Archive for the ‘Organic & Wild Foods’ Category

Good Eating Guide Awards 2015

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Winner yet again! The Strawberry takes home another award…

Restaurateurs from all over the country expressed optimism for the crucial peak tourism season at the Good Eating Guide awards ceremony in Dublin on Monday 11th May. The ceremony, which took place at Dylan McGrath’s Fade Street Social, was attended by top chefs and proprietors from the crème de la crème of the national scene. The Strawberry Tree Restaurant  was awarded Ireland’s Best Organic Restaurant. Tim Daly, Head Chef of the Strawberry Tree Brigade accepted the award on the night.

The Good Eating Guide Awards 2015 - Best Organic Restuarant

Pictured above from left to right - Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Tim Daly, Karen Scanlon & Paddy McCarthy.

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Irish Restaurant Awards 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Congratulations & Celebrations…

The Leinster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards took place in Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on Tuesday night and Macreddin Village took home not one, not two but three awards…

  • Best Hotel Restaurant – The Strawberry Tree
  • Best Chef – Tim Daly, The Strawberry Tree
  • Best Gastro Pub – Actons Pub & The Orchard Café

This means, we now go forward in 3 categories for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Monday 25th May, 2015.

Restaurant Association

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McKennas’ 100 Best!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

We are absolutely thrilled that both The Strawberry Tree Restaurant and The BrookLodge are once again recommended in John & Sally McKennas’ Guides to 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland and 100 Best Places to stay in Ireland. Here’s what John & Sally said in their guides…

BEST RESTAURANTS – THE STRAWBERRY TREE

“Evan Doyle’s unwavering vision has powered the unique Organic Strawberry Tree for more than 25 years”.

Evan Doyle and his team organise such splendifereous feasts and special occasion dinners at the BrookLodge in Macreddin – their Wild&Slow feasts, the Summer School feasts – that it can be easy to forget that running a superb day-after-day restaurant is actually what they do almost all of the time, and that day-after-day restaurant, The Strawberry Tree, is as singular as any food destination in Ireland and the specialist in Wild, foraged, Organic and local foods. You will find flavours here that you will not find anywhere else in the world. But remember that there is also La Taverna Armento in the restaurant complex and the Italian cooking here is really very fine indeed. Our advice, then, is simple; stay two nights at the BrookLodge and enjoy both restaurants, for both are different, distinctive and serve superb, unique food.

McKennas' 100 Best

 

BEST PLACES TO STAY – THE BROOKLODGE HOTEL

Evan Doyle and the team in the BrookLodge stay ahead of the curve all the time, realising their holistic vision in the most practical, delicious fashion.

Twenty Years ago we wrote this “In Evan Doyle’s lovely restaurant you can eat the tastes of the future, and boy do they taste good” Twenty years ago he was ahead of the curve, sourcing all his foods from local Organic suppliers and – are you ready for this – that was when the Strawberry Tree was operating in Killarney! Mr Doyle has spent the last decade fashioning his a small world-unto-itself at Macreddin, having found a place where he and his family team could build their own world. We have written that his vision of BrookLodge Inn is to create Cockaigne, the mythical land of plenty, of luxury, of ease. But Doyle’s vision is not fairy tale: Macreddin is Cockaigne made real, made tangible, made delicious. His Cockaigne is not an historical construct: it is an ideal for Organic food and Wild food and instinctive hospitality that is striving to establish the future. And, tellingly his Cockaigne is  a political place, for Mr Doyle is always educating, agitating, organising. He has allied himself with a formidable team who run this fantastic hotel like the finest piece of horlogerie, making every visit an utter delight.

McKennas' 100 Best..

 

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McKennas’ Guides Person & Plate of the Year

Monday, January 5th, 2015

John & Sally McKennas’ Person of the Year goes to… Evan Doyle!

“If all Evan Doyle ever did was to have created and run the Brook Lodge Inn, he would be forever recognised as the foremost hotelier of his generation” Read More

McKennas' Guides Person of the Year

And if that wasn’t enough… Plate of the year goes to…

Evan & The Strawberry Tree Brigade!

 “Mick Murphy’s salmon, with Evan Doyle’s laverbread and Tim Daly’s cod’s roe, was a dish that was simply profound” Read More

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Festive Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Sit back, relax and enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea

in the warm surroundings of the Waterside Lounge

Afternoon Tea BrookLodge

Smoked Turkey with Cranberry Sauce & Garlic Bread…Our Pastry Kitchen Mince Pies… Our Christmas Pudding Parfait… Our own Orchard Sherry Trifle… just some of the home-made Christmas delights on offer. Just what you need to get you into that Festive spirit.

