Art Tea at the Merrion Hotel Dublin

I am another year older! *Cue tears and frantic thoughts of 'what am I doing with my life?'.

I spent the day before my birthday looking up botox as a possible gift to myself. Seriously, preventative botox is a thing! Though I have decided to hold off till I at least graduate and get a job.

My birthday this year fell in the middle of exams, so as much as I would like to have up and left the country, it was slightly infeasible.

So instead I spent a lovely afternoon with the best of people, indulging in endless cakes and scones at the Merrion Hotel's 'Art Tea'.

I realise my Instagram at the moment seems to be an ode to afternoon tea. I promise I haven't lost my wanderlust, but you honestly can't beat a cup of Rooibos and a scone with a dollop of clotted cream.

All this recent gluttony meant I could easily pick up what made tea at the Merrion extra special.

First and most importantly, they had Matcha Mocktails!!

If you haven't jumped on the Matcha bandwagon, I urge you to do so now. It is packed with antioxidants, it boosts your metabolism, and it just tastes so damn good.

Next was the sandwich and scones course. Carbs on carbs - just how I like it!

Again The Merrion Hotel went slightly out of the box with their sandwich selection with options such as "Duck Egg Mayonnaise on Brioche" or "Cornfed Chicken with Truffle Mayonnaise on Sunflower Bread".

They did of course have the usual smoked salmon or cucumber sandwiches along with the fancy duck in brioche.

For the sake of the blog I tried all the sweet treats on offer. I know, such a sacrifice.

Here is my rapid fire summary: I liked the Battenburg Cake the best, I could take or leave the Porter Cake, and I could barely taste the scone under the lavishing of clotted cream that I helped myself to, but I was happy.

The second course is the reason behind the name 'Art Tea'. Each week three pieces of art are selected to feature and the head chef creates pastries and cakes to represent the works.

In a rather foolish move, the above cakes and pictures are not aligned. The cake in the middle represents the picture of the mountains "Path Mo'orea", created in 1935 by Pauline Bewick. It depicts her time in the South Pacific.

The pink and yellow swirl cake represents the picture in the middle picture; "Futile Defense" by John Boyd. The colour is from the strip at the side, and with a bit of imagination the raspberry is the man's hat.

The cheesecake topped with gold flakes represents the final photo named "Madonna and Child" by Mainie Jellet. The squares at the front are done in a similar fashion to the colour scheme of the painting. 

I loved the Art Tea concept, it really made it stand out in comparison to other afternoon teas. Of course best of all was the company.... ok far too cheesy, but it was a great afternoon and will hopefully be repeated soon!

One last thing, I have finally finished exams!!! It was the craziest of months, and honestly at times (all the time) I thought about just abandoning ship and fleeing to Bali, but thankfully it is over and I have a couple of exciting trips lined up for the summer!



  1. That's so cool, love your style!

    Alice Cerea

  2. Your Art Tea is much better than Botox! I've been invited to the Merrion for afternoon tea myself but can't make the date they suggested. Re Botox, a famous facialist told me recently that she wouldn't have it until in your early 50s

    1. Haha, it was better than botox! Hmm perhaps I should hold off a little longer then..

  3. Happy birthday! I hope you enjoyed your birthday celebrations :) xx

  4. You don't need botox!! This tea looks like such a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday and well done on getting through the exams! You know I love matcha - am so jealous of the matcha mocktails they had on offer!!

    1. Haha I don't think I would actually get it just yet. The matcha mocktails were amazing, you would love them!

  5. Looks like you had such a lovely time on your birthday! Happy birthday gorgeous!


    Tamara -

  6. What a fun place to have tea! That green drink looks so interesting

  7. Happy Birthday dear! Looks like you had great fun!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  8. Wow!! Loving the pictures!! Everything looks so yummy!

  9. Happy belated birthday, you look like you had a wonderful afternoon tea. I love your dress. You definitely do not need Botox, not being able to smile, frown or look surprised is not a good look. There is something to be said about growing old disgracefully but that doesn't involve tampering with nature ;-) Lucy x