Afternoon Tea at The Merrion Hotel
Overall, enjoyable afternoon. Expected scones and cakes to be more memorable, would have to admit only average. Clotted cream and lemon curd were lovely.
The atmosphere was lovely. Seated beside a beautiful open fire.
Asked could we have plain sandwiches but unfortunately the order was not correct.
The Christmas collection of desserts were not as impressive as previous visits.
The service was very poor. At one stage we waited over 10 minutes for staff to return with clean plates and tea.
Gluten Free sandwiches did give the impression they were made some time previous, bread exterior dry and aged. Staff very friendly and attentive. Felt location was very dated and lacked spirit, not joyful and showing little Christmas spirit.
Absolutely loved it! Service and food were exceptional! Beautiful hotel great for Christmas afternoon tea! Connor, our waiter couldn’t have been more helpful! He was lovely! Highly recommend to anyone!
Ok this is the BEST HOTEL by far in Dublin for EVERYTHING with the exception of the FOOD for AFTERNOON/FESTIVE tea. I have had afternoon tea before and it was more or less the the same experience. I also wrote to the hotel directly of my disappointment. The food is stodgy and cheap. It does NOT represent the Merrion whatsoever and that is why I cannot understand why this type of food is still being served for this occasion. Most people had left half of their food on the plate. Far too much sweet is given and not enough savoury. But it’s also the quality of food that I have an issue with. It goes back to the old saying quality over quantity. A change of menu is badly required. My three colleagues who I had invited were in agreement. I actually won’t mention the price as I actually believe if the food was changed you are then paying for the overall experience which as I stated at the outset is the best in Dublin. An honest reply given above.
I was so looking forward to my Festive tea - had a voucher so checked this at reception before going in - was assured it would cover the tea in its entirety. Got a nice table and was joined by a friend. Started off well but then a group of business men sat at the table beside us - they were not at afternoon tea. They proceeded to open laptops and conduct a meeting - very intrusive - phones and laptops. We eventually asked our male server to ask one of them to close his laptop - it was right in our faces. He just banged it closed, changed seat (at same table) and meeting continued on. It spoiled our tea - there were signs on the tables not to use mobile phones - I couldn't believe the hotel did not move them to another location. We had some wine with our tea so when the bill came I was ready to pay for the wine but a "drama" ensued then with the waiter that the voucher only covered regular tea and not festive - I was mortified in front of my friend - I had already checked this at reception to avoid any such issue. Eventually he didn't charge us (extra 8 euro) but again the damage was done - I would have expected better from the Merrion Hotel. Finally I have had afternoon tea in the Shelbourne Hotel and it was a much better experience - there was a designated area so no business meetings - there was also a much better service. There did not seem to be adequate staff in the Merrion that evening - several times there was no waiter in the room and we had to wait for fresh tea - the food was just delivered once so very little work there. The Shelbourne offered extra sandwiches if required - no mention here.
The only bit that worked seemlessly was the booking process with Open Table.
Really enjoyed the afternoon tea at the merrion. Very generous with the amount of food we were given, so much so that we had loads to take home. The service was great, the staff were very attentive. The food was lovely and a great variety of things to choose from, well worth the money in my opinion. Lovely ambiance and overall felt very Christmassy. The only negative I would have is that when I originally booked it (back in October I think) I thought I would be booking the art tea. However I wasn’t aware that once December 1st hit, they change the menu to a festive one for Christmas. This was a little disappointing that this wasn’t advised when I first booked it and I wasn’t notified of this. However, that is the only bad thing I would have to say. Other than that, it was great. I’ll be back between January and next November to book the art tea :)
Lovely atmosphere and very attentive service. Great for a nice long chat in the afternoon.
Was very enjoyable. Nice food beautifully presented. Amazing range of teas. Service excellent. Armchairs too low and hard ... need softcushions!
Food was excellent though It’s a lot of sweet foods. The service was so good. The waiter made suggestions here and there about teas to order and how to drink them and she was spot on with her advice. I had an iced tea that tasted like a cocktail!
It was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Did not have all tea's available that were on the menu. Not having all items on a menu for the amount of money being spent was disappointing.
Service was very good
Beautiful setting, lovely food & attentive service.
Amazing afternoon tea. Well worth the money and good service.
Our server Aoife was really friendly and bubbly and was very genuine. It made for a relaxing and entertaining time with my family.
It was a miserable wet day outside but we were beautifully cocooned in beautiful surroundings. A five star experience
My friend and I really enjoyed our experience. It was our first time doing this. The only small negative was the fact that our table was at the back of a sofa the had a party of 4. We felt our conversation was being listened to on a number of occasions. Not that we had anything to hide ... but just made us slightly uncomfortable.
Attention to detail is so evident. Afternoon tea was fabulolicious and felt we were treated to a very special afternoon. Excellent selection of cakes and reasonable. Highly recommend for a special occasion of just a catch up with friends
We were very disappointed with afternoon tea at the Merrion have had much better at other hotels
Amazing afternoon tea! Great place and great service.
Simply superb! Service was wonderful and the afternoon tea delicious, particularly the Duck Egg on Brioche, the ham with Dalkey mustard and the exquisite Art Tea.
