We’re booking in for a CALLIGRAPHY CLASS at BALLYNAHINCH CASTLE, having dinner at The Grill in LYRATH ESTATE and heading to the cinema to see PHANTOM THREAD …
WHAT: We’re looking forward to learning more about pointed pen calligraphy in a workshop at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel on Saturday, February 3. The class will cover how to use a dip pen and ink, create foundation strokes, upper and lower case alphabets, word formation, and simple flourishing. The teacher is Cheltenham-based Ofe Oyasor of Ollie’s Studio, who runs her own bespoke design and calligraphy studio, specialising in weddings. The four-hour workshop, calligraphy starter kit with all the supplies needed for the class, and afternoon tea costs €85, with an overnight stay for €160; www.ballynahinch-castle.com.
WHY: There’s a good chance we’ll be first in the queue to watch Phantom Thread this weekend, starring Daniel Day Lewis as designer Charles James. And if the cold weather continues we might also check out the four day Subtitle Film Festival at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire from Thursday February 1 – Sunday 4. This is the festival’s inaugural year, with a total of 15 European films; some old, some new and some comedy classics. With a total of 15 films, there’s something for all tastes. Tickets are available from the box office (01) 2312929; www.paviliontheatre.ie.
WHERE: To Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny which is becoming a foodie destination. Visitors are spoilt for choice with its fine dining Yew Restaurant, the elegant Tupper’s Bar and The Atrium famous for Afternoon tea overlooking the estate’s lake. The Grill, overlooking the hotel gardens and fountain, has just opened with signature dishes including The Tomahawk Steak, The Naked Burger and fresh lobsters. The menu is designed by head chef Fergal Phelan who explains, “We want people to feel they are part of our foodie experience. Guests can pick their own cut of meat, decide how they want it cooked and even pick out their own lobster from the tank. We also have an open kitchen so once you’ve ordered you can sit back and watch us get to work. It’s a fun experience!” To book, call 056 7760088; www.lyrath.com.
HOW: A new Glossybox Special Edition has just dropped and it sounds like just the pick-me-up we need after surviving January. The “Galentine’s Day” box is worth a total value of £87.64, for five products including an eye palette from Sleek, a fixing spray from Studio 10 and a lip and cheek tint from US brand Steve Laurant. With a focus on cosmetics and a glossy attitude, we’ll be placing an order. Available from February 1, it costs €14; www.glossybox.ie.
WHO: Coeliacs will be glad to hear that Peroni Gluten Free Restaurant Week takes place at select venues around the country next week (Monday February 5 – Sunday 11). Each participating restaurant has created a special gluten free Italian dish, which will be on the menu all week and served with a complimentary bottle of Peroni gluten free beer. Dublin restaurants taking part include Coppinger Row, The Exchequer, Sophie’s at The Dean, Angelina’s, Roberta’s, Lemon & Duke and The Bridge 1859. In Cork, Electric will be taking part with a mouth-watering dish of monkfish wrapped in Parma ham and in Belfast, Coppi will be adding a Calabrese sausage risotto to their menu. For information on Peroni Gluten Free Restaurant Week visit www.thehouseofperoni.com.
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