Love grub options for Valentine’s Day
The Menu is a lover, not a fighter and ardently believes that on Valentine’s Day the only route map to the heart is via the belly: The Cliff Townhouse have a fine prosecco/sea food/dessert package for €49pp with a horse-drawn carriage ride around Dublin city, but mind you don’t wind up racing rival lovebirds down the dual carriageway (www.theclifftownhouse.com).
A most pleasant soiree d’amour of dining and champers at Brasserie Le Pont followed by live jazz music could be capped off with an embrace at St Valentine’s Shrine around the corner in Dublin’s Whitefriar Church (www.brasserielepont.ie). The River Restaurant in the Limerick Strand Hotel offers prosecco, four-course candle-lit dinner, live music on the Terrace Bar and a farewell gift for €35pp (www.strandhotellimerick.ie).
Those sorely in need of brownie point redemption would do well to spring for a weekend break in the luxurious Sheen Falls Lodge (www.sheenfallslodge.ie) while young sophisticates and old reprobates might fancy taking paramours for a cocktail and nosh-up at Dublin’s uber-spiffy Vintage Cocktail Club (www.vintagecocktailclub.com).
The Menu is especially partial to a jaunting car trek through the Killarney National Park munching on cookies and hot chocolate before repairing back to the Aghadoe Heights hotel for delectable dining and mutual swooning with various packages on offer (www.aghadoeheights.com) while a stunning package of wining, dining, massages and so forth from Inchydoney Lodge & Spa includes a candlelit picnic of champers and salmon on Inchydoney Island Headland (www.inchydoneyisland.com).
Alongside an excellent Valentine’s menu at Rathgar’s wonderful Bijou Bistro, a draw for a five-star weekend break is open to any couple getting engaged there during the entire month of February with a free bottle of champers for those doing the deed over Valentine’s weekend, Thurs-Sat (www.BijouRathgar.ie).
The Menu being very happy with his present wife shall probably steer clear of that one, most especially, if present wife purchases him one of Goatsbridge Trout Farm’s left field V-Day pressies, a voucher for a Food Smoking Workshop and a jar of fine trout caviar (www.goatsbridgetrout.ie). There is ample opportunity for a dry run at the big day (or a chance to miss the mobs) when French chanteuse Caroline Moreau launches her album Amour Toujours in On The Pig’s Back (Feb 8) with a pre-dinner menu from 6pm (www.onthepigsback.com).
And finally, a stroll through the English Market purchasing wondrous foodstuffs for a romantic tete-a-tete back in one’s maison must be capped with a gorgeous Valrhona Hot Chocolate from Cork’s Chocolate Chieftain Niall Daly at The Chocolate Shop (www.chocolate.ie).
The Menu’s progeny have long been fans of Clotilde’s fruit compotes, an addiction any parent should be happy to foster for they are devoid of sugar other than that furnished by nature. But when The Menu added Clotilde’s Apple & Orange, to some of McCarthy’s Natural Dairy wonderful creamy yoghurt, it resulted in such a splendid marriage, he left bairns a-bleating in the corner and scoffed the lot. Facebook/ Clotilde’s Fruit Compote & McCarthysNaturalDairy
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