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Bear-ry Merry Christmas at The Merchant Hotel

Victorian teddy bears are the theme of Christmas decorations at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast this year, adorning the iconic 25-foot Christmas tree in its Great Room restaurant as well as throughout the five-star hotel.

Inspired by the original Steiff-style teddies, 54 vintage and antique bears have been used around the venue with other decorations including luxury Victorian baubles, delicate gold sprigs, rose-hips, berries and woodland ferns in a traditional colour-scheme of red and gold interspersed with teddy-bear brown.

The Merchant Hotel is also launching its very own range of cuddly teddy bears, complete with a custom-made Merchant dressing gown. A £5 donation from the sale of each Merchant teddy bear will go towards its charity of the year, PIPS.

“Every year, we challenge ourselves to delight and surprise our guests, creating a special setting where treasured memories can be made,” said Gavin Carroll, general manager, The Merchant. “This year’s theme taps into the quintessential Victorian Christmas, evoking emotive memories of youth and we hope that our teddy bear theme will help to create lasting memories for our guests. We’re also proud to partner with PIPs on the launch of our new Merchant bear, which we hope will make a real difference to local people in need this Christmas.”

For the month of December, guests can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea with a festive twist with live music daily from 12.30 until 4.30pm.

For festive drinks, choose from award-winning cocktails by the fireside in The Cocktail Bar or Berts Jazz Bar. For an Irish coffee with a twist, The Cloth Ear is teaming up with Bán Poitín for the exclusive launch of the Belfast Coffee this December. Featuring the infamous Irish spirit poitín, cold brew coffee, fresh cream and grated nutmeg, it’s perfect for espresso martini lovers. A range of luxury spiked hot chocolates are also being added to the menu, with a choice of vodka, rum, cointreau, crème de menthe, Tia Maria or brandy, along with fresh cream and a range of tasty toppings.

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