The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel

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Afternoon Tea
The Lord Mayor’s Lounge is an expression of elegance and style, where every detail has been crafted to reflect the hotel’s long history. Comfort and glamour combined, makes it a favourite spot for our renowned Shelbourne Afternoon Tea, which has become an iconic tradition in Dublin. It is never too soon to introduce the younger members of the family to this much loved tradition, with our Children’s Afternoon Tea designed specifically for the younger generation. It is not uncommon to see famous Irish and international faces mingling with local Dubliners enjoying this award-winning indulgence.

For more information or for advance bookings please call + 353 1 6634500
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Fay tea was a great experience. The servers were very knowledgeable and seemed cheerful. Would recommend.

KW
Dublin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a perfect High Tea experience during our stay in this hotel 👌 Everything was beyond great!

ER
Dublin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere was very relaxing and welcoming. The staff were brilliant and the food was excellent. Great to do for a small celebration or special occasion. I would highly recommend the champagne afternoon tea!

VF
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was such a beautiful experience, I will never forget the stay for Afternoon Tea at The Shelbourne's Lord Mayor's Lounge!

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a fabulous treat!! Would definitely be back 🥰

MF
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely evening. Food was very nice.
We had a Birthday Celebration and they lit a candle for the birthday girl that was a lovely touch.
The hotel was extremely busy and the noise filtered in. I think the afternoon tea would benefit in being in a secluded room with less noise.
Overall it was a wonderful experience and the staff coudlnt have been nicer.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing from start to finish, cannot speak highly enough of the experience

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice birthday experience. Servers were really nice.

D
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Firstly I leave at €55 each it was too expensive. It would have been an extra €15 each for fizz Egg sandwich was tasteless no seasoning or onion. Deconstructed cheesecake had a very soft biscuit base.
I felt our plates were being cleared a little too quickly. Piano playing was a little too loud too.

AL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The champagne afternoon tea experience is second to none. The quality of food, tea, coffee and service was outstanding.

I went with my elderly mum and she felt so special from the way they look after her. We sat in comfy arm chairs and had a large roomy table to ourselves. The tea was literally on tap and they were more than willing to change sandwiches my mum didn't like.

We weren't hurried along at all which made for a wonderful relaxed experience. I would highly recommend.

IP
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall it was very pleasant visit with a single complaint of feeling a bit cold since we were sitting close to the hotel entrance.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our visit to the Lord Mayors lounge was a wonderful experience. We had been there many times before and always enjoyed a very special experience. Wonderful service delicious food and a very special venue,we shall return.

EC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive service in a warm and friendly environment.

JK
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service by highly professional and experienced staff. The quality of the food was amazing. we had a wonderful day.

VG
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food gorgeous ambience and served with impeccable manners by Jamie. Right on par with the best of the best
And so much food we had to ask for a box to take left overs

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great decor, food was faultless and wait staff were efficient and very friendly. My mother loved it which was the point, so it was a winner!

CD
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience would highly recommend staff very helpful and attentive the bonus of the piano player was wonderful will definitely return.

CA
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Afternoon Tea is a bit expensive, but it's worth every cent. The Mayor Lounge is classy and the piano music absolutely lovely, the staff's service is outstanding, and the food delicious (you won't leave hungry, that's for sure). Every time I bring there friends or relatives who visit me here in Dublin, the Afternoon Tea at the Shelbourne is the perfect place to finish a holiday. Highly recommended, you won't regret it and sipping great tea or a cup of coffee watching the park outside the windows will let you feel as if you're an elegant lady or gentleman straight from 1800.

DH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely afternoon tea experience with my mum . Or server vanina was very friendly and accommodating and took lovely photos for us. Will definitely return!

AD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

In general - beautiful place. Food was so so. Too flate tast, desserts did not look impressive for the price we paid. Service just horrible. Our teapots were placed on the windowsill, near neighbour table. Most of the time I was seating with empty cup and were waiting for a waiter to add new tea. (What was the issue to place teapots on our table? It was enough room for this. People at the neighbour table had 2 coffee pots at their table.) Extra sandviches were offered only once. Scones were also avarage, perhaps they were baked yesterday.

I had an afternoon tea experice in several places in London. One of them - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. In Mandarine, they undestand how to treat customers (I did not have an issue to seat with an empty cup for 20 minutes, waitors always kindly offer us new sandviches, deserts, scones).

