by Cliona Kelliher - Monday, February 27, 2017
I have written about Burtown House before here - Snowdrops at Burtown House but it has been a while since we visited and I was dying to see the newly constructed Green Barn which looked amazing.
I have to say I wasn't disappointed, the building looks quite ordinary from the outside but inside is an absolute dream. Every single aspect of the decor is just perfect, with a vintage eclectic feel and loads of light. There are goods on sale including the Burtown House range of preserves and other craft products.
There is a gallery in a side room with prints of botanical art and also paintings on display on the walls.
Pretty much everything just delights the eye - even on a dull February day, the light coming through the expanse of glass lit up the whole interior with a warm soft glow.
We decided to go for a wander around the grounds before having coffee as rain was imminent at any second.
As always the gardens are full of life. Teeming with snowdrops and hellebores and dainty primroses, it's consistently pretty and there's so much to catch the eye.
We then went in to have our coffee and this was perhaps the most disappointing part of our visit. I feel that perhaps the owners prefer for people to book and order lunch and that coffee and cake are a bit of an afterthought. I would absolutely love to have lunch there soon but we hadn't booked and coffee and something sweet was all I really wanted anyway.
I didn't actually taste the cheesecake although Mark said it was nice. My brownie was disappointing to be honest. Advertised on the menu as chocolate brownie with ice-cream, it arrived cold with cream. I had expected it warm, although maybe that was just an assumption on my part and I should have asked. However, it was pretty dry and tasteless and we both felt that the price tag of €20 for 2 coffees and two cakes was quite expensive. It might have felt worth it if the cakes were amazing but they were just ordinary.
However, I know that their food is outstanding normally and the last time I had lunch there, the salad was one of the nicest I have ever eaten but I do love my cakes and expected a higher standard.
Have you been to the Green Barn, let me know what you think!