Monday, 29 April 2013

Cider, brandy, liqueurs & lamb roasting on a open fire... It has to be Longueville House

Sunday 21/4 a day when for the first time in a while I didn't have somewhere to go something to do or something to work on yes it was a day off so what to do ? Head off to somewhere where I could relax eat and gather some knowledge on cider making and brandy so with mum we headed to Longueville House Mallow.

Just passed Cork Race Cork you take a right hand turn and then take a left up the avenue that brings you through the estate you'll spot a pheasant or two the gentle giants of trees that line the way to the main house the view over the black water valley is breath taking we open the big door and the hall way is welcoming with the most amazing ceiling we are led into the drawing room where the fire lights and the lamb legs roast on the fire the friendly manager explains that is one of the main courses the room is full of the aroma and gets the taste buds going this room also beautiful .
We were early for our booking which meant it gave us time for coffee and a chat with Aishling O'Callaghan whom with her husband William are longueville house And third generation in this house the history of longueville house is very interesting and worth a read it explains what they are today

In the drawing room you are greeted by a waft of roasting lamb on the open fire this really sets the food craving going we are bought to the dining room where the buffet starters are all laid out the chef takes us through each dish from homemade sausage rolls from their own pigs to succulent lamb spring rolls many salad options terrines & pâtés

The linen the table ware the comfort the food the view I was truly for the first time in a while relaxing after seeing the lamb I decided that would be my main it did not disappoint it was superb after a little break we had dessert again a fabulous selection from brûlée to chocolate cake and a selection of cheeses

The service was superb and nothing i could fault and something I will take from it the experience the day the talk with William & Aishling it is a place where you can switch off from reality and relax

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