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Charming Country House and Prestigious Dublin Restaurant join Ireland’s Blue Book for 2021


November 2020. Delphi Lodge in Galway and Dax Restaurant in Dublin city centre are the two new properties joining the Ireland’s Blue Book collection of country houses, historic hotels and restaurants for 2021. The new additions bring the total number of properties in the Ireland’s Blue Book collection to 57.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Delphi Lodge, a captivating 1830s Country House Hotel in Galway, is set in stunning Connemara with charming accommodation and food to match. Located in an unspoilt valley, the 1000-acre estate is one of Ireland’s hidden treasures. This beautiful lodge has 13 large, comfortable bedrooms, a large dining room, snooker room and three reception rooms with log fires.

Open since 2004, Dax Restaurant offers unrivalled levels of elegant dining and fine French cuisine in Dublin’s historic Georgian quarter. Head Chef Graham Neville creates modern Irish cuisine using the very finest local produce, delivering an experience of taste and culture that is renowned throughout the Capital and outside Dublin.

Commenting on the inclusion in the collection, Michael Wade, manager of Delphi Lodge, says “Ireland’s Blue Book is a wonderful collection of beautiful historic properties. We are delighted to have our country house join the Association”.

Chairperson Laura Bowe warmly welcomes the new additions, saying “I am delighted to welcome Dax Restaurant and Delphi Lodge to Ireland’s Blue Book. It has been a challenging year for our industry, and I would like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support. I hope they will enjoy getting to know Dax Restaurant, Delphi Lodge and our enticing collection of Blue properties and restaurants nationwide,  in the year to come”.

 About Dax Restaurant

The impressive mix of professional service and delicious food makes Dax a premier destination for corporate entertainment, special occasion, or casual dining. Head Chef Graham Neville with his modern Irish cuisine uses the very finest local produce delivering an experience of taste and culture that is renowned throughout the Irish Capital and outside Dublin. Olivier the Owner invites you to explore this passion for food & wine at Dax Restaurant. Their impressive wine list is well known and will attract all food and wine lovers.

About Delphi Lodge

A delightful 1830s Country House Hotel in Co Galway, in one of the most spectacular settings in Connemara, with charming accommodation, glorious scenery, great food and total tranquillity. Located in a wild and unspoilt valley of extraordinary beauty, the 1000 acre Delphi estate is one of Ireland’s hidden treasures. The historic lodge, surrounded by the tallest mountains in Connemara, overlooks the lakes and rivers of the Delphi valley, famous for their salmon and sea-trout fishing. This beautiful lodge has 13 large, comfortable bedrooms, a large dining room, snooker room and three reception rooms with log fires. On the estate there are 6 beautifully restored, old world country cottages. These all combine to ensure guests a warm, relaxing, and friendly experience throughout their stay.

About Ireland’s Blue Book

Ireland's Blue Book is a unique collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles and Restaurants. Located throughout the island of Ireland, these charming and stylish hideaways are the perfect choice for your romantic escape or weekend retreat. Activities vary from golf, fishing, spas and cookery schools or just relaxing in warm and comfortable surroundings. We have something for everyone.

With a choice of elegant Georgian Manors, Stately Castles, Historic Hotels, Luxury Boutique Hotels and Designer Lodges, there is a property in the collection to suit everyone's tastes and requirements.

 Editors Notes

More about Delphi Lodge

·         Delphi Lodge was built in the 1830’s by the Marquis of Sligo, as a hunting/fishing lodge and is reputed to have named it ‘Delphi’ based on the valley’s alleged similarity to the home of the Oracle in Greece.

·         The holiday cottages, being surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the west of Ireland, are also popular with hill-walkers, artists and those in search of a quiet hideaway. The local wildlife, featuring otters, badgers, pine martens, peregrine falcons and myriad wild flowers, is exceptional.

·         The nearest village, Leenane in Connemara, is 8 miles to the southeast and the small town of Louisburgh is 11 miles to the north. The beautiful Killary Fjord is just two miles away and there are a number of spectacular sandy beaches, some good for surfing, within a short drive of the property.

More about Dax Restaurant

·         The inspiration for Dax is born out of owner Olivier Meisonnave’s love for his Aquitaine home in south west France with its ancient mix of Occitan, Angevin and Basque the region has evolved a florid repertoire of classic, rustic cuisine.

·         A stellar career that has seen Chef Graham Neville reach the top ranks of Irish haute cuisine. He has worked in TRU restaurant and Les Nomades in Chicago, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in Bray, Le Caprice in London, La Pyramide in Lyon plus seven years with Kevin Thornton in his eponymous Dublin Restaurant.

For details on Ireland’s Blue Book please contact:

Sophie Carey| Marketing Executive | Ireland’s Blue Book, 63 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2

T +353 1 6769914 | W: | E:

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