The lovely Marie and Dee from Newbridge Silverware very kindly invited Kev and I out to their showroom and factory for what I consider a day of fun. I always seem to visit the showroom this time of the year so I’m quickly learning to associate it with Christmas time. I suppose the fact that they have a corner of their shopfloor dedicated to Christmas all year round may have something to do with it but boy does it make you feel all jolly inside. If you follow me for some time you will know that Kev and I have a bit of a tradition whereby we purchase one or two Newbridge Christmas decorations each year to add to our expanding collection. We currently have 10 years worth of a collection and I love every single piece. My mams friend Noreen was the inspiration behind this tradition as I used to love looking at her Newbridge decorated tree as a child.
As you can see from the picture above Santa and a massive Christmas tree decked out in Newbridge Christmas decorations greet you as you enter the showroom. Marie and Dee who welcomed me with warm hugs kindly brought a small group of us on a guided tour around the museum of style icons and the newly opened factory tour. I have been to the museum before but it was really nice to hear the stories behind each piece and see the newest additions to the collection. The newest exhibition being all about the little black dress. As I don’t want to spoil it for you I just took pictures of two of the iconic dresses. One being an absolutely stunning piece by Dior (as seen on the left hand side of the picture below). Seeing as I was feeling very much in the Christmas spirit, I had to take a snap of the epic Santa suit from Miracle on 34th St.
After the tour of the museum, we were brought downstairs to the entrance of the factory tour. As Newbridge Silverware are very proud of what they produce they have decided to open up their factory doors to the public. In an age were nearly everything is produced in China it is refreshing to see products of this kind still being made in Ireland.
I particularly enjoyed the factory tour as I’m the type of person that enjoys seeing things being made, basically a few scraps of metal being made into something truly beautiful. I am a very practical person so enjoy seeing things for myself. The factory tour is laid out really well bearing in mind it is a fully fledged working factory with staff busy undertaking their daily tasks. One thing that really struck me is how they still incorporate so many traditional methods. I suppose if a certain technique isn’t broken then it doesn’t need fixing. Some of the machinery was also quite archaic but still extremely functional. Machinery back then was made to last unlike some machinery nowadays.
The tour itself wasn’t too long but you got a great understanding of how the factory works plus the history of the factory and business itself. I particularly liked the random pieces of art (made by staff) that adorned the walls of the factory (see picture below). I think the tour appeals to all ages and both adults and children would enjoy it.
After the factory tour we were kindly treated to afternoon tea. All these tours were thirsty work! Newbridge Silverware have just started an afternoon tea service in its Cafe Carleton. Not only are the treats delectable, they are served with Newbridge cutlery and Newbridge delph. I had some serious fantasies about having my own collection of the beautifully decoration floral delph so I could have my own little afternoon tea parties at home. I have dined in the cafe on quite a few occasions and the food, service and staff is always top-notch. I must add that the staff are very accommodating and produce food suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.
I can only say I was on cloud nine after such a wonderful day. To top it all off we were each handed a gift bag that was created specifically to each one of us which I thought was incredibly sweet. I had a little snoop around the showroom and picked up a few pieces as Christmas gifts for a few of my friends. The trouble with everything being so shiny and pretty is that you want it all. There were two particular bangles that I loved the look of but unfortunately they were far too small to even fit over my wrists. So if Newbridge Silverware are reading this please make these bangles in bigger sizes as I’m dying to wear them.
I must say a massive thank you to Marie, Dee and all of the staff in Newbridge Silverware for inviting Kev and I out to their premises and for filling our day with such happiness and fun. Both Marie and Dee know about my health and were incredibly understanding and accommodating. They really looked after me and made me feel so welcomed. We really enjoyed our day and would highly recommend both the tours and afternoon tea. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Museum of style icons admission and ticket prices*
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 4.30pm
Adults – €7
Senior Citizens/Students – €5
Under 12’s – free with a paying adult
Factory tour admission and ticket prices*
Monday – Sunday: 10:30am, 11:30am and 2pm
Adults – €12
Senior Citizens/Students – €10
Under 12’s – free with a paying adult (subject to availability)
Afternoon Tea In Cafe Carleton
Monday – Sunday: 3pm – 4.45pm (excl. Bank Holidays).
Booking is recommended for any dietary requirements. The Cafe can cater to vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs.
Afternoon Tea per person – €20
Sparkling Afternoon Tea (with Prosecco) per person – €27.50
* wheelchair assessable and free parking