're looking for luxury, and who isn't, the Westbury is the perfect spot.
If you're looking for luxury, and who isn't, the Westbury is the perfect spot.
Famed for its afternoon tea, The Westin adds a twist to the traditional offering.
The Vintage Tea tours offers a unique afternoon tea experience.
Known for its chic décor and trendy restaurant, the Morrison is perfect if you're looking for a more upbeat vibe.
Afternoon tea at the Shelbourne hotel inspired by the artwork of Michael Flatley
Afternoon tea

We all like to treat ourselves from time to time and indulge in some of the finer things in life. If like me, you enjoy a good cup of tea and a chat, this list has some of the best spots in Dublin serving afternoon tea delights.

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Whether you are meeting friends or fancy yourself as the Dowager countess from Downton Abbey, afternoon tea should be added to your to-do list.

Vintage Tea tours

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My favourite spot on the list, the Vintage Tea tours offers a unique afternoon tea experience. Take a step back in time and climb aboard the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea tour bus. Full of nostalgic tones, this tour offers its customers the unique experience of afternoon tea delicacies while taking in the sights of Dublin city. If all of this isn't enough for you to get excited, the 1950s jazz music playing in the background makes this an experience that you will not forget. Prices from €40pp; www.vintageteatours.ie

The Westbury

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If you're looking for luxury, and who isn't, the Westbury is the perfect spot. The Gallery, located inside the hotel, treats its visitors with beautiful décor, an open fireplace, and soothing piano music playing gently in the background. Located just two minutes from Grafton Street, this is the ideal spot to take a break from shopping and meet with friends. Prices from €47pp; telephone (01) 679 1122.

The Shelbourne Hotel

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Afternoon tea at the Shelbourne Hotel steps it up a notch when it comes to five-star luxuries. Located in the Lord Mayor's Lounge, elegance and style are married to create a beautiful backdrop which reflects the hotel's long history. Escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets and indulge yourself in the aesthetically pleasing surrounds of the Shelbourne Hotel for some afternoon treats. Prices from €49pp; www.shelbournedining.ie

The Westin

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Famed for its afternoon tea, The Westin adds a twist to the traditional offering. For those of you looking for something different, The Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea might just be for you. Follow the steps of Alice and take a trip through the rabbit hole for the ultimate afternoon tea experience. From unique handmade crockery to The Red Rose Queen cocktail, The Westin has it some great little extras, making this experience one to remember. Prices from €32pp; www.thewestindublin.com

The Morrison

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Last but not least is the Morrison Hotel. Known for its chic décor and trendy restaurant, the Morrison is perfect if you're looking for a more upbeat vibe. The chef hand picks a combination of delicious treats while you sit back and enjoy the surroundings, overlooking the river Liffey. Why not make an evening of it and add a bottle of champagne to finish off the perfect afternoon?

Prices from €22 per person;www.morrisonhotel.ie

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