A tea-riffic new way to see the city

by Gazette Reporter
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Afternoon tea is always a treat but a Howth woman has come up with a twist on the norm with her Vintage Tea Tours – Afternoon Tea with a Difference.
“It has been said that ‘If tea can’t fix it, then there’s no hope’. Or maybe that’s just another Irishism!”
So says Karen Nixon, who was inspired to start her new venture after a trip to London.
Vintage Tea Tours is a Dublin City tour with a difference.
Passengers get the chance to enjoy some of the city’s well-known sights, whilst comfortably seated in a vintage double decker Routemaster bus named Pauline, and while indulging in some afternoon tea treats.
The tour runs three times a day, at 11am, 1.15pm and 3.30pm, with tickets starting from €40.

Juicy facts
Passengers are in the safe hands of driver Bob and the on-board Vintage Tea Tours team, who share some interesting and juicy facts about Dublin, its sights and, of course, the bus Pauline, named after Karen’s grandmother.
All of this can be enjoyed while nibbling on an array of delicacies and some surprising treats, such as a vanilla panna cotta with forest berry compote, or a Guinness brownie, all freshly prepared daily by fine dining Italian chef Donato Romano.
Entrepreneur and founder Karen Nixon, with the support of her family, felt that the romance and fun behind the concept of being chauffeured in a double decker bus, while enjoying pastries and the likes, needed to be shared – so much so that she bought a bus (inset, right).
Speaking about the new venture, and about Pauline the bus, Karen said: “We are so excited to be introducing Pauline to the world of tours and afternoon tea.
“As a family, we’ve all had a part in making this venture happen and it is fantastic to be able to include my beloved gran on this journey with us.
“There is so much history and romance involved in Vintage Tea Tours and we want our customers to be able to experience it all.
“We want them to share a nostalgic moment with family and friends, as they remember the simple pleasure of tea and cake while sitting at their gran’s table in the snug warmth of her kitchen – it’s just on wheels this time!”

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