It will come as news to few that Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is a beautiful place to set foot. It may, however, surprise many to learn that Ireland is also a food lover’s paradise. With something to satisfy even the most discerning of palates, our picks for luxury hotel dining on the Emerald Isle are sure to inspire your next event.
The Shelbourne, Dublin
Located at 27 St. Stephen’s Green, The Shelbourne is a landmark in the heart of Dublin city. Private dining at The Shelbourne is a decadent affair, with packages including five-course menus, luxury flatware, the finest Irish linens, Royal Doulton china designed by Vera Wang and floral arrangements created by the hotel’s in-house florist. Executive chef, Garry Hughes, whose diners have included Michelle Obama, Bruce Springsteen and Bono, sources the finest local ingredients to create the ultimate Irish dining experience at this two AA-Rosette-awarded hotel. Locally sourced dishes include roast fillet of 32-day-aged Charleville beef, and mille feuille of creamed Lusk leeks, asparagus tips & chervil and tomato butter sauce. The Shelbourne has ten event rooms, the largest of which will accommodate a group of 450 guests.
The K Club, Kildare
Built in 1832, the five-star K Club boasts 18 meeting and conference rooms, the largest of which is the newly renovated Inis Mor. In all, The K Club’s meeting and function spaces can accommodate between five and 500 guests, thereby catering to both the smaller and larger crowd. The hotel sources its ingredients locally, and its menus are traditional Irish fare with a modern twist. Think Atlantic mackerel with Dingle Gin watermelon, avocado puree, chilled cucumber gazpacho and toasted almonds.
Hayfield Manor, Cork
Farther south, another five-star pick, Hayfield Manor is nestled within walled gardens in Cork city. Hayfield Manor is a boutique luxury hotel, offering private dining for groups of between ten and 120 people. Enjoy an aperitif in the garden, before relocating to one of the hotel’s private dining rooms for a tailor-made menu, paired with wine selected by the in-house Sommelier. The hotel’s farm-to-table philosophy is reflected in their seasonal, sustainable, ocean friendly menus, featuring Midleton lamb rack and shoulder, with courgette, roasted garlic, goat’s cheese mash and mint gel, and, to follow, Irish berries, with vanilla white chocolate bavarois, pecan soil and lemon sorbet.
No. 1 Pery Square, Limerick
A Georgian townhouse overlooking The People’s Park, No. 1 Pery Square is a boutique hotel in Limerick city. A 20-minute jaunt from Shannon international airport, the hotel offers organic and wholesome fare, ranging from home-baked butter shortbread and seasonal herbal teas from their kitchen garden, to five-course menus. The Board Room at No. 1 is the perfect space for a formal gathering, while The Wine Room will accommodate a smaller, more intimate group.
The G Hotel, Galway
Our final pick takes us to the G Hotel on the west coast of Ireland. Designed by the internationally acclaimed milliner, Philip Treacy, The G Hotel in Galway city offers six occasion suites, including The Boardroom and The Event Suite, and can accommodate up to 300 guests. A visit to The G is the perfect excuse to sample their excellent Afternoon Tea–a selection of hand crafted pastries, scones, sweet treats and savory bites, served with tea and coffee.