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Mulled Wine

  On a cold December day there is nothing more warming than the aroma and taste of a nip of mulled wine. The scent of cinnamon sticks reminds me of Christmas and brings back lovely memories of years gone by. It’s an ever popular addition to our Christmas afternoon tea menu and never fails to [...]

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Rose’s Mince Pies

A Christmas spread is never complete without the humble mince pie making an appearance. Light, crumbly pastry, filled with a moist fruit mixture, is a hard combination to beat and we think the ones Rose makes in our kitchen are amongst the best that you will ever taste. As always, we love to share, here [...]

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Christmas Truffles

Well at last December is here and with it the anticipation of frosty days and twinkling fairy lights. Christmas is such a special time of year and brings with it a different atmosphere here in Ariel House. Homecomings, meetings of long lost friends and family gatherings all take place on our steps and in our [...]

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Winter Warming Granola

Breakfast at Ariel House is one of my favourite times of the day. I love the hustle and bustle of the dining room as we prepare everything on the buffet, the beautiful wafts of fresh coffee as it is poured, the chink of forks on china and the chatter as the first guests arrive down [...]

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Halloween Tea Brack

Although traditionally associated with Halloween, Tea Brack is a year round favourite here at Ariel House and is usually found on the breakfast buffet each morning. Also known as Barmbrack or “The BarnyBrack” as we used to call it as children (I have no idea why, and would love to know if anyone else called it [...]

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Breakfast Together Week: Delicious Pancake Recipe

  Breakfast Together Week takes place this year from the 6th of October to 12th of October. Breakfasts are hosted across the country to help support the ISPCC Childline services which help children in need 24 hours a day. It is a great initiative to get people together and to raise awareness for this fantastic [...]

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Cakes Fit for a Queen

  Back when we were younger, an Irish tea table was not considered complete without a plate of freshly made Queen Cakes upon it. In other houses, they were called fairy buns or butterfly buns, but in our house, they were always called Queen Cakes. The whole act of creaming the butter and sugar together, [...]

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Ariel House Mini Meringues!

We recently had an email from an American guest who had enjoyed our afternoon tea so much that they were trying to recreate it for some friends back home in New York. She especially wanted to know how we made our mini meringues as she had been making them for years but could not get [...]

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Homemade Lemonade

We were so delighted to see The Great British Bake Off back on our screens last week! We are huge fans of home baking here in Ariel House as you all know and we are just loving the surge in interest in home baked treats that we see all around us! It is such a [...]

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An Award-Winning Breakfast by Our Ariel House Chef’s

Over the years, we have built up a reputation as being one of the best B&B’s in Dublin and although we pride ourselves on the charming elegance and Victorian features of our bedrooms, B&B stands for more than just beds – it’s about the breakfast too! Our Breakfast Chef, Rose, recently celebrated her 12 year [...]

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