THE WESTIN DUBLIN
35-39 Westmoreland Street • Dublin
353-1-645-1000 • thewestindublin.com
Like The Merrion, The Westin Dublin serves a traditional afternoon tea with all the anticipated treats—sandwiches of dill cream cheese and cucumber, roast Irish beef with horseradish and tomato, Irish oak-smoked salmon, buttermilk fruit scones with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam—all delicious! But to make things a little more exciting for anyone who wants a change, the hotel’s team of mixologists in partnership with Hendrick’s Gin has created an innovative, pioneering cocktail tea called A Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea. When the teapot arrives at the table, there’s nothing as predictable as brewed tea inside. Instead, it contains a tipsy blend of gin, lime, mint, and freshly pressed churned apple juice—the Hendrick’s Victoria Mojito!
The Westin stands very close to Dublin’s Trinity College, which features in James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. To complement the tongue-tingling inebriant beverage, the cake stand brings teatime tidbits inspired by Joyce’s writings—confit of pork cheek with stilton and honey aïoli; a tall cone filled with prawn cocktail; rolled spiced roast beef with spinach, red onion, and horseradish; and little blinis with smoked salmon. On the middle tier of the stand are slices of freshly baked banana and walnut bread with cinnamon and honey butter. And on the lowest layer are popping vanilla marshmallows, popcorn panna cotta, almond and red currant frangipani tart, and a chocolate and caramel seasalted brownie! Served in the Atrium Lounge, a sort of outside-in covered courtyard space at the heart of the hotel, and quirkily offering a cocktail in a teacup, this is indeed a peculiar but deliciously stylish and seductive afternoon tea.