Click below for our full Festive Afternoon Tea Menu

Festive Afternoon Tea

Wild Elderberry and Orange Pudding

 

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Wild&Slow2014

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Wild&Slow Banner 2014

Slow Food Ireland is delighted to announce that Wild&Slow2014, its unique biennial Wild Foods Festival celebrating all that is good about Ireland’s unique wild game and wild foods will take place this 8th/9th November in Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow.

Wild&Slow is now Europe’s largest Wild Foods Festival and is dedicated solely to the education and conservation of our wonderful Irish wild foods heritage. It falls at a perfect time of year with the closing of the wild food harvesting season and the opening of our wild game season.

Wild&Slow2012, attracted over 5,000 to its unique Wild Foods Street Market, 1,700 people attended over 22 Wild Foods Master Classes and as always the unique Wild Food Dinner sold out!

Check out Wild&Slow 2011 & 2012 videos & gallery here.

Wild&Slow2014 promises to be no different…just with more Wild Foods Stalls at the Street Market, more Wild Foods Master Classes, but unfortunately still the same amount of places available for the unique Wild Food Dinner!

Here’s a unique opportunity to enjoy and graze at the Wild Foods Street Market, warming your hands at the wood braziers, tasting a mulled elderberry wine, filling a bag full of goodies to take home and learning everything there is to know about wild Irish foods by attending as many Wild Foods Workshops as possible over the two days.

Now all we need is a couple of those crisp November days that Ireland is famous for and that Wild&Slow has become synonymous with…!

Wild&Slow Evening Shot

 Over Night Packages including 7 course Wild Foods Dinner

available from just €145pps Book Now.

For Further information see:

www.wildandslow.com  www.slowfoodireland.com  www.brooklodge.com

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National Heritage Week 23rd – 31st August

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014


Self-guided walk along the Macreddin PURE Mile to celebrate National Heritage Week

National-Heritage-Week

We have chosen to celebrate the historical importance of local hedgerows this Heritage Week as a tribute to the hard work and dedication of Macreddin Village residents in establishing the Macreddin PURE Mile. We have created a Macreddin PURE Mile walking guide for guests to use as a way of identifying edible herbs, leaves, berries, mushrooms and fruits as well as a range of native wildlife as they amble alongside the hedgerows.

Our commitment to the local environment and the use of wild and organic ingredients in the Strawberry Tree restaurant made the Macreddin PURE Mile initiative a natural fit for National Heritage week.

As the site of one of the few 17th century Plantation Towns, Macreddin is steeped in local history and heritage.  However, we felt it would be more appropriate to focus on our natural heritage this Heritage Week, particularly given the fact that the Macreddin PURE Mile won the National Heritage Award in 2013 and are hopeful for further success this year.

We want our guests to learn how to open their eyes to the wonderful native plant, wild life and heritage that surrounds us.  And, because of this we decided to create a self-guided walk to help people spot a range of plants, fruits and mushrooms, many of which have been used as ingredients for generations, as well as native Irish red squirrels, pheasants, foxes, kingfishers, deer and rabbits.

QR Code - Pure Mile

The Macreddin PURE Mile QR Code (ScanLife app required)

Scan code for further information on The Macreddin PURE Mile

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Afternoon Tea in the Waterside Lounge…

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Afternoon Tea and The Tale of Two Annas

Anna, Afternoon Tea and The History:

Cream Tea, High Tea and Afternoon Tea. These terms are peculiar to a couple of Island off the west coast of Europe and perhaps, are not understood elsewhere. In 1840 Anna, Duchess of Bedford gave us Afternoon Tea when she decided to make an occasion of it!

 

Anna, Afternoon Tea and The Waterside:

The other Anna, is our Anna…! Together with Amy, she runs our ‘All Fresh’ Pastry Kitchen in The Strawberry Tree. When both came to us with the idea of serving Afternoon Tea, we had no choice!

 

Sandwiches from the Strawberry Tree

Our own Cured Beef Pastrami,

Pickled Red Onions, Horseradish, Ciabatta

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Macreddin Smoke House Salmon,

Wild Sorrel, Our Bakery Brown Bread

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Roasted Cornfed Chicken,

Lemon and Tarragon, Wild Garlic Bread

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Real Buffalo Mozzarella,

Tomato & Chive Grilled Crostini

Sweet Loaves from Macreddin Bakery

Macreddin Bakery Warm Fruit Scone

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Pastry Kitchen Ginger Bread

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Pastry Kitchen Banana Loaf

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With Clotted Cream and Our Own Curd & Jam

Sweetie Things from Macreddin Pastry

A Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

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Our Golden Honeycomb Cream Cheese,

Shortbread Biscuit Pot

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A Wild Bilberry, Lemon Meringue Roulade

Organic Fair Traded Teas and Coffees

A Selection of Traditional Dried Teas

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A Selection of Dried Herbal Teas

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Today’s Fresh Herbal Teas

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A Selection of Ground Coffees

€24.50 per person

Bubbles from The Wild Foods Pantry

Our Wild Elderflower Prosecco €9.70

Our Wild Elderflower Lemonade €4.70


Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is served in the Waterside Lounge Wednesday-Sunday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

As we bake all items for our Afternoon Tea fresh we ask that guests book in advance.

