Jamaica Inn

Why do we have Easter Eggs ?


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Here at Jamaica Inn we love Easter. It signifies the ending of the dark days of winter, and we look forward to the first burst of spring colour. Crocus and daffodils blooming and lambs being born. It's also a time to enjoy the beautiful walks around us and relax with a fine wine and a perfect meal. Children to be happy and care free.

Easter is a wonderful time here at Jamaica Inn.

Here's a little history about the loved Easter egg.

Eggs are a forbidden food during Lent, making them a welcome return to the menu on Easter Day.

Do you know why we give eggs at Easter?

Easter is a Christian festival. For Christians the custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. They believe that, through his resurrection, Jesus defeated death and sin and offers people the promise of eternal life if they follow his teachings.

What were the first Easter eggs like?

The first eggs given at Easter were bird’s eggs. These eggs were painted in bright colours to give them further meaning as a gift. We still paint bird eggs today but usually only chicken eggs.

An Anglo-Saxon legend - the Easter bunny and eggs

An Anglo-Saxon legend tells how the Saxon goddess Eostre found a wounded bird and transformed it into a hare, so that it could survive the Winter. The hare found it could lay eggs, so it decorated these each Spring and left them as offering to the goddess.

We really look forward to welcoming you to Jamaica Inn over the Easter holidays and don't forget that dogs are welcome too!

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Opening time... Jamaica Inn is open from 7.30am, when breakfast is served to hotel guests and visitors, right through to midnight with dinner being served up to 9pm. The Museum is open from 8am to 9pm throughout the year and the Gift Shop and Farm Shop are open every day with times varying.

Food & Drink
  • Breakfast: 7.30am – 11am
  • Lunch: midday – 3pm
  • Dinner: 5pm – 9pm
  • Cream Teas & Light Bites are served throughout the day

Farm Shop
  • open every day (times may vary)
Bars
  • 10am – midnight (Monday – Saturday)
  • midday – 10.30pm (Sunday)

Museum
  • 8am – 9pm throughout the year
Where to find us...
High on Bodmin Moor by the A30 about midway between Launceston and Bodmin – see the brown tourist signs.

Tel: +44 (0) 1566 86250
Email: enquiry@JamaicaInn.co.uk
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