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31st Mar 2022

5-star Tipperary hotel responds after scone price criticism

The Cashel Palace just opened its doors a few weeks back.

An Irish hotel has responded to criticism concerning the price of their tea and scones.

The 5-star Cashel Palace Hotel in Co Tipperary was recently subjected to some criticism on Twitter, after a user shared a photo of her receipt seemingly showing that her party had paid €45.00, plus €4.50 gratuity, for three servings of tea and scones.

User @Ciarasho posted the image alongside the caption “send an ambulance”, which after amassing over 25,000 likes, led to queries around why the cost of tea and scones was so high.

A spokesperson for the hotel told the Irish Mirror: “The hotel charges €5 for a pot of tea/coffee (with a complimentary refill if desired) plus €10 for three freshly made scones (per serving) with clotted cream from Hayes’ Farm in Two Mile Borris, butter from Glenilen Farm and a choice of jams from Crossogue Preserves which are all made locally.”

As per the Irish Times, Ciara later confirmed that her party had ordered one scone each, only to discover they were served three smaller scones each, “equivalent to a ‘normal scone’.”

She added that when her party asked about the price of the scones, they were informed it was “good value.”

Cashel Palace Hotel opened its doors for the first time in 2022. The 5-star establishment is described as “a luxury hideaway, meticulously restored and exquisitely reimagined. Spectacularly located by the Rock of Cashel in picturesque Co. Tipperary, the hotel is enveloped in nature and overlooked by ancient history.”

As well as accommodation, fine dining, and spa facilities, the hotel also offer an afternoon tea package which features tea, sandwiches, scones, cakes and buns from €50.

One night bed and breakfast in the luxurious hotel will set two people back €409.00 sharing. Some of the Cashel Palace’s more expensive suites cost upwards of €900 per night.