Please email reception@brooklodge.com or call us on 0402 36444 to book.

 

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The Orchard Café gets a Makeover!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Orchard Café has introduced an exciting new Lunch menu.

Orchard Cafe Image

A Jug of Macreddin Villages Wild Elder Flower Lemonade €8.95

A Flute of Organic Prosecco with our Wild Elder Berry Cassis €8.25

A Flute of High Bank Organic Cider with their Apple Syrup €3.75

A Real Farm Vegetable Soup from Denis Healy’s Organic Farm €5.50
Orchard Café Salads

Mary Regan’s Organic Duck Liver Parfait, Quince Cheese, Toasted Brioche €9.50

Crispy Whitebait, Salad Leaves, Smoked Chilli Aioli, €7.50

Our Own Smoked Salmon, Salad Leaves, Horseradish €12.50

Slow Cooked Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Rocket Leaves, Balsamic €9.50

A Warm Organic Beef Fillet Salad, Pine Nuts, Roasted Red Onion €14.50

Fenit Crab Salad, Pickled Fennel, Chilli, Preserved Lemon Mayonnaise €14.95

 

Orchard Café Stone Oven Pizzas

Classic Margarita, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, €12.50

St. Tola Goats Cheese, Courgettes, Red Onion, Rocket, €14.50

Anchovies, Mozzarella, Tomato, Capers, Kalamata Olives, Calzone, €16.50

Smoked Chicken, Bellingham Blue Cheese, Marinated Red Onion, Basil, €15.50

 

Orchard Café Mains

Chargrilled Organic Aged Sirloin with a Wild Cep Crust €24.50


Pan Seared Organic Salmon, Green Pea Risotto, Wild Sorrel Crème Fraiche €15.50

Crispy Rabbit Legs, Sweet Potato, Wild Garlic Aioli €14.50

Corn Fed Chicken Breast, Aubergine Caponata, Tomato Salsa €15.50

The Macreddin Organic Beef Burger, Mount Callan Cheddar, Pickled Cucumber €15.50

Homemade Macreddin Village Fish Fingers and Chips €15.50

Butternut Squash Ravioli, Roasted Peppers, Olives, Spinach, Gorgonzola Cream €13.50

 

Orchard Café Side’s €4.50

Rosemary Potatoes                                                   

Mixed Leaf Salad, Balsamic Dressing

Orchard Fries                                                             

Macreddin Bakery Wild Garlic Bread

 

Orchard Café  The Sweet Things

Today’s Macreddin Village Organic Ice Cream €6.25

The Orchard Café Desert Pot €7.50

The Chocolate Mousse Tart, Pistachio Ice Cream €6.75

A Warm Hazelnut Ricotta Slice, Lemon Curd €5.50

Our Homemade Orchard Apple Pie €5.50

A Selection of Irish Raw Milk Cheeses €9.50

 

Orchard Café Organic Beverages

Coffee €2.80

Decaffeinated Coffee €2.80

Tea €2.80

Cappuccino €2.90

Espresso €2.50     Double Espresso €3.50

Latté €3.50

Green & Blacks Hot Chocolate €3.50

Earl Grey €3.50

A  Selection of Herbal and Fruit Teas €3.50

A Glass of Real Orange Juice €3.95

The Orchard Cafe

Opening hours:

Wednesday-Sunday 12.30-4.30pm

To reserve a table please call The BrookLodge Hotel 0402 36444.

Menu subject to change

 

 

 

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Euro-Toques Food Awards 2014

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Farm and dairy producers

honoured for their quality…

 

The recipients of the Euro-Toques Food Awards 2014 – at a gala lunch at The Residence Club in Dublin yesterday – included  two of Macreddin’s very own suppliers, Ed Hick of J Hick & Sons for their smoked wild venison and Mick Healy of Wild Irish Game Ltd in Co. Wicklow. Also awarded were  Cork dairy farmers Toby Simmonds and Johnny Lynch for their traditional mozzarella cheese,  Lucy Deegan and Mark Cribben of Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms in Co Cork for their specialty mushrooms and Marjorie and Kieran O’Malley of Achill Island Sea Salt.

 Group pic

They were selected by 160 of Ireland’s top chefs for what they called “rare gems in the Irish culinary scene“.

 Massive congratulations to all winners!

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