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.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Afternoon tea..... in killarney

Miss Courtney's Tearooms adores the traditional afternoon tea .......... here is who we have to thank for it: Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880's upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o'clock.Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from fine tea pots into delicate bone china cups.


  1. loved the cakes loved the decor.......nice place for girly chats!

  2. We visited Ireland and this tea room was the most charming place to stop. Makes you feel like you have stepped back in time!

  3. i wasnt very impressed the service was not good at all

    1. Maybe it was closed when you called in?

      Peter Wood Jenkins

  4. Speaking for the gentlemen of the world, I must say that Miss Courtney's is perhaps the BEST tea shop I have ever been to -- and I have been to more than a few. The home-baked items, service, and tea were all WONDERFUL!

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  6. What a lovely environment, and I'm not easily impressed. I was like a child in a candy store taking it all in. So pretty. And when the boiled eggs came out with a jacket on I thought it was such a lovely touch. So cute. I can see that a lot of effort was put in. How do you keep those tablecloths clean! Wishing you much success.

  7. My family and I love Miss Courtney´s.
    We love your tearoom.
    You are famous all over Ireland and beyond and deservedly so.
    My children regard coming here as a treat.
    (and so do I.)The fast food chains hold no attraction for them.
    Well done and continued success.
    We are spreading the word.....

  8. Superb tearooms, great idea, fantastic decor. The only negative is that the general cleanliness could do with a lift, the tablecloths floors etc were pretty dirty.

  9. My idea of heaven and certainly worth moving to Killarney just for! Cup cakes to die for, tea which tasted better than at home and the fabulous smiling staff who made us feel very welcome.

    This is certainly in my top three experiences from our recent trip to Ireland, but then, even Miss Courtney's cannot complete with the breathtaking scenery...

    See you next time, Bridie Nelson (Wilts, UK)

  10. The best Tea Rooms in Ireland. What an atmosphere of old style luxury just like the high tea you had with your favourite Auntie. There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe how wonderful this Tearoom is.........

  11. Nicest Tea Room in the world. Lovely atmosphere and lovely people serving.


  12. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to comment - we take all comments onboard and you will be happy to read that Miss Courtneys had a full refresh a couple of months ago - repainting everything, reapolstering, everything is lovely bright, clean and fresh.We work hard to keep it as you like it.

  13. Just wondering if you cater for coeliacs? Do you have any gluten free goodies available? Thanks!

  14. Am visiting Killarney this weekend , and really hope to pop by sounds excuisite x

  15. I always have tea and cake in Miss Courtney's when I'm in Killarney. Always a pleasure.

  16. One of the reasons That "Killarney Feels |Like Heaven To Me"

    This Tearoom is the best I have found in Ireland and probably

    the best in the world

    And it encouraged me to write a song with the title above in

    italics. Playing at a radio near you very soon

    Peter Wood Jenkins P.J.Xanadu Music Publishing

  17. It looks delicious.....I love cakes......

  18. I'm absolutely smitten with Miss Courtney's. I love to do afternoon tea when traveling as a special treat. I suppose you could say I have a grand idealized version of what afternoon should be like, Miss Courtney's is that vision brought to life. The shop is adorable and perfectly decorated. The food was delicious and my husband even admitted to enjoying it. He usually complains that afternoon tea food is too dainty and he is always hungry afterwords. He even admitted that the portions at Miss Courtney's are substantial (he couldn't finish everything). Thank you for a wonderful time! We loved Ireland as a whole, but would readily visit again just to go to the tearoom!

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