As myself and the better half decided against Christmas presents this year as we were going to Dublin for four days over the New Year, I thought I would treat him to a prosecco afternoon tea to start 2015 off with a bang. After a little online searching of best places for Afternoon Tea in Dublin, I stumbled upon the Atrium Lounge after reading rave reviews, I went ahead and emailed and pretty much instantly my reservation was confirmed, perfect!
The pictures looked stunning, it wasn't till after that I realised it was actually a lounge in The Westin hotel, a wonderful looking 5 star hotel in the centre of Dublin. The menu looked incredible and even though Christmas had passed, one of the menus was still festive themed which I was pretty excited about.
Josh went for 'The most peculiar afternoon tea' option which is still available if you book for afternoon tea now alongside the traditional afternoon tea. Afternoon tea takes place from Sunday to Friday 2pm-6pm and from 1pm-6pm on Saturdays in the Atrium Lounge which is just situated upstairs in the hotel. We arrived for half past 1, our table was ready and friendly staff showed us to our table. The place filled up pretty quickly so I would definitely recommend booking well in advance. I think I booked for New Years day around 3 months before.
As I said, you can choose between two types of afternoon tea, the most peculiar afternoon tea is 30 euros and the traditional afternoon tea 28 euros with a glass of prosecco for a added 7 euros (which of course is the option i chose).
I was offered a choice of tea or coffee which were brought quickly, along with a cold glass of the sparkling goodness, and Josh had a Victorian Mojito with gin, served in a teapot, snazzy.
Soon after, two three tier stands arrived at our table jam packed with wonderful goodness. Away from the usual afternoon tea tradition of finger sandwiches and scones, the most peculiar afternoon tea stand housed pork cheek, prawn cocktail and beef to name a few, along with sweet treats.
The food tasted incredible, and we pretty much polished off the lot. We chatted and ate away a good couple of hours, in such beautiful surroundings and had a wonderful afternoon. I honestly couldn't recommend the hotel, or the afternoon tea choices more. I am a lover of Afternoon Teas and this is the best one I've had, by a long stretch of mile.
The bill came to 77 euros and that was with an extra drink each. Not bad for a stunning city centre 5 star hotel and wonderful food and drink. The company wasn't too bad either.
If you're ever in Dublin, the Westin hotel is where you need to spend an afternoon.