The landmark lounge overlooking St Stephen’s Green reopens on Saturday after a four-month refurbishment project led by London-based interior designer Guy Oliver. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“If we could open at nine o’clock in the morning, I reckon we could do five sittings a day.” Afternoon tea at 9am, surely not? Garry Hughes, executive(...)

 Orlaith Traynor (centre),  winner of a competition to design a cake or pastry inspired by the  Shelbourne hotel, pictured with her winning entry  in the  hotel kitchen with Garry Hughes, executive  chef, and Caoimhe Hanafin, executive pastry chef. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Lord Mayor’s Lounge at The Shelbourne hotel in Dublin re-opens on Saturday, after a four-month renovation by London interior designer Guy Oliver, (...)