So next Sunday, March 6th is the celebration of Mammies. In other words, it’s payback time! It’s always a toughie trying to think of something different to, and better than, last year’s pressie triumph, and let’s be honest here, you’re playing for the highly coveted Best Present from an Offspring Award! Stakes are high, and you’re in it to win it! So here are some recommendations of where in Dublin to take the Best Mammy in the World this year:
SHELBOURNE HOTEL, ST. STEPHEN’S GREEN, DUBLIN 2
For Mammies over a certain age, there’s no hotel in Ireland that holds such a perception of unattainable luxury and old-style glamour as the Shelbourne Hotel. Situated on Stephen’s Green, the iconic hotel has hosted guests such as Michelle Obama, Charlie Chaplin, Princess Grace, and the Kennedys. The Boston ones, not the ones from West Cabra! So to take her for afternoon tea to the spot which has housed so many stars and luminaries would be the ultimate treat, and not just on Mother’s Day. Served in its Lord Mayor’s Lounge, to the accompaniment of a live classical pianist, the hotel offers a Chocolate version, in addition to the Classic Afternoon Tea . Chocolate Afternoon tea costs €45.00 per person or Classic Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne, €57.00. If you can’t get a table, you could always go to their No. 27 Bar & Lounge for Jazz brunch, and soak up all the atmosphere the Shelbourne has to offer.
Tel: 01 6634500
THE SEAFOOD BAR, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN 2
Only open since November, this spot is truly decadent with its extravagantly decorated restaurant filled with luxurious chandeliers, mirrors, and theatrical velvet curtains. Owned by Wrights of Howth, the delicious menu demonstrates their pedigree in seafood, with dishes ranging from fish & chips (you know who’ll be ordering that) to a full lobster, if you’re pushing the boat out. For those in the family who don’t like seafood, there’s also meat and chicken dishes available. And for mother’s day, they are giving mammies a goody bag filled with luxury gifts!
Tel: 01 5312260
FALLON & BYRNE, THE PEOPLE’S PARK, DUN LAOGHAIRE
Housed in the former Tea Rooms in the People’s Park, this beautifully restored Victorian building is the perfect backdrop for a delicious lunch, or early dinner (it closes at 8pm on Sundays). What makes this place particularly special is its location in the heart of Dun Laoghaire. Make a day out of it. Walk along the pier, stop at Teddy’s and have a nostalgic 99, or stroll along the coast to Sandycove. The best gift you can give is your time, and experiences will always be remembered and cherished, much more than any tangible object. Time together. That’s what it’s all about. Happy Mother’s Day!
Tel: 01 230 3300
Photos above courtesy of Shelbourne Hotel, The Seafood Bar & Fallon & Byrne