Na­tion­wide’s Kennedy drops in for a cuppa at Ark­low’s Vic­to­rian Tea Times

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - BY EIMEAR DODD

Wick­low busi­ness Vic­to­rian Tea Times is set to be featured on Na­tion­wide, the pop­u­lar RTE One mag­a­zine show.

Pre­sen­ter Mary Kennedy and the show’s crew vis­ited the Ark­low tea rooms on Fri­day last where they en­joyed af­ter­noon tea be­fore talk­ing to owner Au­drey Whe­lan about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the busi­ness.

Speaking to the Wick­low Peo­ple be­fore film­ing, Au­drey Whe­lan said: ‘I’m so ex­cited. I can’t be­lieve it. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the busi­ness and the town.’

Vic­to­rian Tea Times al­lows guests to en­joy af­ter­noon teas served by par­lour maids in cos­tume and all presided over by a Vic­to­rian ma­tri­arch.

Vis­i­tors can also have fun in the Vic­to­rian dress­ing room as they step back in time by don­ning beau­ti­ful dresses and fin­ery as worn by ladies in that era.

It hasn’t been con­firmed when the fea­ture on Vic­to­rian Tea Times will be shown on the pop­u­lar RTE evening mag­a­zine show. Mean­while, Vic­toran Tea Times are launch­ing a new ser­vice ‘A Jolly Jaunt for Af­ter­noon Tea’ which will allow guests to be col­lected from the Ark­low area in a pony and carriage and then be brought to the tea rooms on the Main Street. The carriage can sit up to six peo­ple and ad­vance book­ing through their web­site is es­sen­tial.

Na­tion­wide’s Mary Kennedy (sec­ond from left) with Karla Tracey, Au­drey Whe­lan, Rob Don­nelly, Lucy Ka­vanagh and Mar­got Ap­pleby at Vic­to­rian Tea Times in Ark­low as the RTE show came to film last week.

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