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Movember MO’creddin

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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Well Groomed Moustached Greetings from Macreddin Village…

Yes, it’s Movember!

And once more, we are proud to say that there are dozens of ‘taches being grown and sported by us here in Macreddin…some good, some struggling!

But it’s all for a great reason, to collect much needed funds for Movember, which is supporting men’s physical and mental health worldwide.

Movember has become our big Annual Charity Event. We even change our name regarding this to MO’creddin for the month!

Last year through everyone’s support, we raised over €5,000 for this great cause with:

MO’creddin Bro’s growing over 42 manly moustaches

MO’creddin Sista’s fully supporting…even with the guys looking silly!

This year with your assistance, we can top this and we’ve made it so easy for you!!!!

All you have to do is click on this tab to make your official donation

Donate to MO’creddin here

It’s so simple… with just five or so clicks; you will have made a difference to men’s health worldwide and at the same time supported all our silly moustaches, here in MO’creddin!

With Big Thanks,

From all the MO’creddin…Mo’ Bros and Mo’ Sistas 2014

Movember

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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.

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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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Emma & Dave Kearney – 13th June 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Some much appreciated feedback from Emma & Dave

who got married with us on Friday 13th of June

We got married in BrookLodge on the 13th June 2014. From the moment we arrived, the hotel did everything and more to make us feel very welcome. Every guest we spoke to on the day complemented us on a stunning choice of venue, and the food was out of this world! Some even went as far as to say it was the best meal they’ve ever had! BrookLodge was the first and only hotel we viewed as a venue for our wedding, because we knew nowhere thereafter would ever compare! We cannot give the staff at BrookLodge enough thanks for providing us with an experience that was truly magical. To all the staff at BrookLodge, thank you again from the bottom of our hearts, Emma & Dave xx

Emma & Dave - 13th June 2014

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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.

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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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Hot Press Magazine – Best Restaurant

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Yet again… further congratulations to the Strawberry Tree Restaurant staff. The Strawberry Tree has been named in the country’s Best Restaurants in the Hot Press Best of Ireland 2014 magazine.

Hot Press

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Good Eating Guide Awards 2014

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

We’re on a roll… After great success in the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards, the Strawberry Tree takes home yet another award!

Celebrations and Congratulations to the crew of The Strawberry Tree on winning Best Restaurant in Leinster at The Good Eating Guide Awards 2014

The Good Eating Guide Awards 2014 - Best Restaurant Leinster..

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3 of the Best… Restaurant Association Awards 2014

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Wednesday the 16th of April The Restaurant Association of Ireland held their regional awards ceremony in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Our Strawberry Tree Restaurant took home not just one award but three awards in the same night… Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Wine Experience and our head chef Tim took home the Best Chef award.

Irish Restaurant Awards

Best Hotel Restaurant: This category recognises a hotel restaurant that demonstrates the very best in a dining experience as evidenced by a high level of attentiveness, impeccable service and well-structured, balanced and appropriate menu creating the ultimate experience for the visitor.

Best Wine Experience: This Award goes to the restaurant offering a balanced and appropriate wine list, an interesting range of producers and which strives for excellence in the service of wine.

Best Chef: This Award goes to the Chef who most impresses in their approach, design and execution of dishes and who is clearly pushing at culinary boundaries in Ireland.

A massive thanks to all who voted, we very much appreciate it!

RAI Awards 2014 - Best Hotel Restaurant

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