Calendar of Events

  • Taste of Armagh - The Orchard County
    at Newforge House

    20/09/2019 - 21/09/2019

    This Autumn Newforge House are celebrating Armagh's Food & Cider Festival by offering a special 6-course tasting menu that showcases the very best of local produce.  The menu will place emphasis on the Armagh Bramley Apples and Cider. Start the evening with Appletini cocktails and canapés on arrival and relax in the comfortable surroundings of this magnificent 5 star Georgian property

    This tasting menu is part of a one-night break during which guests will have the opportunity to visit our kitchen garden and orchard where some of the Ingredients used to create each dish are grown.  Diners can also purchase drinks which have been paired to each dish, including local craft beers and ciders.

    20th of September 2019

  • Harvest Fayre
    at Castle Grove Country House

    28/09/2019 - 28/09/2019

    As part of their 30th year in business celebrations, on the 28th of September Castle Grove Country House are launching the Castle Grove Harvest Food Festival in association with Taste the Island. This also marks the five-year restoration of the Castle Grove Heritage Walled Garden.

    This fun-filled family day will be a celebration of Donegal foods and will include an oyster bar, seafood station, and grills with local beef and chicken. Castle Grove will showcase all the produce from their Walled Garden using new and old-world techniques, with a selection of baked goods, both sweet and savoury, including chutneys, pickled vegetables, preserves and much more.

    They are also serving their very own heritage apple "Original Cider" and have favourites such as their much-loved Castle Grove Strawberry Gin and renowned local Donegal Kinnegar beer.

    The event will take place on September 28th, from 12 pm to 6 pm at Castle Grove Country House Hotel, and best of all, admission is free!

    Contact Castle Grove Country House on 074 91 51118 for more information.


  • Harvest Lunch and Walled Garden Tour
    at Longueville House

    29/09/2019 - 29/09/2019

    To coincide with the annual harvest of the walled garden, Longueville House marks this special occasion by hosting a Harvest Lunch & Walled Garden walk talk & taste tour. With the guidance of William O’Callaghan, owner, and Longueville’s Head Gardener, Anthony Hartnett, you will discover the pleasure and excitement of growing your own fruit & vegetables, followed by a stroll through our extensive orchards, cider mill and on-site brandy distillery.

    After the tour, back in the House, an autumnal cider cocktail will greet you in the drawing-room. William and head Chef, James Cullinane, will prepare a special lunch which includes what is in season, freshly harvested and picked from our Walled Kitchen Garden and Estate all washed down with lashings of Longueville House Cider. A fun and educational day for all concerned. 


    Sunday, September 29th at 11:30 am

    Price per Adult: 

    €69 includes Walled Garden walk, talk, tour, tastings and luncheon with cocktail, ciders & apple brandy

    For more information and bookings contact Longueville House directly on 022 47156


  • Chef Table Experience
    at Mount Juliet Estate

    04/10/2019 - 04/10/2019

    On Friday 4th of October, Ken Harker, Executive Chef of Mount Juliet Estate, will host a pop up restaurant in The Stables at Mount Juliet, as part of Taste the Island. The Pop Up Restaurant will be a casual, modern and engaging dining experience where the kitchen will be in the centre of the restaurant. Diners will get a Chefs Table dining experience and watch their courses being prepared by Ken and his team in a relaxed, laid back atmosphere.

    Ken Harker will use local Kilkenny ingredients to create a bespoke secret menu that will be revealed on the night which will range of dishes that will be sharing and individually plated. Diners will arrive from 6.30pm and enjoy a welcome drink while they watch the Chef set up and prepare their menu. Drinks on the evening will be a unique menu of cocktails mixed by a mixologist on the night. All spirits and beers will be locally sourced from Kilkenny. 

    This casual banquet offered its guests a totally unique dining experience, as music and food come together to create an amazing event with distinctive dishes all prepared by Ken and his team.

    Date: Friday 4th October 2019

    Time: 6.30pm

    Price: €65 plus booking fee guests can get tickets here.

  • 18th Annual Mushroom Hunt
    at Longueville House

    13/10/2019 - 13/10/2019

    Don your boots and wellies and hike around the estate in search of edible mushrooms varieties home grown right on the Longueville Estate. With the guidance of Longueville's very own mushroom experts Maria Cullen and Jim Fraser, you can discover the pleasure of this exciting sport here at Longueville House. Afterwards Chef/Proprietor William O’Callaghan along with his team will prepare and cook for you a banquet of autumn mushrooms from the day’s harvest. A fun day out for all & ideal for beginners. Please note that mushroom hunts take place in all sorts of weather so are rarely cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Price: €85 per adult including coffee and cookies on arrival, the mushroom hunt and luncheon with wine

    €25 including milk and cookies on arrival, the mushroom hunt, kids luncheon with farm-pressed apple juice

    For more information visit the Longueville House website or call the house directly on +353 224 7156

  • Taste of Coopershill Farm and Gardens
    at Coopershill House

    10/10/2019 - 10/10/2019

    This October will see a celebration of the fabulous produce of Coopershill House, including venison from the field and vegetables from the organic kitchen garden.
    For pescatarians there will be a fish option from Sligo’s wild atlantic waters.  

