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Martin August 24, 2018

Lyrath Estate - Afternoon Tea Review

Lyrath Estate is just outside the lively town of Kilkenny. Like so many other grand houses in Ireland, Lyrath has a colourful past going back to the 16th century. To reach the hotel, you drive through well-maintained parkland with a pond and a stream. Today only a small part of the original b...
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Martin June 01, 2018

Do you need a Temperature Controlled Kettle?

- A temperature controlled kettle (TCK) turns off the boiling process of water at the desired and pre-programmed temperature. - Do you need a toaster, juicer, or microwave? Not really. You can roast your bread in the oven, squeeze your fruits by hand and heat food in a pot. What makes all the a...
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Martin January 26, 2018

"Striking Out" About Tea

On a Sunday night, RTE One is showing their second series of "Striking Out". We usually do not do TV reviews but in episode 2 there was a rare piece of free tea education we could not leave uncommented. Vincent, Neil Morrissey's character teaches his much younger housemate Ray how to make tea (ava...
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Martin January 10, 2018

Afternoon Tea in Killashee Hotel

On a grey, cold and miserable December Sunday we drove to Killashee House near Newbridge in Co. Kildare. The history of the estate goes back to the 5th-century AD. It was founded by St. Auxillius, a nephew of St. Patrick, as a Christian monastery. The impressive Victorian main house was built i...
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Martin December 13, 2017

The best Jelly for your Trifle

Christmas is trifle time and one firm favourite is the Cherry Trifle. To make the jelly the modern household relies on the ready to go, artificially flavoured jelly blocks available in every supermarket....
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Martin October 20, 2017

Afternoon Tea in Marlfield House

In this series of blogs, we will give our opinion about the Afternoon Tea destinations we infrequently visit. Besides the food part, we will always take a closer look at the range of teas offered. Marlfield House is set in the woodlands of Gory in County Wexford....
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Martin October 04, 2017

Are we running out of Darjeeling Tea?

We received a new delivery of Darjeeling teas this week. Exciting enough for me (every new delivery is a bit like Christmas) but usually not a newsworthy event. It is, however, worth mentioning this time because it might be one of the last arrivals of Darjeeling teas for a long time. ...
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The House of Tea was founded in Dublin in 2004 by Martin Mehner. It was the lack of good leaf tea that motivated us to set up a company that does exactly that.

Our main goal is to introduce people to the diverse world of tea and to show them that there is much more to tea than just a bag. We are dedicated to providing quality teas from around the world. Most teas are sourced directly from the tea gardens or the manufacturers. This allows us to monitor the quality of our products and to ensure that the workers in the mainly Asian countries are paid fairly.


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