Being regular visitors to Malahide Castle over the years, we were concerned when we heard that a new coffee outlet was opening. We were worried that the beautiful grounds would be spoiled by a new modern building, but it has been very tastefully done and just slots in so easily to its surroundings. We sat outdoors on the terrace this morning and it was lovely. It looks across a tiled and pebbled courtyard which has a large greenhouse as its focal point. It was just so relaxing sitting there, sipping on coffee, having a chat and listening to the birds. The food at Avoca, while not cheap, is absolutely top class, whether it is just a snack that’s required or a larger meal. We had the most gorgeous selection of toasted breads with home made marmalade and raspberry jam. Simple fare, but it did the trick for us this morning. We followed up our snack by a walk in the grounds of the castle. We didn't undertake the tour, as we know the place well. There are always plenty of opportunities for photographs in this beautiful estate, whatever the season. Just go and enjoy, the grounds are free to anyone who wishes to go walking, or to bring children to the large playground. The only exception is an entry fee if you wish to tour the castle - just don't forget to try out the lovely toast in Avoca before you leave. They are definitely on to a winner here.
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