Afternoon Tea at Dromoland Castle

Afternoon tea in Dromoland Castle is like stepping back in time for a few hours, where you can enjoy luxurious historic surroundings in a relaxed atmosphere, while treating your palate to a variety of mouth watering delicious sweet and savoury treats.

The original castle was built in 1014 by Donough O’Brien and was similar in structure to Bunratty Castle. Donough was a son of Brian Boru who ruled as High King of Ireland from 1002 to 1014 from his throne in Killaloe. The main building as we see it now was built between 1800 and 1836.

Though a castle, Dromoland is very cosy, and has an atmosphere thick with history, as you walk through the high-ceilinged plushly decorated hallways and imagine past occupants walking the same hallways, going about their daily business.

Afternoon Tea is served in The Earl of Thomond Restaurant, a bright room, with sparkling chandeliers and a breath-taking view of the lake.

We ordered Mrs Whites Afternoon tea, named after a kitchen maid who worked within the castle for many decades, and though there was a large group of us it was no problem for the professional friendly staff.


Gluten free, Coeliac Afternoon Tea

Three tiered silver stands, holding china plates packed with colourful, beautifully arranged scones, finger sandwiches with an array of fillings, and an assortment of French pastries were placed in front of us. My gluten free food looked just as delicious as everyone else’s. Taste buds tingled as we sampled each little mysterious surprise, and drank our specialised tea or coffee served from silver pots.

Full, happy and relaxed we lounged on the outdoor terrace,  and enjoyed the mild, bright October weather as we chatted.


Reception Dromoland October 30th celebrating Halloween


Dromoland Castle



Eve’s Bed and Breakfast, Bexhill-on-Sea


“I love Bexhill because of its unique charm. It is a beautiful, interesting but quiet little town, but also has a great community that gets together and puts on fantastic events that make the town buzz, the Roaring 20’s Day or the Festival of the Sea for example,” said Jenny.

Jenny, Justin and their gorgeous daughter Grace, are the proprietors of Eve’s Bed & Breakfast, a second generation family business. Their beautiful red brick Victorian home is nestled into the picturesque, historic seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea in the UK.

“Being in the B&B business I meet so many amazing people. I love chatting with my guests over breakfast and finding out about their lives. My favourite thing is when you figure out that you have something in common with a guest, several times I have discovered that I had someone in common with a guest, or we had done the same thing on the other side of the world for example. It’s a small world,” smiled Jenny.

Eve’s is a cosy, home from home, where Jenny makes you feel as if you are visiting a friend’s house. Her attention to detail, from stylish breakfast crockery, delicately scented toiletries, tea and coffee facilities in your room, and Jenny’s warm, friendly personality made it a very memorable place to stay.

Our room was bright, plush, and like the rest of the house, was tastefully decorated in a way that complements the period of the house. After a peaceful nights sleep in extremely comfortable beds, and a hot shower with soft white towels, the scenic beauty of our surroundings unfolded as the sun rose, where from my room, beyond a manicured garden, I could see the sun sparkling on the sea.

Justin is coelaic, so special bread, separate butter, even sausages were available for breakfast for me. So after a delicious fresh fruit salad of watermelon and blueberries, a full English for my brother, eggs and tomatoes for me, we chatted with Jenny.

The business was set up and run by Eve, Justin’s mum in 2004, until she retired and Jenny and Justin took the reins as hosts in 2012. Jenny has a degree in Hospitality Management and trained at The Grand Hotel, a five star hotel in Brighton and Justin  has a background in customer orientated roles.

While chatting and lingering over our coffee, I suddenly became aware of something pressing against my leg, when I looked down to my delight, I saw Ralphy the Parsons Terrier who was looking for some attention. Korky their black and white cat had also made a brief appearance the night before, they must have known we were pet lovers, my brother having a Malamute and I a West Highland Terrier and a cat.

“We allow dogs here as there is access to the back garden in our ground floor room, and there are not many places around that allow them. It is lovely to meet so many gorgeous doggies! My daughter just loves dogs as well!”

An Edwardian town, we managed to catch a brief glimpse of the elegant promenade that stretches for two miles, where Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco buildings adorn the sea front.

Though we were there for a family bereavement for a dear Uncle, Eve’s and Bexhill-on-Sea left an enduring impression.

Eve’s Bed & Breakfast

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