I read somewhere recently that the “Tea Room” is making a come back, that ‘High Tea’ is in a renaissance, I dare to believe it, but can only hope that it is true. There is NOTHING I like more than going for high tea, the more over the top and flouncy the better. I want to entertained, I want to see sugary goodies displayed in a 3 tiered stack, I want to have that feeling of nostalgia when taking tea, I want my tea served in chintzy chinaware or silver tea pots. The whole ceremony, theatrics and indulgence surrounding high tea is so enjoyable, what better way to spend an afternoon?
I cannot talk about tea rooms without mentioning a fantastic little tea room in Killarney co Kerry. I always insist we frequent Miss Courtney’s tearooms every time I visit my friend who lives there. Miss Courtney’s tearooms in Killarney transports you right back to a by gone era, I love their shabby chic style, the mix matched china ware, the cakes, the ambiance, the selection of tea, the painted floor boards, the chandeliers , I could go on. Miss Margaret Courtney, the original proprietor, opened her doors 1909, she is the great-aunt of the current owner who reopened Miss courtneys in 2008. The business has been run by four generations of ladies in the family. Generations of black and white family pictures hang honorably on the Tearoom walls. Anyone going on holiday to Killarney in co. Kerry should definitely pop into Miss Courtney’s Tearooms.
If I had the money, I would love to open a tea room akin to Miss Courtneys, however I fear I probably would eat my way through any profits…
On our holiday in Sydney in December, I dragged Dave along to the “Victoria Room Tea Salon“ for high tea, I absolutely could not pass it by without venturing inside. As we were on holidays, we went totally over the top and ordered champagne with our afternoon tea, let me tell you we enjoyed every last morsel! Seeing as Dave was with me, I forced him to take a few photos to share with you, I hope you enjoy.
Long Live HIGH TEA!!!