Beaufield Mews is one of those hidden little gems that you don't really want to tell everyone about, but it's just too good not to!
Many times we tried dropping in there. It was always booked out and we wondered why -- but it all makes sense now.
When we arrived we were escorted upstairs, by a charming man, into a small room which had just a few tables and was beautifully decorated in an old fashioned style. Afternoon Tea in Beaufield Mews is served in the attic of one of the oldest restaurants in Dublin. The room was filled with fascinating trinkets from a bygone age when the restaurant first opened (including their first ever menu with lobster for £1).
First up - the Sandwiches. These included: peppered pastrami with horse radish and beetroot relish on the freshest of white bread, a chicken sandwich with tarragon infused mayo dressed with fresh rocket on malt brown bread, an egg shell (now this one really looked special) filled with free-range egg, lightly salted, spring onion and cress with Melba toast on the side and, finally, a charcoal coloured cone with smoked salmon, cream cheese, lemon and dill mousse. None of these could be faulted, they were all fantastic!
Next - the scones and deserts. I have to say the scones were excellent, served with clotted cream, butter and jam. The desserts included broken banoffee pie in a little jar, a rich chocolate brownie, with spiced and sugared nuts, homemade sherbet marshmallow, and a homemade Jaffa cake. A lovely and very unusual selection when compared to the normal Afternoon Tea dessert fare. If we had to be extra picky we would say that the marshmallow was a little bland in comparison with the other offerings.
All in all, Beaufield Mews, with its wonderful, friendly staff, provides an exceptional Afternoon Tea experience which really makes you feel like you have been teleported back in time. A must for all Afternoon Tea lovers.
Doreen ‘Go-go’ Kirwan founded Beaufield Mews in 1948 after her husband, Valentine, asked her to furnish Beaufield House. The Coachhouse & stables attached to the house became her storage rooms, filled to the brim with large mahogany tables, vintage crockery, oriental vases and anything else that took her fancy.
With more items that she could possibly house, she opened up the Coachhouse to prospective ladies looking for beautiful items to adorn their homes. Go-go’s two daughters would accompany her and sell scones & tea for some pocket money … and the foundations of Beaufield Mews restaurant were laid.
(words taken from website www.beaufieldmews.com)