In a grand old Georgian house on Leeson Street Lower, you will find House Dublin. Greeting you at the door are statues of dogs each side of the door, welcoming you in and leading into the most beautifully restored and refurbished building. Having been before for drinks and nibbles I was excited to try something different at House, with their Afternoon Tea.
We booked in advance a few days ahead (required for their afternoon tea) and our table was situated in the front parlour. A sumptuous and luxurious space in which to enjoy afternoon tea. This leads through to the salon bar and conservatory, a Terrace area to the Garden (complete with olive and citrus trees).
Priced at €28 with tea / coffee or €38 with a glass of Champagne, the afternoon tea menu consists of a top tier of canapes – goats cheese, cajun chicken bouche, chicken liver pate and prawns; a middle tier of pastries and desserts – macarons, cheescake, lemon tart, red velvet lollipop (amazing!) and on the bottom, sandwiches – egg mayo, tomato & parma ham, smoked salmon on brown bread and tuna & cucumber. There’s no option to change or swap anything out as it’s made and prepared in advance so if you’ve any dietary requirements do make sure to let them know when booking.
Just look at these vintage style cups and plates, so pretty…
Accompanying the food there is an ‘Afternoon Tea Cocktail Menu’ – cocktails designed to be enjoyed with the afternoon tea… we tried a few – the ‘House Cup – A house belnd of 7 premium spirits and fine liquers, herbs picked from the garden, exotic spices and eastern teas topped up with a house made lemonade, sounds just as good as it tasted! The Camelia was another star – Beefeater Gin, rhubarb, lemon, whites, white peach, elderflower cordial, blackcurrant cordial. There was a strawberry and chilli mojito, prosecco, teas, coffees all enjoyed while we ate.
Back to the afternoon tea, there were some stand outs, the cajun chicen bouche and the goats cheese canapes as well as from the sandwiches tier, the egg and rocket – perfect! With the sweet treats, the red velvet cake lollipop – or cakepop – wow! And the little mini cheesecakes were cute… a little more variety at this level would have been nice, some of the treats were just variations on the same thing. But it all tasted good!
The setting is lovely, the staff were endlessly helpful, recommending cocktails and tweaking to suit our tastes. And at the price the afternoon tea offering is very good when compared to other options in Dublin city. House offers a relaxed kind of luxury… it’s all there yet feels comfortable and homely. At first we thought the tiers and food looked quite small but in actuality there was plenty once we started eating. It’s a shame there’s no tweaking possible, as some of our party weren’t crazy on some of the ingredients and would have preferred something else or a double of one of the others. Despite that, I enjoyed Afternoon Tea at House, a lovely afternoon with friends in a really nice place and I recommend it as a perfect way to while away a few hours one weekend afternoon.