Miss Margaret Courtney, my great-aunt originally opened her business here in 1909 and it has been run by four generations of ladies in my family. I reopened in summer 2008 as Miss Courtney's Tearooms.

We are an independent tearooms specializing in afternoon tea fare, light lunches and breakfasts. We endeavour to capture the feeling of nostalgia associated with 'taking tea'. Expect old fashioned tablecloths, antique chinaware and glistening chandeliers........ ....take some time to 'take some tea' with us.

Monday, 11 August 2008

A message that made our day!

Miss Courtney's tea rooms will be part of my memories for many years! My husband and I visited Killarney last weekend to celebrate our silver wedding. We came to the tea rooms twice during our 3 day stay! We really enjoyed both the excellent cream tea (especially the warm scones!) and the lovely relaxing atmosphere. It was like stepping back in time, I was reminded of tea at my Granma's house when I was a little girl. What a pity we have lost the art of taking afternoon tea, thank you for reviving it!Hope to visit you again sometime.

Best wishes for the future
Alison RigbyVale of Glamorgan
South Wales
31 July 2008 01:25

Thank you very much Alison for your lovely comments - we really appreciate it and are glad you enjoyed your trip to Kerry - congratulations to you and your husband on your anniversary.
Best wishes and hope to see you again.

Sandra and all at Miss Courtney's tearooms

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Ladies at Miss Courtney's Tearooms

My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of the wonderful staff at Miss Courtney's. All of the staff have worked incredibly hard on opening, running and improving service in the tearooms over the last few weeks. I think you'll agree we all look pretty good here too - worthy of a spot on the wall amongst the glamour of the 1940's ladies.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Opening Miss Courtney's Tearooms!

Miss Courtney's Tearooms opened on the 7th of July 2008. We have received tremendous support from old friends, neighbours and huge numbers of customers from the days of the cafe and Margaret Courtney's. It has been so enjoyable meeting everyone and hearing stories from the old days. Thank you so so much to everyone - We hope Miss Courtney's will be a part of your memories in the years ahead.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

A perfect cup of tea

When in doubt..... trust Mrs Beeton! Mrs. Beeston's Book of Household Management is really the only necessary tool for all culinary and domestic queries.


1814. There is very little art in making good tea; if the water is boiling, and there is no sparing of the fragrant leaf, the beverage will almost invariably be good. The old-fashioned plan of allowing a teaspoonful to each person, and one over, is still practised. Warm the teapot with boiling water; let it remain for two or three minutes for the vessel to become thoroughly hot, then pour it away. Put in the tea, pour in from 1/2 to 3/4 pint of boiling water, close the lid, and let it stand for the tea to draw from 5 to 10 minutes; then fill up the pot with water. The tea will be quite spoiled unless made with water that is actually ‘boiling’, as the leaves will not open, and the flavour not be extracted from them; the beverage will consequently be colourless and tasteless,—in fact, nothing but tepid water. Where there is a very large party to make tea for, it is a good plan to have two teapots instead of putting a large quantity of tea into one pot; the tea, besides, will go farther. When the infusion has been once completed, the addition of fresh tea adds very little to the strength; so, when more is required, have the pot emptied of the old leaves, scalded, and fresh tea made in the usual manner. Economists say that a few grains of carbonate of soda, added before the boiling water is poured on the tea, assist to draw out the goodness: if the water is very hard, perhaps it is a good plan, as the soda softens it; but care must be taken to use this ingredient sparingly, as it is liable to give the tea a soapy taste if added in too large a quantity. For mixed tea, the usual proportion is four spoonfuls of black to one of green; more of the latter when the flavour is very much liked; but strong green tea is highly pernicious, and should never be partaken of too freely.

Time.—2 minutes to warm the teapot, 5 to 10 minutes to draw the strength from the tea.

Sufficient.—Allow 1 teaspoonful to each person, and one over.

~ Mrs Isabella Beeton

Thursday, 22 May 2008

My favourite tea quotes....

  • "Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment." ~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

    There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” ~ Henry James

    P.G. Wodehouse, The Amazing Hat Mystery ~ "...what I feel we ought to do at this juncture is to dash off somewhere where it's quiet and there aren't so many houses dancing the 'Blue Danube' and shove some tea into ourselves. And over the pot and muffins I shall have something very important to say to you."

The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness.

Sandra Dunlea