A gastronomic tribute to Ireland‘s literary heritage and scenic beauty, Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel welcomes guests to join its new afternoon tea experience, Poetry and Places. This unique exploration of tea guides guests through the country’s rich history in poetry, where every delicate plate is a stanza, and every spot of tea (including over 16 varieties) tells a story. These premium sips are accompanied by light sandwiches and freshly baked confections curated by the luxury hotel’s renowned executive pastry chef, Sebastian Ritzen.

Inspired by Ireland’s breathtaking vistas and some of the country’s most renowned poets from years past, Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel now offers Poetry and Places, an enlightening yet indulgent experience for guests. 

Thoughtfully created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Sebastian Ritzen and his renowned team, this poetic escapade transforms the traditional afternoon tea into a poetic venture where every bite is a stanza, and each flavor tells a story. Executive pastry chef Ritzen was inspired by Ireland’s lush landscapes and the evocative words of its celebrated poets when designing the tea experience, from its rugged cliffs of the west to the verdant hedgerows of the east. These local scenes are brought to life with ten specially crafted cakes and pastries, accompanied by lines of poetry that immerse guests in Irish lore.

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These delectable confections include Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking,” reimagined as a tart infused with Wicklow blackberry wine and topped with clove meringue; Martina Dalton’s “Lilac” is transformed into a violet macaroon filled with Berriolette curd and decorated with dried flowers; a chocolate madeleine reflecting “The Ballad of Molly Malone;” a caramelized honey and milk tart in tribute to “The Lost Heifer”; and a choux swan filled with Coole Swan Cream Liqueur ganache, honoring “The Wild Swans at Coole.”

Complementing these poetic pastries are delicate sandwiches, artisan preserves, freshly baked scones, and signature sweets like the Battenberg cake, a nod to the hotel’s architectural design, and The Guinness Storehouse, a chocolate and Guinness-infused creation celebrating Dublin’s most famous brewery.

“When in Dublin, Anantara’s well-traveled guests want to honor the diverse, indigenous flavors that Ireland’s land so generously offers,” said the hotel’s Executive Chef, Gareth Mullins, in a press release. “To ensure they get the best experience, we’ve collaborated with artisanal producers across the nation, handpicking small-batch delicacies and curating a selection of the finest ingredients that reflect the unique terroir of this beautiful country. Take, for instance, our bavarois of sheep’s milk yogurt from mayo harmonized with heather honey, oat crumble and a note of smoked Achill Island sea salt. Or our Opera Cake, composed of layers of chocolate, rye and dillisk. My personal favorites are the wild Atlantic Sea salt from the west and berries from the wild hedgerows, providing a true sense and taste of Ireland.”

Steeped in traditional Wedgewood china, there are 16 premium Ronnefeldt tea blends to experience, including three exclusive blends with unique flavors like cherry cheesecake, Irish chocolate cream, and Irish whiskey cream. An assortment of seasonal tea flavors will also be added throughout the year, offering a new sip to experience at each visit to the hotel.

Poetry and Places at Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel is $69 per person ($106 with Bollinger Rosé Champagne) and is served daily from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit anantara.com.