After three months of being off the road, an afternoon tea offering with a difference is set to take to the streets of Cork on four wheels next month.
Vintage Tea Trips reopened on July 11 after Covid-19 forced the closure of the business which has been offering a good cup of tea, tasty treats, and laughs on vintage transport since September 2016.
Owner of the Vintage Tea Trips, Karen Nixon, told The Echo that some changes are in place since reopening and that all staff were on board in wanting to keep the wheels turning on the business.
Occupancy on board has been reduced from 36 people to 18 to ensure social distancing with tickets of two or four people being sold. The bus can also be booked out exclusively for special events.
Staff wear masks at all times and hand sanitiser units have been installed as well as a hand washing unit with increased cleaning and disinfecting both between trips and during each trip.
“We’re lucky that with the vintage bus having the open platform there’s always fresh air being circulated throughout the bus. The most important thing for us was that people felt safe and relaxed in their family or friend pod and that while on board they could forget, even if only for a little while, about what was going on in the outside world,” Ms Nixon said.
She said that she cannot wait to return to Cork for the third time after the buses second trip to Cork was squeezed in just before closure due to the virus back in February and said “Covid or no Covid, we had to keep that promise”.
“There’s a real love of tea in Cork – I mean it is the home of Barrys. The people of Cork are absolutely hilarious. We spend each trip laughing and sharing stories with everyone. Like in Dublin we always say that you don’t have to be on your best behaviour that this is afternoon tea the Irish way.
“The craic that everyone has waving at people on the South Mall or on Patrick's Street is just brilliant and the laughs are infectious,” she said, The bus will make its return to Leeside on the weekend of Friday October 9 to Sunday October 11 with trips running at 11am, 1.15pm and 3.30pm each day.