Tasty Dublin treats without the vintage bus

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A typical afternoon tea tray on board Kitty which has been replicated for the special Afternoon Tea delivery boxes. Richard Walter

When Richard Walter reported on the delights of the Dublin Vintage Tea Trips in issue 1437 of CBW in March 2020, all was looking good and the business was rapidly developing and expanding into other areas with many exciting opportunities to collaborate on the horizon. Then Covid-19 came along which sadly meant that the fleet of three former London AEC Routemaster buses – Pauline (RM811 – ZV10903), Kitty (RM2078 – ZV11165) and Jean (RM654 – WLT654) – together with Molly, former Leicester City Transport MCW Leyland Titan PD3A/1 48 (GRY 48D) had to be taken off the road.

Far from being disheartened however, the company was quick to come up with short term lockdown solutions to keep tea flowing and sandwiches, cakes and a selection of indulgent tasty treats provided to the good people of Dublin. Ciara McCaughey, Sales and Marketing Executive told Richard that since people couldn’t travel on the buses, the team decided instead to provide a ‘highfalutin’ scrumptious Afternoon Tea box’ direct to their homes every week from Thursday to Sunday. People could choose to have the treats delivered or boxes could be collected from the VTT HQ. She said: “We’ve also opened up a store online where you can not only order the afternoon Tea boxes, but also buy a range of tableware and party accessories to give your home and party that beautiful vintage feel without the washing up.”



Ideally of course the company can’t wait to see their vintage buses back on the road. “With indoor dining resuming in Ireland from 5 July, we are delighted to report that our tours will return on Friday 9 July.” said Ciara. “We also plan to run trips in Cork City in August as well as Dublin and cannot wait to welcome our customers back on board.”

You can find out more about Afternoon Tea Boxes and updates on the return of the vintage buses at vintageteatrips.ie or on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Routemaster ‘Kitty’ RM2078 (ZV11165) will hopefully soon be seen again heading along O’Connell Street on the afternoon tea trip around Dublin. Richard Walter