Afternoon Tea at The Shelbourne Hotel

Where better to enjoy a festive afternoon tea but at the iconic Shelbourne Hotel  in our capital city.  I met with four fellow foodie friends early in December to catch up and relax in the lovely surroundings of the Shelbourne’s  Lord Mayors Lounge .  To the sounds of a classical pianist playing away in the background, we enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea and scintillating conversation.

CollageWe opted for the Festive Afternoon Tea at €37.95 per person. Settling in to our comfy seats, we were treated to a glass of champagne – a lovely and much appreciated gesture by the hotel staff.

Savouries were

Castletownbere “Turf” Smoked Salmon, Brown Wheat Soda Bread
Braised Waterford Ham, Shallot, Light Mayonnaise on Sourdough Baguette
Roast Turkey with Cranberry Mayonnaise, Pumpkin and Turmeric Bread
Egg, Chicory, Low GI Brown Bread


The warm buttermilk scones were deliciously light and fluffy and the festive sweet treats that followed were

Shelbourne Sherry Trifle
Frangipane Mince Pie
Lemon Raspberry Macaroon
Chocolate and Praline Log
Swords Blackberry Mousse, Spiced Apple Compôte


The sherry trifle and the frangipane mince pie can only be described as joyous.

With a choice of over twenty one teas to choose from, I chose an Earl Grey –  it was delicious and topped up regularly; in fact the service throughout can only be described as exceptional.

Highlight: Turf smoked salmon on brown soda, closely followed by the roast turkey with cranberry mayonnaise. Smoked Salmon

Lowlight:  Sittings are only ninety minutes long and we felt a little rushed.

Cost: Festive Afternoon Tea is €37.95.  Champagne Afternoon Tea is €47.95

Booking: Advance booking is required and afternoon tea is available daily from 12 to 6pm.

Phone: 01 6634500 to book.




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6 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea at The Shelbourne Hotel

  1. Very nice Fiona. It is particularly interesting because a friend of both mine and my eldest daughter has given us a voucher for Afternoon Tea in the Shelbourne. The only condition being that we recreate it and post about it.
    Thanks for the heads-up.
    Happy New Year,

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