Dublin Eats - Tea at the Shelbourne Hotel

We recently decided to take afternoon tea at the opulent and historic Shelbourne Hotel.  Before heading into the tea room, we had a look around the place and were awed by the ornate stucco ceilings and gilded columns.
Gorgeous staircases with ornate railings spun round and round for as far as our eyes could see.
Sumptuous stained glass panels spanned the lobby.  A small library sat off to one side of this room (not pictured) and featured guest books from the last hundred plus years including the one from the fateful day of the Easter Rising in 1916.
We went in to tea and were seated on comfy velvet chairs.
A bone china cup and strainer sat at the ready.  An amazing array of tea flavors were on offer.  They ranged from traditional black teas to exotic green and herbal varieties.  I sampled a more traditional Earl Grey with the finger sandwiches and a chocolate laced variety with our tray of cakes.  We were well catered for for the afternoon.
We ate our fill of crustless finger sandwiches...
..and then tuckered into gorgeous sweets and scones served with clotted cream and jam.
My favorite was the eclair served in the shape of a swan.
While we were enjoying the experience, a piano player tickled the ivories gently in the background.
It was a relaxing and fun respite from the real world.  Highly recommended.

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