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Butler’s Chocolate Experience

Did you know that out near the Dublin Airport is a real-life Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory? Well, there is! Butler’s Chocolates are an Irish chocolate brand with a working factory just a short drive from Dublin city centre.   Butler’s Chocolates was founded in 1932 by Marion Butler under the name Chez Nous Chocolates. She […]

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Spending the day in Belfast

Only a short bus-ride north of Dublin is the beautiful Northern Ireland city of Belfast! Belfast is about an hour and ten minutes away by bus or car. If you aren’t renting a car during your stay, Dublin Coach makes a nonstop trip up to Belfast every hour beginning at 5:30am and ending at 8:30pm. […]

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Ariel House; Getting to know Irish Gaelic

You may have noticed during your stay here in Dublin that Irish Gaelic is printed on all the street signs and buses. Irish plays an important historic and cultural role in Ireland, so to help you get more acquainted with the country and its people, I’ve interviewed one of my professors who is fluent in […]

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Ariel House; It’s Always Teatime in Dublin

I enjoy a good pint as much as the next person, but when it all boils down to it, I’m much more of a tea drinker. To help out all of you who would much prefer spending the afternoon with scones and pots of Orange Pekoe, I’ve gone on a little coffee tour of Dublin […]

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Ariel House; Afternoon Tea Traybake.

Afternoon Tea Traybake Our Afternoon Teas are in full swing for the season and we are enjoying preparing delicious treats for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Our Afternoon Teas are available exclusively on a Saturday and reservations can be made by contacting us on 01 6685512 or email reservations@ariel-house.net. We would be delighted […]

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Ariel House; Irish Soda Bread with a twist….

Irish soda bread with a twist…. Welcome back to our blog after our annual festive break. Our kitchen has reopened and our ovens fired up for what is set to be another busy year here in Ariel House. We make soda bread every day in our kitchen. It is such a traditional Irish bread to […]

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Ariel House; Festive Afternoon Tea

Festive Afternoon Tea The festive season is almost upon us and our chefs Rose, Ulisses and Manu have been busy preparing our festive afternoon tea menu. December is one of our favourite months here in Ariel House, our beautiful Christmas tree shines brightly in our drawing room, our mantles are adorned with festive swags and […]

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Ariel House; Best Irish Potato Cakes!

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” ― A.A. Milne Here […]

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Ariel House; Refreshing Lemonade.

What an absolutely beautiful summers day we had today. After weeks of grey skies and muggy temperatures it was so wonderful to see wispy clouds and bright blue skies. I often think when I am strolling around Dublin that people seem so much happier when the weather is good. Plenty of smiling faces around the […]

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St Patrick’s Festival 2016

There is great excitement around Dublin city this week with a host of activities and events planned to help celebrate the St Patrick’s Festival 2016.  This years theme is “Imagine If” and marks the final instalment of an exciting trilogy; the past, the present and the future. The theme will bring Dublin streets to life […]

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