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Taste the Island

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


Tastes of the season around Irelands Blue Book Houses

Taste the Island

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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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

Recipes

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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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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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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Recipe: Traditional Irish Stew


Traditional Irish Stew Recipe from Chef Gerard Dunne, Butler House

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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

The Tannery's Lamb Ragu with Rosemary Gnocchi


The Tannery's delicious recipe for Ragu of Lamb and Sticky Onions with Rosemary Gnocchi

Wild Atlantic Way

A Labour of Love….The Moy House Farm


Did you know that Moy House has its own farm and is nearly self-sufficient in its produce?

Recipes

Irish Lamb Navarin from Virginia Park Lodge


A fantastic warming recipe from Virginia Park Lodge - Irish Lamb Navarin

Activities

Turning up the Heat at the Tannery Cookery School


Sharpen your cookery skills at the Tannery Cookery School in Dungarvan

Recipes

Venison Medallions with a Creamy Juniper Sauce from Coopershill House


Venison Medallions with a Creamy Juniper Sauce from Coopershill House

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Laid Back Luxury - Casual Dining with Ireland's Blue Book


Some casual dining options of the Blue Book.

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Wet Your Whistle


 Whiskey Experiences with Ireland’s Blue Book

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Lavish Lobsters at the King Sitric


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.

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