Lovely afternoon tea with only one flaw. When you are spending this much money you expect excellent service however this wasn’t the case. One member of our party forgot to advise the staff that they would like their sandwiches without any butter or sauces. When the sandwiches arrived we mentioned this to the server. The server was extremely unhelpful and told us the four finger sized sandwiches could not be remade. This meant she was not able to eat the sandwiches, an integral part of any afternoon tea. The way the server behaved made us all feel a little uncomfortable for the rest of the afternoon. Also a minor point but the tea is served and kept away from you making it difficult to pour your own. However there were multiple times when our cups sat empty and we had to fill them up ourselves.
Overall would recommend as it’s a lovely setting. Writing this review in the hope staff will be retrained and no one else’s experience is soured by the service.
Cozy relaxed ambiance with open fires. Stunning decor and garden. Staff wonderful and attentive. Selection of teas outstanding. Food, especially deserts very tasty. Self-guided tour of the Art Collection at The Merrion informative and enjoyable. Staff in the bar welcoming. Champagne and wine gorgeous.
Well done The Merrion Hotel!
Loretta and Charlotte C
Perfect ambience with impeccable service and delicious items!!
Afternoon tea was a lovely and relaxing experience - the themed sandwiches and cakes added a bit more interest and the service was excellent.
Staff were excellent. However the food could be improved. I felt that the bread was too thick for an afternoon tea sandwich. The scones were very good . The pastries that reflected the Art were interesting. I think if Paul Kelly was judging this afternoon tea he would not have accepted two cakes being the same .
The geometric style cakes were both Battenberg and that almond essence rather than extract was used as the flavouring - a bit disappointing.
Overall the party enjoyed the experience but there is room for improvement.
Exceptional service.....sandwiches were very tasty....scones just melted in our mouths (with clotted cream, lemon curd and raspberry jam)......Cake plate was surplus to requirements. I believe all of our party would have preferred a savoury plate instead...given that there was an exceptional desert plate to follow. A wide selection of teas was available and we enjoyed sampling several of them and a fine coffee to finish off.
All in all....10/10
We loved the relaxed ambiance and fireplace at the Merrion Tea. The pastries were inspired by Art in the hotel which was very interesting.
Beautiful and delicious afternoon tea! Thank you to the whole staff at the Merrion for a delightful afternoon.
Classic afternoon tea experience with a relaxed old world charm and faultless high level service one would expect of a well run five star hotel.
An absolute treat, everything was beautiful and nothing too much trouble. Our hostess was lovely and we had a thoroughly wonderful afternoon.
We stayed at the Merrion Hotel for two nights in September 2018 and had booked afternoon tea. We were very much looking forward to it however this was sadly, one of the worst tea experiences we’ve ever had. The Drawing Room where the tea is served is noisy, uncomfortable, dated and freezing cold (and we were seated nearest to the fireplace!). The food itself was not good either. The sandwiches and scones were okay but the desserts which are art inspired had zero flavor and we could not eat them. The tea was also weak with very little flavor which I simply do not understand. Although the staff was lovely, they seemed rushed / overwhelmed and that created a chaotic environment which made this dining experience anything but relaxing or enjoyable.
Very Special High Tea, inspired by the beautiful Art collection of the hotel. Wonderful service , altllie too much activity around with staff moving about.
We enjoyed several teas and cakes , as it was a special bday the chef made a beautiful plate with Birthday sentiments. Enjoyed for two hours and would come back again. Thank You
Lovely experience of afternoon tea. I wasn't blown away by the food. It was pleasant but not exactly amazing. Ham sandwich and chicken sandwich.. thought maybe a little more innovation..
The perfect place to celebrate a new pregnancy. Such balance, attentive without being intrusive, exclusive without being stuffy and busy without being noisy.
My mom and I went here for afternoon tea while vacationing in Dublin. We got the art tea with champagne. Everything was delicious, service was impeccable and the tearoom is really beautiful. I would definitely go back!
The Afternoon Art Tea is a treat for the senses and a foodie delight. Every tea we tried was excellent and complemented the sandwiches and desserts. The pastry chef is a marvel, creating visually stunning desserts corresponding to chosen works of art. This was my second time enjoying afternoon tea at the Merrion, and I hope to go back again soon. The service was impeccable and we were fortunate to be able to sit by the fireplace, which only added to the ambiance of this marvelous hotel.
2 courses were served for afternoon tea. The first one was very basic, the sandwiches weren’t fancy, I would make better at home! The second course which was the Art dessert selection was very nice and well presented. The service wasn’t great, the waitress really didn’t want to to be there. Definitely not worth 50eueo for the afternoon tea, far nicer in other hotels. In he plus side we weren’t rushed out and there was no limit/time slot so the atmosphere was lovely.
Amazing experience. Well worth it.
Lovely tea with excellent food. Service was quite attentive initially but (perhaps because we came in the later afternoon at 16:30??) really dropped off after awhile. No one came to refill teas; I was poured the wrong tea twice; not a server in sight when we were ready for our second course (the “art” desserts) or when we were ready for our check. At a lovely place like this (and at a commensurate cost!) , we’d expect superb service start to finish- not start to midway through!