I am not a great fan of pomp and ceremony, however afternoon tea catches my imagination every time and adds fond memories.
The first Afternoon Tea I encountered was in colonial Bermuda, as one of the crew of Modern Bride magazine with J. Barry O'Rourke. I was a very green photo assistant at the time in New York City. An expert tea drinker though having consumed hundreds if not thousands of pots of tea in various houses in the west of Ireland. However, I was still ill prepared, I was completely broad sided when the server asked me "Which type of tea would the gentleman prefer?”. I had not realised up until that moment that tea could be so sophisticated.
The encounter started rather 'red faced'. But I survived.
"Which type of tea would the gentleman prefer?”
Dromoland Castle the ancestral home of the O’Briens, situated in western Ireland, Co. Clare to be precise, does a very nice afternoon tea, it is pure ambience, plain and simple. A relaxed affair, you should make an afternoon of it, but make sure and book in advance. I was treated recently on my birthday, might do it again next year.
I have shot some fashion shoots here in the past, a five star complex, old world style. The drive in through the main gates is through the estate and golf course, the club house restaurant within the walled garden also a relaxed venue for lunch.