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


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

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

Recipes

5 Sumptuous Spring Lamb Recipes from Ireland's Blue Book


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

Food and Drink

Mother's Day Takeout Options


Treat your Mum to a special takeaway this Mother's Day from Ireland's Blue Book

Recipes

Traditional Irish Stew from Butler House


Traditional Irish Stew Recipe from Chef Gerard Dunne, Butler House

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

Food and Drink

8 Things to do on the coast of Northern Ireland


Things to do on Northern Ireland's coast

Recipes

Love Potions...


8 Cocktails to 'wow' your loved one this Valentines

Recipes

6 Valentine's Day Cocktails to try at Home


Make your at home Valentine’s Day celebrations extra special with these delicious cocktail recipes.

Recipes

Dark Chocolate Pots with Berry and Nut Crumble from Dunbrody House


Dark Chocolate Pots with Berry and Nut Crumble from Dunbrody House

Recipes

Hot Chocolate Pudding


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

Food and Drink

7 Festive Afternoon Teas


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

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

Recipes

8 Delicious Cocktails for Your Next Date Night


8 Delicious Cocktails for Your Next Date Night

Christmas

Gingerbread Christmas Recipe from The Merrion Hotel Dublin


A Gingerbread Recipe from Paul Kelly of The Merrion Hotel

Christmas

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.

Christmas

Festive Foodies


Christmas is a time for gathering with friends and family and enjoying a few creature comforts. Make your festive feast memorable this year with some decadent dining options from the houses of the Blue Book.

Christmas

Christmas Cocktails from Ireland's Blue Book


6 festive cocktails from our mixologists at Blue Book Houses & Restaurants

Recipes

Kevin Dundon's Wild Forest Mushroom Chowder


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

Christmas

Ian Orr’s Top Ten Tips for Christmas Day


Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be very stressful when it comes to serving up a festive feast for the family. Ian Orr, Chef Patron of the Browns Bonds Hill Collection believes it should be about spending quality time with family and friends and indulging with traditional festive fayre. Ian shares his top ten tips for the perfect Christmas dinner

Recipes

Spooky Halloween Cocktails


Celebrate Halloween with these delicious cocktails from some of Ireland's Blue Book properties.

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.

Food and Drink

Irish Halloweeen Barmbrack from Butler House


A delcious Barmbrack recipe from chef Ger Dunne from Butler House, just for Halloween

Christmas

Ian Orr's Christmas Ham and Turkey Recipe


Ian Orr's Christmas Ham and Turkey Recipe

Recipes

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


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

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