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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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience of afternoon tea at the Merrion was brilliant. The service was perfect - friendly but professional and very knowledgeable. The detail that went into each aspect was exquisite, particularly the second course of mini desserts inspired by pieces of art in the hotel. The atmosphere was very relaxed and we did not feel rushed in any way. Would highly recommend as a special treat!

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SD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed with the slow service between the 2 courses. After 1h15 minutes we had to ask for the second course to be boxed as we could not stay any longer. We did appreciate however when we were not charged for the champagne to compensate, but we would rather have eaten all our meal there.

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Responded 2 days ago

Dear Siobhan, while I note that you review of the Art Tea was positive on the whole, I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment regarding the slow service. I would like to offer my sincere apologies. Please rest assured that your honest feedback has been taken on board fully. We are continuously striving to improve on the service we offer and your comments are greatly appreciated. I hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thank you again, Regards, Fabrice Furling, Manager

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JH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing, once in a lifetime experience. Would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Dublin. Pricey, but worth it.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish the afternoon tea experience at the Merrion is impeccable - incredibly welcoming staff who made sure our tea cups were never empty and were incredibly attentive without being overbearing. Compliments to the chef as the desserts were the nicest we’ve ever had, overall 12/10 and we’ll definitely be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent!!

A suggestion is to put on some background music.

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KE
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My mother and I, really enjoyed our afternoon tea experience. The staff were excellent, the food was good and the afternoon tea eating area was a perfect setting for afternoon tea. To our surprise the afternoon tea was a 2 course meal. Starting with the classic afternoon tea and then ending with a chef special called 'art tea'. What was made up out of three cakes/pastries, what were inspired by three of the many paintings they have hanging in the Merrion Hotel.
We found our experience delightful and pleasantly surprised with the lovely 'art tea' cakes. A must visit if you enjoy a good afternoon tea...

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L
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This hotel is superb, nice welcoming staff, beautiful room and confortable armchairs. The sandwiches were tasty, the cucumber one was my least favourite, the rest of the cakes and scones were very tasty, as soon as your tea was finished they will bring you another one, very attentive service. The work of art cakes were amazing,. We asked for a glass of champagne but we found it quite acidic. Overall it was a beautiful experience.

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PP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Staff were very helpful and nice but they were a bit slow to replace empty teapots and cream. They were much more attentive the last time I was there a few years ago. I think they were under pressure as they were quite busy.

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S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall enjoyed my time at the hotel, the food and hospitality was perfect just wished the staff wouldv'e noticed us a little bit more for when I was trying to ask for the bill but overall I and my guest enjoyed our afternoon tea.

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AC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive staff
Very good experience and I will definitely be recommending this to my friends

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best afternoon teas I have ever experienced! The food, tea and service were fantastic! It was also unique. We weren’t rushed and were able to enjoy everything to the fullest.

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BM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful setting for afternoon tea! My sister and I spent 3 hours there and nobody rushed us. So relaxing, wonderful service and all with a smile. Oh lovely food too! We will repeat this every year as our Christmas present to each other!

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RM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely no words to describe this utterly sumptuous experience. My friend and I will never forget this afternoon tea. We visited Ireland for the first time and decided to give ourselves a treat and go to a fancy afternoon tea. It was well worth the money, as it was a divine experience. Our server was simply marvelous, he was very mindful of our food restrictions, and I cannot remember if our tea cups were ever empty. He was properly attentive and exceedingly knowledgeable and clearly passionate about his work. The idea of designing a second course based on artwork in the hotel is almost profound! It was the best day of our trip, so glad we came here.

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M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience a sumptous afternoon tea! It was my first visit and i’d say “i so love it!” Cakes are so beautiful!

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, food and art! Staff could not have been more attentive. Highly recommended

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D
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the best experience I've ever had in Dublin. The service is just perfect, the atmosphere is amazing. I love it.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb all areas. Perfect afternoon tea to celebrate my birthday. Attentive staff, great selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and the finale of 3 ‘Art’ cakes per person created by leading Merrion hotel & TV Master Baker Paul Kelly - all inspired by works of art around the hotel.

Comfortable drawing room with open fire, charming staff starting with a warm welcome from the liveried doormen to throughout.

Extraordinarily talented young man played the harp as background accompaniment, from the nearby Trinity College. A super marriage between the student musicians and hotel.

All a total delight.

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Responded on 9 March 2019

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the lovely review posted recently. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I was delighted to read your kind words about your experience of Art Afternoon Tea. I have shared your encouraging comments with all the team here who joins me in thanking you. Paul in particular was "over the moon". I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Thank you again. Kind regards, Fabrice Furling, Drawing Rooms Manager

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MF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Was nice but wouldnt be rushing back felt it was overpriced for what you got

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Responded on 9 March 2019

Dear Margaret, while I note that you review of the Art Tea was positive on the whole, I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment regarding the value and the price of our Afternoon Tea. Thank you for your honest feedback. Please rest assured that your comments have been noted fully. We are continuously striving to improve on the service we offer. I appreciate your feedback. I hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thank you again, Regards, Fabrice Furling, Manager

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AR
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a slice of living like landed aristocracy, I would absolutely recommend it you have 100 quid, well worth it in my book. Their tea menu is not intimidatingly long, but covers all the bases, and the food is exquisite. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon

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DN
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time enjoying afternoon tea at the Merrion. The food was delicious and the staff were attentive and facilitating. It’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon in a warm and comfortable room.

