The Wilds, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

On our way to Monart we decided to stop for lunch nearby in Enniscorthy. A little internet research found The Wilds; it looked perfect. Along with the cafe and deli, The Wilds is also a design and craft store. When we visited at the end of November, The Wilds was only new, and the design…

Harbour Dining at Dockyard No.8, Bray

We find ourselves in in Bray now and again as we have family living there and there’s a few places we like to go for food and drinks. Lately we’ve really enjoyed a couple of visits to Dockyard No.8. With The Harbour Bar right next door for pre / post dinner drinks, it makes for…

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

Galgorm Resort & Spa is set in over 150 acres of green fields and parkland with the River Maine flowing close by the hotel and through the estate. The hotel is an old house to the front, leading to a seamless, more modern extension. There are 122 guestrooms & suites, numerous restaurants and bars, and one of the things…

James Street South, Belfast

While we were in Belfast for the weekend, we had what was probably our best meal at James Street South. It was lunch on Friday. We drove from Dublin that morning, dropped our car and bags into The Merchant and hopped in a cab to James Street South for our 1.30pm lunch reservation.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Belfast

Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been opening in Dublin for what seems like years. I think it is eventually planned to open a branch this year, although ‘sometime in 2016’ isn’t very definite. So in the meantime should you wish to try Five Guys or get your Five Guys fix, take yourself to Belfast,…

Seven Course Tasting Menu at the Lady Helen, Mount Juliet

We spent a lovely few days in Mount Juliet recently. One of the real reasons for going was to finally return to the Lady Helen, we hadn’t been back since it was awarded a Michelin star. We were staying in Mount Juliet on a package that included a seven course tasting menu on one evening. We…

Brunch at The Pigeon House, Delgany

Having visited Firehouse Bakery before, I always meant to return to try the restaurant above it. We finally did it on a recent weekend, a celebratory one at that and enjoyed a delicious brunch and bubbles at The Pigeon House in Delgany.

The Boathouse Bistro, Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

This is the stunning setting of The Boathouse Bistro at Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare. Dromquinna has many strings to its bow…40 acres of waterside parkland planted, a manor house dating from the 1890s, luxury camping (or glamping!), private event and dining space as well as the restaurant, The Boathouse Bistro. The boathouse itself dates from…

Mulcahys Restaurant, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

We spent a few days in Kenmare at the end of August. Our favourite meal of the trip was at Mulcahy’s Restaurant. We enjoyed the most beautiful food, especially the fish, along with great wine. And for our group of 7 we all agreed that Mulcahy’s was a standout dining experience. 

Michelin Star Dining in Campagne, Kilkenny

On a little break in Kilkenny before Easter, we booked dinner for one of the evenings in Campagne. We had been once before to Campagne over a year ago which hadn’t been very successful, primarily our own fault in that we booked a later table and were both suffering with colds, we should have cancelled but we…

D’Unbelievable! Pat Shortts Bar, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork

While staying at Castlemartyr Resort we enjoyed a couple of visits to Pat Shortts Bar in the village of Castlemartyr. During one of the days just for a couple of drinks sitting outside by the water, and on one of the evenings, we stopped by for dinner. Its a cosy traditional style of pub, fireplace, wooden tables…

The Restaurants at Castlemartyr Resort

There are 2 restaurants at Castlemartyr Resort – the fine dining restaurant, The Bell Tower and a casual Italian eatery, Franchini’s. During our stay at Castlemartyr, we dined at Franchini’s twice and The Bell Tower on one occasion. Starting with fine dining, The Bell Tower is located in the old Manor House part of the hotel. The room is…