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9 Top Tips for Planning a Perfect Christmas Dinner - from Sallyanne Clarke


9 Top Tips for a Planning Perfect Christmas Dinner - from Sallyanne Clarke

Food and Drink

The Perfect Wine Pairing for Christmas Dinner


Every year, we find ourselves asking the same question: what is the perfect wine pairing for Christmas dinner? And the answer varies, based on what you’re cooking and indeed who you ask. For most people, Christmas is just not Christmas without turkey, and because it is not powerfully flavoured and has a low fat content, it generally pairs best with white wines, and if a light red is preferred, it should be low in tannin.

Recipes

Ballymaloe's Sticky Toffee Pudding


A delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe from Ballymaloe House

Food and Drink

Christmas presents for food lovers


When it comes to Christmas presents for food lovers, there are so many options, from artisan smoked Irish salmon to Michelin starred meals and cookery courses.

Recipes

Sugar & Spice.....Festive Cocktails Recipes


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so get into the festive cheer with these Christmas Cocktails.

Food and Drink

6 Festive Afternoon Teas


Throughout December, enjoy some seasonal favourites and joyful treats with there delectable festive afternoon teas in Blue Book Houses

Food and Drink

Dining in Dublin over the festive season


The finest private dining rooms, for private meetings, to season’s greetings.

Food and Drink

Ireland is your Oyster


The first of the native Irish oysters are appearing on menus around the country, and are being served in the Blue Book Houses

Food and Drink

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

3 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Autumn


Colourful and tasty pumpkin recipes, perfect for autumn

Food and Drink

A little bit of pre theatre drama...


Pre-Theatre Menus from our Blue Book restaurants

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Bee Our Guest...5 Blue Book Houses that can Boast their own Bee-Hives


5 Blue Book Houses with their very own bees

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

Kevin Dundon's Wild Forest Mushroom Chowder


A Wonderful Winter Warmer from Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House - Wild Forest Mushroom Chowder

Recipes

Four Fabulous, Fresh Fruit Recipes for Summer from Ballymaloe House


Light and fruity dessert recipes perfect for summer

Plan Your Trip

10 Great Places to Dine Alfresco in Ireland


The best part about the sunny weather, is the opportunity for outdoor dining.

Food and Drink

Fresh Air, Facials and Cookery Classes at Dunbrody Country House Hotel


Escape to Dunbrody Country House Hotel in County Wexford for a Wellness Weekend

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

Wild Garlic Pesto from Currarevagh House


Recipe for Wild Garlic Pesto from Currarevagh House

Recipes

Carpaccio of Wild Salmon with Wild Garlic Beurre Blanc


Carpaccio of Wild Salmon with Wild Garlic Beurre Blanc Recipe from Hilton Park Hotel

Plan Your Trip

Dining in Dublin


For those of you seeking a truly memorable dining experience, why not visit one of Dublin’s top restaurants. Whether it’s for a celebration, a quiet business meeting or simply a chance to indulge in great food, these five luxurious venues provide the perfect setting.

Recipes

Irish Lamb Navarin from Virginia Park Lodge


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

Romance

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


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

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

Chocolate Irish Black Stout Cake from Newforge House


Chocolate Irish Black Stout Cake from Newforge House

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