Heading out this weekend? Here are three ideas for new things to eat, from an afternoon tea in Dublin to a slow-cooked beef dish in Louth.
Savoury millefueilles made with crab from Lambay Island, Champagne-infused macarons and a Belgian chocolate Black Forest cake? Yes please.
You’ll find all of the above, and several more treats, on the new Elegant Times afternoon tea menu in The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street in Dublin.
It’s priced from €45, including a glass of prosecco, and a kids version featuring pigs in blankets, and Nutella and banana sandwiches, is €17.50. Afternoon tea is served every day between 3pm – 6pm.
In Meath, meanwhile, there’s a new chef in the kitchen at the Ivy restaurant in the Dunboyne Castle hotel and spa. John Burke has already got local suppliers like veggie growers Ballymakenny Farm, butcher Hugh Maguire and micro greens grower Little Cress onto his menu, and says he’s looking forward to discovering more.
His new spring menu includes house-pickled beetroot with warm goat’s cheese, local Boyne Valley olive-fed pork belly, and a praline crème brûlée. The restaurant is open for dinner every day, and for lunch on Sundays.
In the seaside village of Blackrock in Co Louth, The Clermont has opened after a five month renovation programme, and includes a café bar, a Mediterranean-style bistro, a fine dining restaurant and a private dining and meeting room.
Expect sandwiches, pizza, pasta and salads in the bistro during the day, with extras like Carlingford crab claws and a 12-hour braised beef shortrib available after 4pm.
“The main event in the Chairman’s Room, our fine dining restaurant, is a seven course tasting menu centred on the dry-aged beef we get from Bellingham Beef,” said chef Dave Murray. “The farm is located just a stone’s throw from the restaurant.”
The Clermont opens Monday to Sunday from 11am, with late night opening from Thursday to Saturday.