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 Facebook. Use 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.
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!