Bewley’s Grafton Street

Bewley’s is an Irish hot beverage company, located in Dublin and founded in 1840, which operates internationally. Its primary business operations are the production of tea, coffee and the operations of cafés. Bewley’s has operations in Ireland, the UK and the United States.

The Bewley family were Quakers who originated in Cumberland and moved to Ireland in the 17th century. They entered the tea trade, and in 1835, Samuel Bewley and his son Charles landed 2,099 chests of tea shipped from Canton in China. The Bewley family subsequently expanded into the coffee trade and in the late 19th century, they opened cafes in South Great George’s Street in 1894, and Westmoreland Street in 1896. The flagship Grafton Street café, sometimes described as a “Dublin landmark, was opened by Ernest Bewley in 1927.

The Grafton Street building had once housed Whyte’s Academy, a school whose pupils included the Duke of Wellington and Robert Emmet. I had the pleasure of been commissioned to photograph this iconic building after one of its major renovations -.For this blog i have resurrected some of the images from this shoot – Thank you for visiting and enjoy !