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GM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I found the Art Afternoon Tea experience lovely, the sandwiches, cakes & scones were delicious as were the art cakes. The tea was disappointing though as it was only luke warm, that unfortunately did detract from my experience. My grandson, who I had with me, enjoyed himself very much, he doesn’t drink tea, he had a hot chocolate which he said was the nicest one he ever had!! So serve the tea “hot” & you will get full marks.

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Responded on 9 March 2019

Dear Geraldine, while I note that you review of the Art Tea was positive on the whole, I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment regarding the tea service. I would like to offer my sincere apologies. Please rest assured that your honest feedback has been taken on board fully. We are continuously striving to improve on the service we offer. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thank you again, Regards, Fabrice Furling, Manager

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KA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would certainly recommend afternoon tea at The Merrion, it was a wonderful treat for myself and my wife. Our food, area where we were seated, waitress Olivia all was superb. Olivia got down on the floor and described each course and was very observant and kept us refilled in tea and drinks. I would highly recommend heading for a treat to your hotel again.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Lovely, tasty and beautiful looking afternoon Art Tea. The Art cakes are exceptional.

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CH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The best afternoon tea in Dublin, without question!

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S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The experience was amazing and the staff were exceptional and so polite.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

On my birthday my husband and I went to the Merrion for an high tea. The food could have been a bit better. It was spread over 2 courses. Why not 3 or 4 courses? That would have been better in my opinion. The desserts at the end were unbelievable. So beautiful and so tastefull! But the rest.... Not so special. Especially the sandwiches could have been prettier and more tastefull. I think this high tea is a bit overprized.

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Responded on 9 March 2019

Dear Cecilia, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. While I note that you review of the Afternoon Tea was positive on the whole, I am very sorry to read that the food offering wasn't to your expectation (sandwiches in particular). I appreciate your honest comments. We at the Merrion appreciate all feedback, as it provides us with a chance to improve and learn how to enhance our guest’s experience. Thank you again. Kind regards, Fabrice Furling, Drawing Rooms Manager

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The hotel itself is lovely. But we thought the second course (the art sculptures of the paintings) were far too sickly sweet (and I have a sweet tooth). The idea of recreating paintings into an edible piece of art is a great but I think the chef should reconsider the ingredients he puts into them! Also, the staff were nice but I felt like we had about 4 different waiters serving us, and asking if we were ok very often. Which might not be the worst problem but sometimes it just feels like they’re constantly interrupting your conversations. My favourite sandwhich was the chicken and truffle, it was delicious.

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Responded on 13 February 2019

Dear AngelaG, Many thanks for your review. Naturally I was most disappointed to read that your experience did not meet with your expectations and I would like to offer my sincere apologies. Please rest assured that your feedback has been taken on board fully. We are continuously improving on the service and product we offer so your comments are greatly appreciated. I sincerely hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Yours Sincerely, Vanessa Lampe Food & Beverage Manager

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CM
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Art Tea so much, the room, the service, food.... all amazing

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Responded on 13 February 2019

Dear ClareM, Many thanks for the lovely review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us. I was delighted to read how much you enjoyed your visit to our Drawing Rooms for our Art Afternoon Tea. I hope it is not too long before we have the privilege of welcoming you back again soon. Thank you again for your wonderful feedback which I will be sure to share with our team.   Yours Sincerely, Fabrice Furling Drawing Rooms Manager

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CH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely way to spend the afternoon! Very cosy with delicious food.
Endless drinks too which made it excellent value.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us came for afternoon tea. We were seated at a comfortable couch in front of the fire. The service was excellent and the food was great. We couldn't finish everything but got our leftovers boxed up to bring home. The art inspired desserts are very special. There's also a huge variety of teas to choose from.

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful experience afternoon tea is at The Merrion. Extra special detail for Lauras 21st and Jonathans 18th with a candle on both their pastry platters. Worth the experience. 💖

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UF
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful afternoon at The Merrion and would recommend it highly.
In particular our server Jeremy was a delight. Very professional and friendly.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea with my mam

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VA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Overall the experience was pleasant. I felt that for the high tea experience, the lounge area was too casual and filled with too many people that were in the lounge for an after work cocktail or more like a singles bar.

There were multiple servers that were distracted bringing out cocktails and nuts and not focused on the tea experience.

I Would highly recommend that someone from your staff take notes from the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago where they do an exquisite high tea experience where the setting is appropriate, the servers are focused, the food is impeccable and the desserts are second to none

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R
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience. Staff explained tea experience and were very pleasant. Food was superior.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had afternoon tea and the service and food were superb.
We really enjoyed the whole experience

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AB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Went for the ambience mainly. Wanted to treat my mam. Love how 'safe' and relaxed we felt. Have to say I prefer my mams scones and lemon drizzle.. lovely staff as always. Thank you

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AC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the loveliest afternoon tea at the hotel. No one rushed us on and William at the front desk could not have been more gracious and helpful. He explained things about the art and made it a point to show us tho gs about the paintings that were not evident. Will definitely return again!

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VD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our afternoon but I was surprised that the scones weren't fresh. I know I should have said it at the time but I didn't want to bring attention to it until my colleague said it to me afterwards ! If you're not sweet toothed (which I'm not) you feel that the sandwiches aren't quite enough. Especially the filling in the cucumber one - could be a bit more generous. The tea was beautiful however.
And we were very well looked after so thank you. (Dublin)

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HC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous experience in an authentic setting with first class service, comfort and interesting blend of good taste and class.

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