In its second year, the Best for Romance category at our FOOD&WINE Awards in association with Nespresso Professional celebrates places around Ireland that provide exceptional romantic dining.
This year’s award, in association with Weir & Sons, was given to Wineport Lodge in County Westmeath. With glorious natural surroundings, crackling open fires and the sparkling waters of Lough Ree, Wineport Lodge provides endless opportunities for romance.
Helping to create treasured memories for guests is all in a day’s work for the hosts at Wineport Lodge, Ray Byrne and Jane English. Known as one of the go-to places for getting down on one knee, Wineport Lodge was originally founded as a restaurant 25 years ago, but it now also features 30 individually designed rooms with uninterrupted views of the lake, as well as a hot tub and spa.
However, its restaurant is the true romantic destination at Wineport Lodge. The restaurant, headed by Ashley Welly, aims to utilise the best of Irish produce, featuring fresh, local vegetables and meat. Here, you are sure to encounter generous, rustic dining, as well as bold flavours. Looking to impress even further? Wineport Lodge also provides a sumptuous Afternoon Tea in the Lakeshore Lounge, with the luxurious small bites and stunning views sure to win over your special someone’s heart.
Speaking to F&W after their recent win, Norma Wilson, general manager of Wineport Lodge, commented:
"We are delighted with our 'Best for Romance' award. It's wonderful recognition for all of our hardworking team who do their utmost to ensure that couples who stay with us or get married with us enjoy their special time together here and make memories to treasure"
A worthy winner, Wineport Lodge is one of the country’s most romantic spots. Knowing that the right ambiance and setting are key to creating a great experience, the team at this destination of love are keen to set the mood for your ultimate romantic dining break.
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