Ireland's Blue Book Blog

Food and Drink

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

Plan Your Trip

5 Dreamy Things to Do, Drink and Dine on in Dublin


5 Dreamy Things to Do, Drink and Dine on in Dublin

Food and Drink

Chef Profile - Dervilla O'Flynn, Head Chef at Ballymaloe House


Interview with Dervilla O'Flynn, Head Chef at Ballymaloe House on her favourite ingredients and what she loves about her job

Recipes

Love Potions...


8 Cocktails to 'wow' your loved one this Valentines

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Chef Profile - Lucy Hodgson from Currarevagh House


We meet Lucy Hodgson the Head Chef at Currarevagh House, for a quick chat on her passion for food, food memories and the ingredients she couldn't live without.

Food and Drink

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...

Recipes

Chocolate & Frangelico Tart


This delectable recipe comes from Chef & Owner Chris 'Woody' Woodward of Blairscove House, Co Cork.

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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Hot Chocolate Pudding


A sumptuous Hot Chocolate Dessert recipe from Aherne's Townhouse in Youghal

Food and Drink

Wet Your Whistle


 Whiskey Experiences with Ireland’s Blue Book

Recipes

Hayfield Manor’s Dark Chocolate Brownie


Ingredients 675g Castor Sugar 9 Eggs 400g Unsalted Butter (soft but not melted) 170g Cocoa Powder 225g Cream Flour 500g Melted Dark Chocolate 75g Skinless Hazelnuts 75g White Chocolate Drops

Recipes

Spiced Bramley Apple Chutney from Newforge House


Spiced Bramley Apple Chutney Recipe from Newforge House

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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3 Marvellous Mushroom Recipes from the chefs of Ireland’s Blue Book


Delicious autumn mushrooms from the chefs at Ireland's Blue Book

Food and Drink

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


6 Sparkling Afternoon tea around the island of Ireland

Food and Drink

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

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


Tastes of the season around Irelands Blue Book Houses

Sustainability

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

Beetroot, Blue Cheese, Garden Leaves, Toasted Pistachios and Honey Dressing


Garden Beetroot, Young Buck Blue Cheese, Walled Garden Leaves, Toasted pistachio nuts and Ballymaloe Honey Dressing from Ballymaloe 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

Recipes

Wild Garlic Pesto from Currarevagh House


Recipe for Wild Garlic Pesto from Currarevagh House

Food and Drink

Time for Tea


Indulge in one of the grandest traditions - afternoon tea, in a Blue Book country house or historic hotel

Recipes

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

Recipes

Traditional Irish Stew from Butler House


Traditional Irish Stew Recipe from Chef Gerard Dunne, Butler House

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