Queen of Tarts, Dublin | Tea Room Review

The Queen of Tarts tempts all who pass

Meredith Sweetpea had the pleasure of visiting the Queen of Tarts tea room in Dublin, Ireland this spring for a delightful repast.

Located on Cow Lane in the Old City (medieval quarter) area, The Queen of Tarts was opened in 1998 by sisters Regina and Yvonne Fallon. They trained as pastry chefs in New York City in the 1990s, then returned home to Ireland to establish and run their own cafe.  They envisioned it as a homey and welcoming space that offered the best breakfasts and weekend brunch in Dublin, along with the tastiest lunches, and the finest cakes, scones, brownies, savory and sweet tarts, and a perfectly judged wine list.

It was voted a Best of Dublin destination, and all of these round silver disks on the building are awards!

A proud rooster stands in the front window, holding a tray loaded with sweet delights, a tempting offer. It worked on me.

I was immediately drawn to a scone, choosing a cranberry one with clotted cream and jam; my favorite. But the wide selection of pastries called me closer and I had to sample the apple tart as well. Both were equally as delicious, with a delicateness I can only attribute to the art of the chef.

If you’re hungry, begin your lunch with a hot savory tarts or roasted chicken with stuffing, followed by the Old Fashioned Victorian Sponge Cake, or the Queen of Chocolate Fudge Cake covered in chocolate ganache.

Everything is baked fresh on the premises using the finest ingredients: free range eggs, Lavazza coffee beans for coffee, Callebaut fine Belgian chocolate for their chocolate fudge cake and muffins, and Bramley’s Irish apples for their apple crumbles. Favorites include their homemade buttermilk brown breads and soups.Queen of Tarts, Dublin, Ireland They are open for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, or, as they call it, a happy ending.

Relax on the outdoor terrace with a coffee or glass of wine and watch the world go by; or simply curl up inside with tea and a slice of warm plum tart. Or visit the original branch, just a step around the corner on Dame Street, facing the glorious Georgian facade of City Hall.


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