There are so many events taking place this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so we decided that this week’s round-up would be completely love-themed.
With some of the best hotels and restaurants around the country hosting romantic events, as well as some anti-Valentine’s events taking place, there is something for everybody in this round-up. Read on to find out more.
Remembering Romance at Ashford Castle, Mayo
Nothing says romance like an overnight stay in a castle, and, we strongly believe that, if someone is willing to bring you to Ashford Castle for Valentine's, then they're a keeper (trying to play cupid here)!
On Valentine’s evening, guests will dine by candlelight in the magnificent George V Dining Room and enjoy exquisite Irish cuisine prepared with French culinary expertise by the acclaimed Ashford Castle Head Chef Philippe Farineau.
The Ashford Castle Valentine’s Day Package* is priced from €660.00 per room and includes:
- Overnight accommodation in one of the hotel’s beautifully appointed Corrib rooms.
- A dozen red roses and a bottle of champagne in your room on arrival.
- A candlelit evening meal in the acclaimed George V Dining Room.
- A magnificent full Irish breakfast before departing the hotel the following morning.
*Terms and conditions apply of course and you can find all the details and more here.
Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac Menu at Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh
Executive head chef Noel McMeel has certainly created something special for Valentine's Day guests at Lough Erne Resort. A special seven-course tasting menu, priced at £58 per person, is set to make diners feel particularly romantic this Thursday. If you're looking to impress your date even further, opt for the wine pairings for an extra £20.
The menu will be full of locally-sourced aphrodisiacs, including chocolate, red wine and more. To make the day even more special, book in for a one-night escape package, which is priced from £283 per room, complete with chocolate and rose turndown service to inject even more romance into the day. For more visit: www.lougherneresort.com
The ‘Together Special’ at Dromoland Castle, Clare
Dromoland Castle is the ideal spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. With gorgeous views of the Clare countryside, a golf course, fine dining and more, there is something to please every guest. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the hotel is offering a romantic ‘Together Special’ which includes an overnight stay, Champagne in the cocktail bar, candle-lit dinner in the Earl of Thomond Restaurant and breakfast for just €215 per person sharing. Visit www.dromoland.ie to book.
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Valentine’s Day at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, Wicklow
The award-winning BrookLodge & Macreddin Village in Wicklow has two Valentine’s Day specials available this year: The first is the La Taverna Armeto special, which costs €145 per person sharing. Included in the package is one-night bed and breakfast, dinner in the Southern Italian-themed La Taverna Armeto, a 60-minute rejuvenating organic facial and full use of The Thermal Suite at The Wells Spa. The second offer is similar, however guests will enjoy dinner at The Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant. This package costs €179 per person sharing. Visit the location’s website to book.
The Kraken Black Hearts Event, J.T. Pims, South Great Georges Street
The Kraken Rum is holding the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day event this Wednesday for those that are sick of clichéd romantic events. It’s also perfect for singles that want to protest the very existence of a day devoted entirely to romance. THe event is themed around the heartbreak of the Kraken Widow, who lost her husband to the Kraken sea monster. There will be rum cocktails and delicious food on offer at this event too so to get your hands on tickets follow @KrakenRumIRL on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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Stack A Restaurant at Urban Brewing, CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin
This Valentine’s weekend, there will be a gorgeous Valentine’s Day menu available at Stack A Restaurant in Dublin. For €45 per person, guests will enjoy a romantic Glendalough Rose Gin cocktail on arrival, followed by a three-course meal of locally-sourced ingredients, including venison carpaccio, sea bream, Irish beef and more. Diners will then receive special ‘You + Me’ cocktails following their dessert, which have been designed to complement one another. To book, email the restaurant or check out their website for more details.
Share the Love at Cliff Townhouse and Urchin Bar, Dublin
Cliff Townhouse is giving back to the community this February through its ‘Share the Love’ Valentine’s Day celebration. Also available in its downstairs sister location Urchin Bar, Cliff Townhouse is inviting diner to enjoy its Seafood Platter and a glass of Champagne for €59 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The restaurant will then donate €5 from each platter sold to Focus Ireland to help with homelessness in Ireland. Head to the Cliff Townhouse website for more info.
‘Curl Up & Cuddle’ at Limerick Strand Hotel
This two-night Valentine’s Day special at Limerick Strand Hotel is ideal for couples in the West. For €155 per person sharing, guests can enjoy a special dining experience curated by chef Tom Flavin plus two nights in a luxurious king room. To find out more, click here.
Valentine’s Break at Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny
The luxurious Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny is offering a spectacular package for lovebirds this year. For €232 per person sharing, guests can indulge in dinner created by head chef Kenneth Murphy, two nights bed and breakfast, plus use of the pool and amenities. Click here for more details.
Eight-Course Tasting Menu at The Morgan Hotel, Dublin
The newly refurbished Morgan Hotel on Fleet Street is offering a fabulous eight-course menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. On offer will be Absolut cocktails created by the bar’s expert mixologist, gin cured salmon, smoked duck and whiskey smoked pear. The meal is priced at €65 per person and reservations are essential, so click here for more details.
Valentine’s Day at Glovers Alley, Dublin
Glovers Alley by Andy McFadden, who won Overall Best Chef at our 2018 F&W Awards, is hosting a romantic city centre dining experience for one night only this week. There will be two options available on the 14th: the four-course Valentine’s Day menu, which includes scallops, beef sirloin and more, and a Valentine’s Day Tasting menu, which includes eight courses of stellar Irish produce. For more information or to reserve a table, click here.
Rosé Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Dublin
The five-star InterContinental Dublin is hosting a rosé Champagne afternoon tea all this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Guests can enjoy a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, before indulging in romantic treats created by pastry chef Orna Larkin, including raspberry and milk chocolate millefeuille, basil and strawberry gateau and more. Prices for this afternoon tea start at €55 per person, click here for more information.
Old Fashioned Romance Overnight Package at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway
Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Golf Course in Galway is hosting a gorgeous Valentine’s Day package this week. Including a stay in a luxurious king-sized room, a candlelit dinner aboard the Pullman Restaurant with love-themed desserts and more. Packages start at €160 per person and can be booked here.
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below.