On Breakfast at Bramble Rock in particular and Ireland I general :
The traditional Irish waking feast, as many know, is also ritually available in the U.K. and Benelux region as well. For the uninitiated, full details of a Trad Irish morning's breakfast, may be seen as well in a variety of online sites huge in detail.). In this case, Ann's meal was to prove perfect as the eggs were fresh as possible from her and Jer's own chickens. The bacon and pudding (both black and white) were locally butchered and freshly prepared rather than commercially sourced as were the bacon and ham, and the cooked tomato from their garden. In addition, there were warm-up cereals, complimenting sturdy breads brown and white, for those with severe stomach ringworms: yoghurts, juices and fresh fruits as seems the norm everywhere in better b&bs.
A word on one particular Irish/Euro cold cereal. Normally there are multiple choices as well as oatmeal, but i'd like to focus for a moment on another classic option here in Ireland. This is closer to marble sized chunky granola, rather than a flakier Alps muesli which some might have experienced as comes packaged in some better American markets or other gourmet shops. Essentially one finds a much a higher quality of standard and availability in this option throughout the land than is the norm in America. It doesn't turn flaky powder in a box, has big bites of mixed dry fruits of varying textures as well as generous marbles of crunchy cereal complimented by large bits of filberts, brazil nuts. sunflower seeds and walnuts. I had this delight every other day as a starter for breakfasts wherever we found ourselves and miss it already. If I don't find it in time, I'll have to one day hunt a recipe and assemble it all myself.
And in turning to morning beverages beyond juices: coffee, which I prefer, is light years better than years ago, usually of the highest quality and almost never close to disappointing. A few places still serve small half filled delicately pretty cups rather than mugs, but don't seem to mind constant rituals of repouring. I recall a time when a good sized mug of dark was a total surprise anywhere in Ireland and now the opposite is true virtually everywhere in Ireland.
My wife, who, for a lifetime, religiously drinks nothing but Lipton tea and brought scores of bags with her, never touched the stuff and truly enjoyed the Irish teas, though she did go back to Lipton whenever (as the Irish might say) we got home. One has never seen the wrath of an Irish woman scorned by the absence of milk for her tea in the morning. Better with loaded and cocked shotgun in hand, she found her husband intensely dallying with yet another paramour, than the blood eyed wrath in the absence of a proper cup of tea because he forgot to get milk.
One other quick Irish quirk since I'm in that mode. If you ask for bread and are met with an inquiry of toasted or not, upon make either choice, the response is most often "Perfect" or "Brilliant" as if you'd just first submitted advanced strategy plans for the successful Allied landing on D-DAY, painted Van Gogh's Starry Night or flawlessly interpreted Tchaikosvsky's Violin Concerto in D as never before achieved in Lincoln Center by a brilliant guest soloist and the New York Philharmonic. It's not every day in the American male's experience that any woman finds and publicly declares -in any context- a man's instinctive decisions "perfect" or his habitual choices "brilliant".
These notes are particular to our trip's first great morning meal at Bramble Rock as well as more generally touching upon overall start the day encounters elsewhere on our trip. It seems to me that Bramble Rocks excellent standards, delightful hosts and wonderful location relative to the Wickow Mountains, Glendalough, the Wicklow and Sally Gap passes, Meeting of the Waters, Avoca, etc. make it clear why it retains a first place review on TA for local B&Bs. We highly recommend it as a delightful choice to all considering the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bramble Rock is a family run B&B situated 350 metres from the centre of Laragh village up a quiet road past St John's Church. While staying at our home we hope that you relax and enjoy our hospitality and make the most of all that Laragh and Glendalough have to offer within walking distance. We have views over Trooperstown from two of the rooms and Derrybawn from another room. You can relax in our living room area and read any of the books we have available or just listen to the birds singing. All our rooms are en-suite and spacious. Two of them can accommodate a family. A good night's sleep is guaranteed in our comfortable beds. Each morning we invite you to choose from our tasty breakfast menu and enjoy home-cooked bread and local produce. We can also cater for special dietary requirements too. The Duffy family look forward to welcoming you to our home for what we hope will be the first of many visits. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bramble Rock Laragh, Ireland - Vale Of Glendalough