Why not make this Summer your most memorable yet… With weeks left to go until it’s time to pull out our autumn wear, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy some summer activities. Here at Ireland’s Blue Book, we have created THE Summer Bucket list to go by. Making sure your lovely Blue Book memories stay with you, this list will ensure that this summer will be your most memorable yet!
Looking Forward to... August with Ireland's Blue Book
The Blue Book contains beautiful country houses, hotels and restaurants all across Ireland, many set in idyllic scenic surroundings in some of the more rugged and isolated parts of this beautiful island.
Experience the adventure of flying a hawk while taking a leisurely walk through the beautiful grounds of these Blue Book Houses.
The first of the native Irish oysters are appearing on menus around the country, and are being served in the Blue Book Houses
5 Dreamy Things to Do, Drink and Dine on in Dublin
With summer in full swing, why not make the most of this glorious sunshine… Pack up your baskets and dust off those blankets and visit some of these picturesque places for the perfect picnic spot!
Experience a host of festivals and events taking place throughout the island of Ireland from August to November. From events such as the Dublin Horse Show to Electric Picnic, ensure you enjoy the days but also relish the nights by staying locally in the luxurious Blue Book properties dotted around the country.
INDULGE IN ONE OF THE GRANDEST OF TRADITIONS - AFTERNOON TEA – IN A BLUE BOOK COUNTRY HOUSE OR HISTORIC HOTEL.
Another generation adds to the charm of Coopershill House
Summer Specials with Ireland's Blue Book
The best part about the sunny weather, is the opportunity for outdoor dining.
Hardly anyone books a hotel these days without checking it on Trip Advisor first, which is why, when Shelly Stokes heard Castle Durrow had been voted one of the Top 10 Hotel Castles in the World, she celebrated: “Everyone in the dining room got a Prosecco - and I burst into tears!”
Did you know that the Bushmills Inn has its own cinema? Why not do something a little bit different and enjoy small, intimate screenings of some of your favourite films in this exclusive boutique cinema. Package includes a 2-course dinner in the award-winning restaurant, and of course, popcorn.
Discover the beauty of County Clare located in the heart of the west coast of Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way. With breath taking scenery of the Burren landscape, Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head Peninsula, and the bustling towns of Ennis, Kilrush, Lahinch and Lisdoonvarna, there are plenty exciting activities, attractions and festivals to keep you busy. Use this as your ultimate guide to exploring Clare.
Who better to go on holiday with than Man's Best Friend?
Introducing Martina Delaney - Sommelier at l'Ecrivain Restaurant
With Bank Holiday weekends and the promise of an increase in temperatures to look forward to over the coming months, many of us are planning weekend breaks across Ireland – whether it’s a couples retreat or break away with the girls! The trouble with weekend breaks is that, although we’re only away for 2-3 nights, somehow our entire wardrobes seem to come along for the journey! To make packing a little easier, and lighter, we have compiled a list of Weekend Break Style Essentials – your capsule guide designed to take the stress out of packing for your weekend break! Everything is available at the Kilkenny Shop, with 13 stores located nationwide, or you can also shop accessories online at kilkennyshop.com! (Psst – there’s even free delivery on online orders over €40!)
As I sat down to dinner in Gregans Castle, one of Irelands blue book hotels, last evening looking out at the purple hue form the limestone mountain across the valley I noticed the sky beginning to change colour. As each course of my meal was presented the sky went from pink to orange to red before finally succumbing to darkness as my desert arrived.
Sweet and Savoury Pancake Ideas From Some of the Blue Book Houses
Aidan & Joan Mac Manus have earned an international reputation for fresh seafood & hospitality in their harbour side restaurant in the picturesque fishing village of Howth. Chef Patron Aidan MacManus cooks fresh fish which is caught by their own fishermen each morning.
Campagne restaurant in Kilkenny city opened in 2008. The emphasis has been to serve food based on high-quality seasonal produce with French influences in a relaxed and comfortable dining area.
Currarevagh Country House, on the banks of Lough Corrib, in Co. Galway, has an interesting provenance of its own. The property was won in a card game by Hodgson’s great grandfather seven times back. The move came up aces when he went on to discover tin and copper in the area, making his fortune and putting two steamboats on the lake, the Lioness and the Tigress, to ply both goods and passengers. “They also did what people almost always do when they strike it rich, they razed the original house and rebuilt a bigger one, the current house,” said Hodgson.
REGIONAL FINALS OF THE IRISH RESTAURANT AWARDS 2016