An Irish tradition I love is their Afternoon Tea. Many of the hotels and bed & breakfasts in Ireland will serve this basic – and delicious – black tea daily, which is especially yummy when enjoyed with cream and sugar. It’s usually offered with an assortment of delectable treats, such as cookies and pastries.
One of my favorite memories of enjoying this afternoon ritual was at Rathbaun Farms, which is an authentic working farm that is a delight to visit. It’s down to earth and very un-touristy. You can get a tour there, and see what farm life is like. They show you the sheepdogs in action – they’re tremendously skilled!
Afterwards, you can go inside the home where they serve scones with their tea next to a warm peat fire. The scones were so tasty, and somehow I managed to convince them to give us their recipe!
The Irish people are so friendly and very caring, I find that they are truly interested in where you came from, and what you’re doing there. There are many places around the country to enjoy afternoon tea, and it’s a great way to make new friends in Ireland.