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WIN An Overnight Stay For Two At Kilkea Castle!

For the first day of our all-new advent calendar, we have an amazing prize to give away. This competition is now closed.


On the first day of Christmas, FOOD AND WINE gave to me...

Today, December 1st, marks the first day of the FOOD AND WINE Advent Calendar 2019 and we are starting out with an absolutely stunning prize. Our first prize is a luxurious overnight stay for two at Kilkea Castle in County Kildare, where guests will be treated to a dining experience with wine in 1180, the castle's fine dining restaurant, accommodation in a gorgeous castle or carriage room and breakfast the next morning. What's more, the generous team at Kilkea Castle have also given us a €200 voucher for you to use at the castle's brand new spa! 

Read on to find out more about this gorgeous location and how you could be in with a chance to win this gorgeous prize, which is worth over €800.

Kilkea Castle
Kilkea Castle

Restaurant 1180

With an illustrious history dating back as far as 1180, Kilkea Castle is known for its 12th century-style building, its welcoming staff and its gorgeous restaurant. Helmed by chef David McKane, who previously worked at Adare Manor, Ballyfin Demense and Lyrath Estate, Restaurant 1180 staunchly supports Irish produce, so expect to see favourites like Duncannon Smokehouse Salmon, Kildare Farm Sausages and Young Buck Cheese widely utilised in David's menus. 

David and his team are currently working on a full garden project for 2020 where they will install a series of raised beds that will grow signature produce to be used in the restaurant's signature dishes.

As well as Restaurant 1180, the Castle offers a wide range of dining options, including afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, Sunday lunch at Hermione's Restaurant, informal dining at The Bistro and much more. Click here to see the full range of dining options available at Kilkea Castle.

READ MORE: The 2019 FOOD AND WINE Advent Calendar

The Spa At Kilkea Castle

Following a recent €2 million rejuvenation, The Spa at Kilkea Castle is one of the most enjoyable in the country. With five relaxing treatment rooms, including a spacious couples’ suite, as well as a thermal suite featuring a custom-built hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, the team at The Spa pride themselves on delivering luxurious personalised treatments, using ELEMIS, the world’s premier spa and skincare brand.

There is a range of bespoke treatments available at The Spa including facials, hot stone massages, salt scrubs, detox wraps and more, all of which are sure to relax and revitalise you. We think it will be very difficult for the winner to decide how to use their voucher!

The Spa has a range of great offers available now, so even if you don't win our amazing prize, you can still treat yourself to a bit of luxury. The special offers include:

  • Book a treatment in the Spa at Kilkea Castle and enjoy a second treatment for 20% off. Must be used the same day and only valid midweek.
  • Purchase 5 Elemis Biotec treatments and enjoy your sixth treatment free.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay at Kilkea Castle and get 15 % off spa treatments during your stay. Valid midweek only.

READ MORE: The Journey Of Cheese From Farm To Cheesemaker

The Spa at Kilkea Castle.
The Spa at Kilkea Castle.

How To Win

To be in with a chance to win the very first prize in our 2019 Advent Calendar, simply answer the following question and submit the form below. Terms and conditions apply, please read below. Good luck!

Q: Name the head chef at Restaurant 1180.

Ts & Cs: Competition closes midnight on Sunday, December 7th 2019. One entry per person. Entrants must be 18 years old or over. Prize cannot be used between June 1st and September 1st 2020. Based on availability. Valid for one year from 1st December 2019This prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferrable.


Make sure to check back in with us tomorrow to see what else we'll be giving away as part of our 2019 Advent Calendar!