Where: Newmarket-On-Fergus, County Clare, Ireland Style: Castle resort Tea Selection: 18+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Feb.-Nov., Daily 1-4 Reservations: Highly recommended Contact: 800-346-7007 Cost: €29+ Mrs. White’s Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: Dress up and prepare to luxuriate. If you are staying at sister hotel The Inn at Dromoland, there is a paved walking path that cuts through the golf course to reach the castle in about ten minutes.
Destination Tea Notes: On occasion, I have been known to say “wow-wow-wooey,” and now only slightly apologize for using such an informal turn of speech in describing our reaction to the elegant Dromoland Castle. The ancestral home of Irish royals, Dromoland Castle was transformed into a resort hotel in the ’60s and is now actually Irish-American owned. The historic, majestic backdrop of the castle lends the ritual of taking tea an authentic air. All things served are excellent, from well-executed teatime standards to locally sourced unique flavor combinations. Servers are just as happy to answer questions as to leave us to our leisure. A piano gently plays. The Dromoland Castle afternoon tea experience, full of delicious lavishness and regal ambiance, ranks as one of our all-time favorites.