If you’re an animal lover looking for a fun day out, then you need to book into the afternoon tea bus at this Cork animal sanctuary.
A double-decker bus serving afternoon tea has recently opened its doors to the public at Araglin Animal Sanctuary in County Cork.
If you’re anything like us, that description alone has gotten you excited to plan your next day trip. Delicious treats and cute rescued animals? Sounds like a match made in heaven!
Here’s everything you need to know about the afternoon tea bus at the Cork animal sanctuary.
Annabel’s Bus Top Bistro – an exciting venture
The beautiful 1966 AEC Regent bus that sits onsite at the Cork animal sanctuary is the birthplace of Annabel’s Bus Top Bistro.
The bus is now serving afternoon tea, brunches, and even pizza if you’re in the mood.
While the afternoon tea bus has been a popular draw for the sanctuary’s glamping and Airbnb guests, it is now opening its doors to the public for the first time.
Tours of the animal sanctuary are primarily reserved for overnight guests. However, you may catch a glimpse of some goats or even a rogue pig roaming around the bus.
The food – beautiful food in a beautiful setting
The afternoon tea bus at this Cork animal sanctuary is currently available for bookings for afternoon high tea and BYOB (bring your own booze) brunch on Saturdays.
Booking deposits are required for Saturday bookings, but you won’t be disappointed judging by the photos.
The new venture is the brainchild of mother-daughter team Annabel Boyle and Alice Byron O’Connor.
They have been serving many happy overnight guests in recent years. However, after much preparation and consideration, they are now delighted to be open to the public for bookings.
The bus is also available to rent for private functions. It is also open for food and coffee from Tuesday to Friday. However, bookings must be made ahead of time via WhatsApp or email.
For bookings: WhatsApp: 0892521283 Email: [email protected]
Address: Araglin Animal Sanctuary, Billerough West, Araglin, Co. Cork, P61 Y860
Araglin Animal Sanctuary – providing refuge for two decades
The addition of the afternoon tea bus is a relatively new venture. However, the Cork animal sanctuary has been a safe place for hundreds of animals throughout the years, taking in unwanted and injured creatures.
They provide shelter to various animals, from exotic wolves and wallabies to raccoons, dogs, and even a chatty raven called Francis.
The sanctuary is self-funded and does its best to cater for all animals who need their help. In recent years, the refuge has set up impressive glamping pitches on their site. Thus, assisting them in funding their work for all of their inhabitants.
The family-run refuge currently hosts approximately 80 animals. As a self-funded initiative, these ventures are crucial for getting the much-needed funds to help feed and maintain the animals’ wellbeing.
The sanctuary is not open for public tours. Still, the owners are open to showing their overnight guests around the grounds. You might meet anything from parrots to monkeys.
We’re excited to visit the afternoon tea bus very soon! Book in quick to get some fantastic food while also helping to fund the wellbeing of their adorable animal inhabitants.