Dunbrody's Blog

23/03/2020

Easter Simnel Cake

low res simnel cakeThe Simnel cake is associated with Easter today, but was originally made for Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent. In the 17th century, Mothering Sunday became the day when girls and boys in service were allowed a day off to go and visit their mothers. This was their one and only holiday. The girls would bake their mothers a Simnel cake as a gift.

Thus the baking of a Simnel cake for Mothering Sunday was not only a gift from a girl to her mother, but also a test of the girl's cooking skills. The cake would not be eaten until Easter Sunday, and the whole family would be anxious to see if the cake was still moist.
With the demise of service after the First World War, the Simnel cake began to be treated as an Easter cake in its own right. The cake is decorated with eleven marzipan balls, representing Jesus' disciples minus Judas the traitor. Originally it was also decorated with fresh flowers, but sugar flowers are often used today.

We'll be featuring our @DunbrodyHouse Simnel Cake on our Easter Afternoon Tea menu

Spring Specials

Thoughout the year we offer some great dates for your diary - you can book any of these on their own or as part of a package: Call 051.389600 to book. 
Mothers Day Lunch or Afternoon Tea Treat your Mum this Mothers Day (22nd March) to a delicious Dunbrody lunch in the Harvest Room Restaurant or maybe try our Classic Afternoon Tea.  Work up your appetite with a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the wonderful display of magnolias, daffodils, crocuses and camellias - Spring is in the air!

Call 051.389600 to book your table.

Live Like a Lord (or a lady!) To the Manor Born at Dunbrody   - Live like a Lord for 2 days in 1800s Dunbrody House...Georgian architecture meets modern luxury with this 2 day package which includes a Classic Afternoon Tea, dinner in the Harvest Room Restaurant from our Spring Seasonal Menu and champagne breakfast in bed til Noon on one morning.

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

Lazy Sundays at Dunbrody Lazing on a Sunday afternoon - From €155pps treat yourself to 24 hours of Dunbrody indulgences combines with a night's luxury accommodation and breakfast til Noon on Monday....Choose from leisurely lunch in Dundons Seafood Bar, our classic afternoon tea or Early Supper Menu.

Sundays during February & March.  Click HERE to book

Love Is 24 hours of indulgence at Dunbrody House throughout the Spring. From €235 pps            The perfect treat for someone you love. 
Love Is package includes:
- Accommodation in one of Dunbrody's luxury rooms or suites, Breakfast til Noon next day.
- Dinner for Two from the Harvest Room Seasonal Menu
- Choice of Dunbrody Full Body Massage or Signature Facial (one treatment per person)

Sundays & Midweek Click HERE to book

Easter Eggstravaganza The Dunbrody Easter Package includes:- 2 nights Bed & Breakfast til Noon;- Dinner on 1 night from our Spring Seasonal Menu;- Option of an Easter Chocolate Surprise in room on Arrival, a Spa or Cookery school Voucher for €20 or a Pitcher of Pimms on the terrace!

From 01-19 April  Click HERE to book

Yummy Mummies this Mothers Day - We love all the Yummy Mummies & Mums to Be here at Dunbrody and we have the perfect treat for your Yummy Mummy - either the Foodie option or the Beauty option both starting at €265 pps to book either as a stay or as a VoucherPackage includes 1 night's Dinner, B&B and a choice of any one of the following:- One Day Cookery School OR Aromatherapy Associates Rose Facial with Indian Head & Neck Massage

Throughout the month of March  Click HERE to book  Also available as a Gift Voucher

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