The Shelbourne Dublin, 27 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
I’m on a mission to taste my way through the best Afternoon Tea‘s Dublin City has to offer and for most of my adventures I’ll be taking my gorgeous hubby with me. It’s terribly hard work as you can imagine, all this wining and dining, I really don’t know how I do it and Patrick I must say endures it well … and if that isn’t sarcasm, I give up on writing.
High on the list of places for many who partake in such a tradition and for those who have always thought about experiencing Afternoon Tea, is the Five Star Renaissance Hotel, The Shelbourne. Located just off Grafton Street, with views of the Victorian in style 22 acre park, St. Stephen’s Green, The Shelbourne is deservedly Five Star from the moment your foot touches the steps on entering this beautiful building to your adieu as you leave, but more on that a little later.
Afternoon Tea takes place in The Lord Mayor’s Lounge, which is to the right when you enter the hotel through the main entrance. The lounge boasts of traditional decor, a baby grand piano (which is in use at weekends), an open fire, antique tables and chairs, more modern in style paintings, a few couches, high ceiling and glorious big windows that open onto St. Stephen’s Green. We dined on a Monday and the lounge was quite busy with a mixture of patrons, from couples, parents with adult children, parents with infant children and friends. Our table was reserved that day, something I would advise to save disappointment.
We were greeted and seated and offered a glass of champagne on arrival. The house champagne is Moet, which I had no complaints about and it was served perfectly chilled. We were handed our menus and talked through it. The menu is set, as are most Afternoon Teas, however if by chance you don’t like or can’t eat anything on the menu, alternatives can be arranged. The sandwich selection of the Afternoon Tea menu at The Shelbourne, I was advised normally changes every three months, which by my calculations is every season. The only thing you need to worry about ordering is your choice of tea or coffee … or another glass of bubbly.
Tea choices were made, I chose the Organic Rooibos Chocolate Chai, which to my surprise was caffeine free and lived up to their menu description of beautifully aromatic. Patrick chose the Organic Lemon Zest, which can be served iced but which he had hot and was zesty and refreshing.
The sandwiches arrived on a rectangular plate and consisted of both open and closed styles. The fillings and toppings were;
House ‘Turf’ Smoked Salmon on Multi Seed Country Bread
Braised Waterford Ham, Shallot, bound with a Light Mayonnaise, Potato Bread
Cherry Vine Tomato with Tola Goats Cheese, Tomato and Fennel Seed Bread
Egg, Chicory on Granary Loaf