Day out, darlings? Luttrellstown Castle opens to public with afternoon tea
High Tea at Castleknock
Pinkies raised! Luttrellstown Castle, where David and Victoria Beckham were married in 1999, is to open to the public for the first time.
The fabled castle, set on a 560-acre estate in Castleknock, Co. Dublin, is welcoming customers for its new 'Aileen Plunkett Afternoon Tea'.
The tea, named after a previous owner of the castle, is being served at two sittings every Sunday (2pm and 4.15pm), will open on Saturdays from October, and will roll out to weekdays during December.
It costs from €45pp (€22.50pp for children), or you can push the boat out and add bubbles at €57pp (a Veuve Cliqout Champagne Afternoon Tea).
Luttrellstown, named for the Norman family who held it for more than 300 years, incorporates an array of architectural styles, from medieval to Gothic Revival.
Afternoon Tea will be served in the Van Stry ballroom.
Steeped in history, the ivy-clad castle was once owned by Ernest Guinness, and guests have ranged from Queen Victoria to Princess Grace of Monaco, Paul Newman and Ronald Reagan.
David and Victoria Beckham were married there on July 4, 1999, and it was purchased by businessmen JP McManus and John Magnier in 2006.
What's on the menu? Well, dainty finger sandwiches and speciality teas of course - along with freshly baked scones and sweet treats including Hibiscus Macaroons and 'Aileen’s Treat', a parfait layered with fresh strawberries, peach and a splash of Grand Marnier.
For bookings, contact 01 860-9620 or luttrellstowncastle.com.