IN PARTNERSHIP WITH IRELAND’S BLUE BOOK
Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or are searching for the perfect date-night location, these three tempting restaurants from Ireland’s Blue Book will definitely impress on any romantic occasion …
Glover’s Alley by Andy McFadden, Co Dublin
An impeccable location, Instagrammable interiors and innovative menus combine in this Michelin-star restaurant which overlooks St Stephen’s Green and is named in honour of the city’s glove makers, who once occupied the neighbouring alley.
The 1930s-inspired room, decorated in blush pink and green tones with gorgeous flowers, dazzles and delights as does Andy McFadden’s cooking, which fuses Irish produce and French flair. As one of the newest members of Ireland’s Blue Book, this will surely impress any date.
The Pullman Restaurant at Glenlo Abbey, Co Galway
For those who want something truly unique, The Pullman Restaurant offers a journey back in time. It comprises two original carriages from the Orient Express, beautifully restored, one of which, Leona, dates from 1927 and featured in the 1974 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’ Murder on the Orient Express staring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Sean Connery. Guests are guaranteed cinematic views overlooking Glenlo Abbey Estate and Lough Corrib, all while dining in truly regal style.
Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Estate, Co Kilkenny
For a mix of modernity and tradition, The Lady Helen Michelin star restaurant is a favourite location for special occasions. Central to its success is chef John Kelly who offers guests an elegant and contemporary Irish dining experience. Also integral to the restaurant’s success is restaurant manager, Aga Kubinska, who ensures the service pays homage to the tradition of entertaining for which former chatelaine of Mount Juliet, Lady Helen McCalmont, was renowned.
A serene ambiance, crisp linens, fresh posies on the table and immaculately dressed staff all add to the experience. In addition, a magnificent wine cellar, which includes more than 130 wines and champagnes from small-batch organic vineyards to iconic Old-World classics, makes this restaurant a magnet for gourmets and wine lovers.
Need to Know: Ireland’s Blue Book gift vouchers can be used in any of the 65 hotels and restaurants. For more information visit www.irelandsbluebook.com.