My inner puritan didn’t like one of the playgrounds at the new Center Parcs in Longford. (Just so you know, ourselves and the kids got a two-night stay for free, which is a bit of a laugh because I’m about as influential as Theresa May.)
Wed, 14 Aug, 2019
I apologise in advance for this column as there is considerable decadence ahead. I was lucky enough to visit Adare Manor for one of their prized wine evenings recently, the good news however is that these evenings are open to anyone for approximately €75 to €85 per person — excellent value given the wines being served.
Fri, 22 Mar, 2019
This week I want to focus on the wines of the Languedoc which covers a vast area of vineyards growing both varietal wines to suit international tastes but also quirky local wines unique to the region. The terrain here can vary from wild rocky garrigue to Mediterranean to more Atlantic.
Fri, 15 Mar, 2019
Growing up in the midlands in the 1970s there was not a lot of wine consumed in our house except at Christmas or when the English cousins arrived in the summer — it was usually Blue Nun. However, my dad did occasionally buy red wine and that was almost always Rioja, a byword for quality then, as now.
Sat, 01 Dec, 2018
The Menu has long been a supporter and advocate for any form of community food co-operative enterprises so was delighted to hear of the recent official opening of Limerick’s Urban Co-Op’s new premises at Eastway Business Park.
Sat, 06 Oct, 2018
This column has been extolling the virtues of Beaujolais for a couple of years now and I’m pleased to see that I am not alone as in volume terms Beaujolais sales were up 76% in 2017 and in value terms up over 95%.
Sat, 07 Jul, 2018
I WAS called a hipster recently — I think it was my pointy shoes with the red laces. I actually took it as a compliment despite the fact that I can’t be a hipster now that I’m in my late 40s, that sobriquet is only for the young. Dublin has many hipster hangouts but hipster central has to be the Bernard Shaw pub in Portobello — they even sell PBR (Google it along with the word ‘Hipster’).
Sat, 05 May, 2018
I wondered as I listened to a licenced vintner spokesman advocating that the opening of pubs on Good Friday would be good for everyone, including in his list, tourists, government, and Revenue. Will it be good for the poor unfortunate families of alcoholics, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, who wait in dread of an extra night they must wait in fear of what condition a loved one will appear home from the local pub?
Wed, 31 Jan, 2018