Recommended Dublin Tea Rooms
The Drawing Room at the Merrion Hotel - This five star Dublin Hotel won the 2004 Afternoon Tea Awards in conjunction with Barry's Tea.
One of the most enjoyable dining experiences at the Merrion is Afternoon Tea and it comes as no surprise that this five star hotel has recently received awards for this event. Afternoon Tea takes place in the Drawing Rooms which are quaintly situated overlooking two of the period gardens. These rooms are beautifully decorated in traditional Georgian style with spectacular plasterwork on the ceilings and impressive carved doorcases.
The Afternoon Tea menu runs from 3-6pm. This attractive menu offers a quaint selection of assorted tea breads, miniature French pastries, freshly baked scones and assorted finger sandwiches with Viennese bridge rolls. Customers can choose a pot of tea of their choice from a large selection.
Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2.
tel +353 1 603 0600
More Tea Rooms: Dublin
Bewleys - With the large, bustling tea-rooms, Bewleys was the perfect place for writers to come in and observe their fellow Dubliners taking a break, meeting friends and lovers and of course, drinking tea and coffee. Brendan Behan, Brian O'Nolan and Patrick Kavanagh were three famous regulars in the '50s, although those three renowned drinkers were probably there to sober up, rather than do any serious work.
78 Grafton St. Dublin 2; tel +353 1 6355470
10 Westmoreland St. Dublin 2; tel +353 1 6355400
The Tea Room at the Clarence Hotel - 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin; tel +353 1 407 0800.
Not a tea room, but one of the best places to eat in Dublin. Dating back to 1852, this five star hotel overlooking the River Liffey on the south quays is now an ultrahip hotel part owned by Bono from U2 who purchased it in 1992. The confusingly named Tea Rooms is situated in the hotels original dining room which has be completely refurbished and is light and airy. Chef Antony Ely is commited to producing a new style of cooking using only the best and freshest Irish produce.
The Gresham Hotel - 23 Upr. O'Connell St., Dublin 1; tel +353 1 874 6881
Harcourt Hotel - City Center, Dublin 2. The Harcourt Hotel provides an elegant lobby where afternoon tea is served daily.
Lynham's Cafe - Upper O'connell St, Dublin City Centre; tel +353 1 888 0886
The Terrace Lounge at the Westbury - Grafton Street. A freshly brewed pot of tea, accompanied by a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, crumpets and scones is a long-established and wonderfully self-indulgent ritual. Afternoon tea at the Terrace in the Westbury Hotel is a charming institution to be enjoyed at your leisure.