Home Delivery of Luxury Lockdown Afternoon Tea Launched Blackwell House Five-star Guesthouse

Luxury Afternoon Tea for home delivery has been launched by Blackwell House in Northern Ireland, a five-star guesthouse popular with international visitors, in response to the lockdown which has led to its temporary closure.

The award-winning guesthouse, which is based near Banbridge in county Down and is a Taste of Ulster member, is generating cash by taking its acclaimed afternoon teas out to the wider community on a call and delivery basis.

Joyce Brownless, who runs the guesthouse, which has nineluxury rooms, with husband Steve, explains: “Like many other businesses we are now closed and don’t know when we will ever open.”

The enterprising business had been growing steadily and was well-booked for the season before the Covid-19 outbreak. Ithad also invested in the construction and outfitting of three new rooms for guests.

“We have now decided that since our customers can’t come to us that we need to go to them. We have created a Blackwell House Lockdown Afternoon Tea that we have just started to deliver.

“Afternoon Tea at Blackwell House is tradition at its finest and we now deliver. We serve a wonderful mix of home baked savouries and freshly made sandwiches, scones fresh from the oven with home-made preserves and an array of dainty sweet bites for your delight – and all baked by myself in our own pristine kitchen,” she adds.

Mrs Brownless suggests that zoom video technology could be used for afternoon tea events including birthday parties, baby showers, anniversaries and engagements for which bespoke packages could be supplied on a direct to doorstep by Blackwell House.

The guesthouse has won a host of prestigious awards for the quality of its food sourced largely from local suppliers. Other major awards include Best Irish Guesthouse last year and Best Irish Breakfast.

The guesthouse has attracted guests from international markets such as the US, Canada, France and Germany. Both Joyce, a native of Banbridge, and Steve have extensive experience in national and international management.

The couple opened the guesthouse in 2014 with a commitment to offer luxury accommodation in a picturesque part of Northern Ireland with superb food from artisan suppliers in Northern Ireland.

“At Blackwell House, we are passionate about providing the freshest and tastiest food. Everything is home-made, and we take particular are in sourcing the best local produce available every day,” adds Mrs Brownless.