From its very early days, Luttrellstown Castle had many associations with royalty from the days of King John, through to King George, Queen Victoria to High Society in the 1920’s and 1930’s and this Christmas, Luttrellstown Castle is delighted to introduce the Duchess of Cumberland Festive Afternoon Tea. 

The exclusive castle will throw open its’ doors on Sunday 3rd, 10th and 17th and Wednesday 20th December to celebrate the most wonderful of festive traditions.

Duchess of Cumberland Festive Menu

This exquisite Festive Afternoon Tea menu will include sandwiches of Smoked Salmon, Pickled Fennel, Lemon and Saffron Aioli on Homemade Guinness and Treacle Bread, Slow Cooked Ham Hock, Wholegrain Mustard, Chives and Cucumber on Sourdough Bread, Coronation Chicken with Curry and Pineapple on Multi-Grain Bread and Classic Egg Mayonnaise with Tarragon on a Butter Brioche. The Duchess loved dried fruits so indulge in freshly baked Buttermilk and Vanilla and Orange and Raisin Scones and Luttrellstown Mince Pies. And alight your taste buds with the most divine sweet treats including Pear and Caramel Cheesecake with Spicy Pears, Vanilla Cream Cheese and a Toffee Glaze, Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Tartlets with Hazelnut Whipped Ganache and Cocoa Crumble and Raspberry and Mulled Wine Macaroons with a Mulled Wine Filling and Raspberry Jam.

Duchess of Cumberland Festive Afternoon Tea is €70pp, Veuve Clicquot Afternoon Tea is €85pp and Children’s Afternoon Tea is €30 which includes a soft drink of choice. Cranberry Mimosa and Christmas Old Fashioned €14.00 each.  Tea will be served at two sittings at 1pm and 4pm and there will be a castle tour at 3.30pm each day tea is served. Bookings LIVE 10AM TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER –

Duchess of Cumberland Festive Afternoon Tea

The estates at Luttrellstown Castle were held by the Luttrell family from the early 13th Century and in 1717, Simon Luttrell inherited the castle and the land.   

His daughter, Lady Anne, was noted for her stunning beauty and her enchanting eyes. After a whirlwind romance, Anne married Christopher Horton in 1765 however he died in 1769. Although in mourning, Anne returned to high society where soon after, she met Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn and brother of King George III.  They married in secret in Mayfair, London in 1771 and fled to Calais in France.

King George III was horrified that his younger brother was not only connecting the royal family with the politically controversial Luttrell family, but he was also marrying a commoner.  As a result, King George III pressed parliament to bring in an act that would give the reigning monarch the rules to ensure succession to the throne – the Marriage Act is still in place to this day.

The King and the Prince did eventually reconcile before Henry’s passing in 1791.  Anne, as the Duchess of Cumberland, spent the remainder of her life travelling through Europe with her cousin, Sarah Bettina Lawley. She died in Gorizia, Italy in 1808.

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