€ 62 per person for avarage food, poor service - a way too much. The manager of Lord Mayor's Lounge should better visit afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental in London to see how looks like a good service.

(Afternoon tea was 31 of December at 16:30)

S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely luxurious and well worth the money spent the atmosphere and ambiance was delightful

PK
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas afternoon tea at the Shelbourne is both elegant and relaxing....also surprisingly filling! The festive teas are comforting and the Irish whiskey tea is a fav to finish, throughly enjoy our traditional family visit

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

High tea at a very special place. It was more than enough but perfectly served. Nice waiter, it was really wonderful to experience this !

AS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I went to the festive afternoon tea with my family and it was lovely.
great food and atmosphere and there was a live pianist
service was fantastic and there were many teas on offer to try

RC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I brought my grandmother and godmother for afternooon tea as a special treat, and it did not disappoint. We all had an amazing time. The staff were so lovely and the food was amazing. Thank you to everyone at the Shelbourne for creating a special memory for me and my grandmother and godmother.

MM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent customer service from entering, very helpful with my husband who is 85 years old and has dementia, staff made our afternoon a very special experience. Selection of food was excellent and what we could not finish was boxed for us to take home. Setting was amazing so relaxing with an an excellent pianist entertaining us. Beautiful experience to start festive season. Would highly recommend

EM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! What a treat. Gorgeous food, lovely selection of teas, and great service.

CO
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a coeliac, afternoon tea at the Shelbourne is such a treat! The whole thing can be made gluten free and its almost the exact same as the normal version.

PK
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Afternoon tea is elegant and despite the food looking petite it is surprisingly filling! Don’t ask for seconds on the savoury! You won’t be able to eat any of the petite deserts!

AB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Shelbourne a national treasure, wonderful evening excellent quality afternoon tea

M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect Christmas experience! A lovely retreat from the craziness of Christmas shopping

CB
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely way to spend an afternoon. Lovely food, staff and atmosphere.

OT
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, brilliant staff

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KS
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A magical experience, we would highly recommend it. Going to make it an annual Christmas event.

PK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All ways great place to go too afternoon Tea was superb ,I can highly recommend Aftenoon Tea ,go and treat yourself

MN
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I had been looking forward to this experience for some time but unfortunately it did not meet my expectations and I was left disappointed.
There was an additional cost as it was the Festive season, but the food did not have any Festive flavors, with the exception of a Turkey and stuffing paste roll which I did not like.
The smoked salmon was tasteless and stringy.
We had previously advised the hotel that we would not eat Egg sandwiches and were not offered any alternatives , but rather more of the same of what was on offer.
Everything was served together including the scones which were cold by the time we got around to eating them. In my experience scones would normally come from the oven to the table.
A very good selection of teas were on offer.
Too many heavy chocolate deserts.
I have had many afternoon tea experiences and I am sad to say that the Shelbourne would not be on my favorite list.
Marian Nolan

HZ
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Afternoon tea was a present and Worth every penny. Definitely recommend to anyone as a special treat

KF
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely afternoon with lovely food and marvellous staff

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Great venue. Super buzz and ambience. Issues with the online booking system meant our table wasn’t on the list despite the hotel calling to confirm with me the previous day and c10 automatically generates email confirmations! Very odd and not a good start. Thankfully they found a table and my friends hadn’t arrived for this part so it didn’t spoil the experience.
Service was patchy. Our server told us she was so hungry that she went for her break (halfway through our sitting) and the other servers seemed begrudging to cover our table, it was a challenge calling them over. Food was good, though if you don’t like chocolate desserts (I don’t) you’re in trouble - mostly dark chocolate cakes. Visually, they look great though. Sandwiches and scones were excellent and there is a great selection of teas and you can have as many as you like. Champagne lovely.
So, overall a mixed bag. I wouldn’t rush back as have had a lot better elsewhere, but would recommend it for the setting and experience.

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience at the Shelbourne. The service and food was of the highest quality. The building and interior decor is beautiful and staff are so knowledgable and friendly. The afternoon teas was delicious and my coeliac was catered for with gluten free afternoon tea that was as good as any afternoon tea I have had. It has a lovely atmosphere and was beautifully decorated for Christmas. A very special day and treat.