I'm a big fan of afternoon tea at posh hotels. The Merrion is so posh that there's no sign outside apart from a couple of very discreet, very shiny brass plaques and I nearly missed it. All the staff, from the porters who greet you inside the front door through to reception staff and waiters, are friendly without being obsequious. My brolly was stored away and I was shown through to the drawing room where my reserved table awaited.
The hotel currently serves 'The Art Tea' with elements of the food inspired by the hotels impressive art collection. You have a choice of dozens of teas and coffee and the option of a glass of champage. The basic tea is 38 euros, the cheapest champagne option 55 euros. I had jasmine tea and a glass of fizz alongside a 3-tier cake stand of sandwiches, cakes and fresh scones with jam, clotted cream and divine home made lemon curd. Another sign of the hotel's poshness is that I was never allowed to top up my teacup myself.
The food was pretty and delicious but there were too many sweet offerings and not enough savoury for me: only four tiny sandwiches (smoked salmon on soda bread, chicken pesto in white, egg mayo in a bridge roll and cream cheese and cucumber in white) against three scones, fruit cake, two types of battenburg, lemon cake and three 'pastries' drawn from the artworks. However, the leftovers were offered as a takeaway and returned in a very pretty Merrion bag. The friends I visited later were very pleased!
A pleasant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Merrion, created from four Georgian townhouses, is located in the city centre opposite government buildings. Many of the 142 bedrooms and suites overlook period landscaped gardens. Guests can dine in the 2-star Michelin restaurant Patrick Guilbaud or The Cellar Restaurant and Bar. The intimate No 23 cocktail bar waits as does the Tethra Spa which boasts an 18m pool, steam room, fully equipped gymnasium and two private treatment rooms. The Merrion offers six private dining and meeting rooms. ... more less
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