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The Island's Seasonal Tastes with Ireland's Blue Book


Tastes of the season around Irelands Blue Book Houses

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13 Divine Tasting Menus


Always have trouble picking what to order at a restaurant? The best thing about tasting menus (usually consisting of 6 to 8 courses) is that you aren’t limited to one or two dishes, you can completely immerse yourself in the individual restaurant’s menu, enjoying multiple small courses specially chosen by the Head Chef. Find all of the tasting menus Ireland's Blue Book has to offer below...

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Looking Forward to... August with Ireland's Blue Book


Celebrate summer with 5 fantastic things to see and do around the island of Ireland this August

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Keeping it Local


The Irish food scene is emerging, with a new initiative – “Taste the Island” recently announced by Fáilte Ireland, and so we have put together a list of 3 Blue Book houses who ‘keep it local’ and source their ingredients onsite and locally.

Recipes

Spiced Bramley Apple Chutney from Newforge House


Spiced Bramley Apple Chutney Recipe from Newforge House

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Rise and Shine - The Best of Blue Book Breakfasts


Who doesn't love a hotel or country house breakfast - here, we've put together 8 of the best

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Viewmount House - Winning Egg Recipe


Viewmount House were Leinster winners in the Bord Bia "Eggs for Any Time" Chef Competition with their Six-Minute Egg and Jerusalem Artichoke Recipe

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8 Last Minute Bank Holiday Breaks from Ireland’s Blue Book


Last minute breaks and escapes for the August Bank Holiday

Recipes

Dark Chocolate Pots with Berry and Nut Crumble from Dunbrody House


Dark Chocolate Pots with Berry and Nut Crumble from Dunbrody House

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Scallops with Cauliflower and Hazelnut Pureé, topped with Caviar from Dunbrody House


Scallops with Cauliflower and Hazelnut Pureé, topped with Caviar

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5 Fantastic Events where you can Taste the Island


5 Fantastic Events where you can Taste the Island

Recipes

Lemon Posset, Poached Newforge Rhubarb and Pistachio & Orange Biscuits (Gluten Free) from Newforge House


A Gluten Free recipe for Lemon Posset, Poached Newforge Rhubarb and Pistachio & Orange Biscuits, from Newforge House

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Wild Garlic Pesto from Currarevagh House


Recipe for Wild Garlic Pesto from Currarevagh House

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Four Fabulous, Fresh Fruit Recipes for Summer from Ballymaloe House


Light and fruity dessert recipes perfect for summer

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Longueville’s Award-Winning Cider and Walnut Brown Bread


A recipe for Longueville House's award winning Cider and Walnut Bread - winner of Best Bread at the 2019 Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards

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4 Sumptuous Spring Lamb Recipes from Ireland's Blue Book


Three delicious spring lamb recipes for Easter from the chefs of Ireland's Blue Book

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7 Traditional Irish Recipes


Traditional Irish recipes from our country houses

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6 Sizzling Summer Offers for a quick Staycation


Looking for a quick summer staycation - we've picked out 6 of the best specials

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Traditional White Soda Bread from Ballymaloe House


Rosemary & Raisin Soda Bread from Ballymaloe

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Recipe: Traditional Irish Stew


Traditional Irish Stew Recipe from Chef Gerard Dunne, Butler House

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Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse


Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse

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Viva la Vegan – 7 Places to Dine on Delicious Vegan Dishes


For foodies living a vegan lifestyle - these vegan options from Ireland's Blue Book are sure to hit the mark

Food and Drink

Pop! Fizz! Clink! - 6 Afternoon Teas with a bit of extra Sparkle


6 Sparkling Afternoon tea around the island of Ireland

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Game On


As the evenings, dare we mention it, get a bit shorter, the colder months have their compensations. Although we may complain about the weather, the punctuation of four distinct seasons means that things never get monotonous. And when it comes to food, one of the things that really heralds the warming dishes of the cooler months is the start of the game season.

Recipes

Connemara Lamb


Connemara Lamb marinated in port and honey, with a tomato and mint chutney

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