    Dinner, bed and breakfast on Thursday 10 October from €338 Total Stay

  • Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea
    at Butler House

    25/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

    This October Bank Holiday Weekend, as part of Taste the Island and the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, Butler House will be hosting a very special ‘Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Experience’. Enjoy the historic setting of Butler House with the splendour of the large bay windows, original, plastered ceilings, crisp white linen, castle views, and the finest locally sourced food. Head Chef Gerard Dunne and his team have created a decadent 1920s inspired menu filled with sweet and savoury delights, along with a choice of 16 bespoke teas and coffees, or a glass of Prosecco for an extra special treat!

    Dates: October 25th to 27th

    Price: €32 per person

    Call Butler House directly on 056 772 2828

  • Taste of our Pastures Celebration Night
    at Newforge House

    26/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

    In October, Newforge House celebrate the riches our lush pastures provide, from the fullest flavoured meats to the creamiest milk, butter and cheeses. Our six-course tasting menu will showcase amazing local meat and dairy alongside home-grown and local vegetables. For example, meats from one of the country’s best butchers; Hannan Meats, Moira. Peter Hannan developed Europe’s first Himalayan salt chamber in which he dry-ages grass-fed beef such as Glenarm Shorthorn from County Antrim. Newfroge's one-night ‘Taste of our Pastures’ break on Saturday 26th October includes: One night’s Bed & Breakfast Tea/coffee & homemade bakes on arrival 6-Course Meat Tasting Dinner Menu.

  • Real Cider Making and Harvest Lunch
    at Longueville House

    27/10/2019 - 03/11/2019

    To coincide with the apple harvest, Longueville House marks this special occasion by hosting a Real Cider Making walk, talk & tour of the cider house and on-site distillery. Learn the ancient art of cider making followed by traditional Sunday Lunch.

    During a stroll through the orchards, the group will talk all things apples (history, origins, varieties, etc.), helping participants to understand the major differences between small batch, real ciders and mass produced commercial ciders. In the cider mill, you will see the apples being pressed.

    After the tour, back in the House an autumnal hot cider will greet you in the drawing room. William and head Chef, James Cullinane, will prepare a special lunch which includes what is in season, freshly harvested and picked from the Walled Kitchen Garden and Estate all washed down with lashings of Longueville House Cider - real treat for all cider enthusiasts.


    Sunday October 27th at 11:30am
    Sunday, November 3rd at 11:30am


    Adult: €69 includes walled garden walk, talk, tour, tastings and 3 course luncheon with cocktail, ciders & apple brandy.
    Child: €25 includes homemade cookies and apple juice, walk, talk and tour, 3 course kids lunch.

    For more information call Longueville House directly on 022 47156

  • Taste of Our Waters Celebration Night
    at Newforge House

    15/10/2019 - 16/10/2019

    This November Newforge will celebrate the produce from their wonderful surrounding waters. Ulster is not only surrounded on three sides by open seas, but is home to Britain’s largest freshwater lake – Lough Neagh – and a vast network of rivers and lakes which provide bountiful fish. We have created a six course tasting menu which will showcase local freshwater fish, sea fish and seafood alongside home-grown and local vegetables. Our one-night ‘Taste of Our Waters’ break on Friday 15th October includes:

    One night’s Bed & Breakfast Tea/coffee & homemade bakes on arrival 6-Course Fish & Seafood Tasting Dinner Menu from £250 Total Stay

  • The Burren in Winter
    at Gregans Castle

    21/11/2019 - 21/11/2019

    Don’t miss Gregans Long Table Dinner on the 21st of November. The theme of the evening will be the “Burren in Winter” with the dishes served reflecting this – all prepared using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients and produce.

    Delicious food, drinks, music and conversation, all within the warmth of Gregans Castle Hotel.

    The evening will commence at 7:00pm on the 21st of November. Contact Gregans Castle directly  on 065 707 7005 for more information and bookings.

  • Game Dinner
    at Longueville House

    22/11/2019 - 22/11/2019

     As part of Taste the Island, Longueville House invites you to join them for their Annual Game Dinner - a special evening of game and wine. using the finest seasonal produce from the Longueville House Estate.

    The evening will begin with a welcome drinks reception in Longueville's Drawing room. Dinner is served at 8 pm, and afterwards, guests can retire to the drawing-room and enjoy a Longueville House Apple Brandy in front of the fire. 

    This event is priced at €85 per person or €125 with wine pairing.

    For more information or to make a booking, call Longueville House directly on 022 47156

  • Autumn Game Sunday Lunch
    at Marlfield House

    24/11/2019 - 24/11/2019

    Marlfield House will host an Autumn Game Lunch on Sunday 24th November in the elegant Conservatory Dining Room. Marlfield has long been regarded as one of the most celebrated country house hotels in Ireland and is synonymous with fine dining.

    As a Relais et Chateaux and Blue Book house Marlfield is a beautifully restored house and culinary destination. The classical cooking showcases the finest local and seasonal ingredients and on this occasion the menu will be entirely dedicated to wild Irish game from the area. Surrounded by sparkling silver and flowers and overlooking the manicured lawns, lunch in the Conservatory Dining room is a classical experience steeped in elegance.

    The Sunday lunch menu will pay homage to the abundance of wild Irish game to be found in the south east and an esteemed speaker will talk about game and how best to cook it, where is it found in Wexford and Wicklow and recommend wine pairings. Our fine dining heritage has given us decades of experience pairing wines .

    Date: Sunday, November 24th at 12pm
    Price: €85 per person including pre lunch reception and wine pairings.

    Call Marlfield House directly on 053 9421124 for more information and for bookings. 

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