Destination Tea: The Green Room at Springfield Castle

Springfield Castle in Co. Limerick, Ireland

Where:  Drumcollogher, County Limerick, Ireland
Style:  Castle Cafe
Tea Selection:  A dozen bagged and loose leaf teas by Barry’s Tea
Teatimes:  By reservation only
Reservations:  1-week notice
Contact:  +353 87 2503905, +353 87 6474846 or Facebook message
Cost: €35+ Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips:  As The Green Room is on the site of a vacation rental property (Springfield Castle), either call in advance to book a private tea for your group or look for upcoming teas offered to the public by following Springfield Castle on FacebookUse these directions to find the castle’s main drive, which you will follow to its end. Park in front of the castle and enter through the right-most archway to find The Green Room on your left.

The Green Room at Springfield Castle

Destination Tea Notes: Newly opened this year at Springfield Castle, The Green Room cafe is the invention of the castle’s custodians, parents Betty and Jonathan Sykes, daughter Karen, son (and chef) Daniel and his partner Alison Day Lee. If not for The Green Room’s stone walls and sprawling, nobly landscaped courtyard, we could easily imagine ourselves in downtown Atlanta, at a hot new restaurant with upcycled decor, bright splashes of color, locally grown “slow food” and that hipster admiration for all things retro. To complete the vibe, there’s even a food truck out front. Meals are made from scratch and feature many ingredients (as well as beautiful floral centerpieces) grown on site or sourced locally. Daniel and Ali run the cafe, planning seasonal menus for Saturday breakfast and lunch, and special dining events (such as our fabulous afternoon tea, which as you’ll see below, is truly a family production). While you may find yourself admiring The Green Room’s cheerful, relaxed energy, you will most definitely revel in its homemade, resplendent afternoon tea. Come hungry!

entering the green room cafe at Springfield Castle
Earning its name, The Green Room wears green hues from seats to ceiling.
Mix-n-match floral china patterns at The Green Room at Springfield Castle
Mix-n-match floral china patterns

Tea Selection

Barry's Teas served at the Green Room at Springfield Castle
The lovely Ali displays our tea choices, while Daniel preps the meal.
tea strainers at The Green Room at Springfield Castle
We choose a black tea and an herbal “Very Berry” to pass in pots around the table.
Homemade elderflower cordial at Springfield Castle's The Green Room
A popular, slightly sweetened summer cordial, homemade from elderflowers makes for a refreshing alternative to our caffeinated tea.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

tea table at The Green Room at Springfield Castle
Just look at this magazine-cover-worthy tea table! The botanical themed decorations perfectly suit the castle’s garden-to-table culture.
tea sandwiches at the Green Room at Springfield Castle
Scrumptious, fresh tea sandwiches include smoked salmon with cream, cucumber pinwheels, egg and bean sprouts on white triangles, and cooked ham and mustard on brown sourdough.
scones at The Green Room at Springfield Castle
Betty’s freshly made scones served with cream and Jonathan’s jam
Vanilla cupcakes with confetti icing, ginger biscuits (aka cookies) made by Ali's mom and brownines
We begin going halfsies on the desserts once we realize this course features a myriad of temptations including vanilla cupcakes with confetti icing, ginger biscuits (aka cookies) by Ali’s mom, brownies by Ali and…
The Green Room at Springfield Castle tea curate
A (divine) crème brûlée each and…
Pavlova at The Green Room at Springfield Castle
Homemade pavlova (a favorite Irish dessert) with berries, which has a crisp meringue exterior and is soft and moist inside. Delicious!
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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