Coast Road, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Fun fact: Steven Spielberg stopped off in Shannon Airport when he was en route to Prince Albert of Monaco’s wedding just so he could go up to the Tea Rooms in Ballyvaughan and have their baked cherry cheesecake. I would personally stop for their lemon meringue pie but different strokes for different folks.
What has it got?
Seating: The tables all have moveable chairs here and the majority of them are tall enough to fit a wheelchair. Some of the tables are lower.
Doors: I had no problems with the front door here.
Ground: That beautiful Burren limestone flooring lyeth here.
Stairs: There is a ramp at the front door which is at the perfect angle. There is one step out to the conservatory area and there is another step out to the garden area. However, you can get to a seated area outside if you go around the side of the Tea Rooms.
Bathrooms: Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair bathroom here.
Spaciousness: There is plenty of room in the main area of the Tea Rooms. The conservatory could be a little tight though.
Helpfulness of Staff: The staff are very chatty and helpful here.
Parking: There is no specific wheelchair parking spot for here but there is a lot of parking available along the harbour.
Why did it lose points? The Tea Rooms unfortunately lost two and a half points because they have no wheelchair bathroom and when it comes to drinking tea, you will definitely need the bathroom. Please don’t let you put that off visiting because the Tea Rooms (and their gardens) are so beautiful