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| Located after US Preclearance in Terminal 2 and beside the US departure gates, it is close to an active runway. Complimentary access for Aer Lingus passengers is restricted to Business Class ticket holders and Prestige / Elite Gold Circle Club members. The entry fee of 39euro is substantially higher than the DAA lounges. 51st & Green is located beside gate 406, and clearly signposted. Entry is through sliding doors, down a gradual slope where a very pleasant lady welcomed us as Aer Lingus Business Class Passengers, and explained that food and drink were self service and complimentary. No mention was made of the additional menu which is chargeable. First impressions are of a bright, white almost clinical area, Soft drinks and a selection of salads, soups, bread rolls, smoked salmon, duck terrine are nicely displayed on the counters, along with some baked goods and biscuits laid out in wooden serving trays. A small range of beers, wines and spirits is available from an attended counter which doubles as a coffee bar. DAA state that the coffee is specially ground for the 51st & Green lounge by a micro-roastery. It is good to see local businesses being supported in such a way, and the espresso I sampled was excellent. I asked at the bar/coffee server if it was possible to have some champagne and was amazed to be told that the lounge did not stock champagne. Surely a premium lounge should carry champagne? I would have been quite happy to pay for it, but was unable to do so. The newspaper rack contained two (used) copies of the Irish Independent newspaper. Nothing else whatever being available, There is a wide range of seat types, some facing runways, some in quiet clusters. Numerous power points are in place to charge mobile devices. However there is no business area, no computers for guests to use (to take advantage of the advertised “printing facilities”). In fairness, the receptionist was quick to offer to print any documents which I could email to her. A nice gesture, but surely a premium lounge should have at least one or two PCs for guests to use and print whatever they need? Pea and ham soup was hot and flavoursome, but served in a narrow mug is less than ideal. The cakes were quite pleasant, but there seemed to be a distinct shortage of bread rolls. For over half an hour, the basket was virtually empty. Also disappointing was the lethargic approach taken to clearing tables. One grave omission during the two hours we spent in the 51st & Green was the failure to offer the menu of cooked to order hot meals mentioned in DAAs’ publicity. However, the negatives are many: Lack of newspapers. No business centre. Toilets out of order. Slow replenishment of basic food items. Slow table clearance. Failure to offer any of the meals described on DAA publicity.