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Evan’s Wild Food Book…

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Published by O’Brien Press, Wild Food is a wonderful collaboration between Evan Doyle: The BrookLodge Hotel at Macreddin Village and Biddy White Lennon: food journalist and writer.

The BrookLodge is home to The Strawberry Tree Restaurant. Its Kitchens, have been harvesting and presenting wild foods daily on its menu since 1988 and this year celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary. The Strawberry Tree also hosts Irelands only walk in Wild-Food Pantry for its Guests, but more importantly for its Chefs!

This is the first time, that Evan Doyle has put together the knowledge and the recipes gathered from over a quarter of a century of using these wild foods.

Wild Food is a fantastic new guide to foraging which reveals the secrets of how to identify, pick, preserve and cook the most common wild foods that grow in our hedgerows and woodlands and on our hillsides and seashores. Packed with helpful tips and advice on gathering, preparing and cooking foraged foods, this combined field guide and cookbook was inspired by the growing interest in wild food and foraging in Ireland today and is the perfect introduction to harvesting nature’s bounty.


*Where to look, what it looks like, how to pick

*A guide to foraging through the seasons: nettle, dillisk, carrageen, garlic, sea beet, samphire, St George’s mushrooms, sorrel, hawthorn, elderflower, sea lettuce, strawberries, chanterelles, bilberries, field mushrooms, blackberries, damsons, ceps, elderberries, hazelnuts, rose hips, sloes and more

*How to prepare and preserve your foraged finds

* Over 60 delicious recipe ideas, including dozens of unpublished recipes from The Strawberry Tree at The BrookLodge Hotel

* Traditional uses for common wild foods

*  Great gift ideas for family & friends and lots more

We can arrange for one to be sent to you by post, just give us a call at BrookLodge on 0402-36444 and we can pop one in the post to you.

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Mum’s the word…

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Mum’s the word this Mother’s Day

Sunday 10th of March


(and hopefully Mum will invite you too)

  • Overnight Accommodation with Full Breakfast.
  • Dinner in La Taverna Armento Restaurant (upgrade to The Wild & Organic Strawberry Tree Restaurant for an extra €35pp)
  • A 30 minute treatment in The Wells Spa – 10 different options to choose from.
  • Complimentary Access to The Thermal Suite in The Wells Spa.
  • Selection of Herbal teas to help Mum relax and unwind.
  • If Mum would like, we can run a bath for her in the comfort of her own bedroom any time before 8pm on Sunday evening.
  • Late check out until 2pm on Monday 11th.

What better way to show your Mum you care than to treat her to The BrookLodge for a day and night of Pampering on Mother’s Day. We will ensure that Mum is completely pampered from the moment she arrives. After check in, Mum can check out the facilities then head to The Wells Spa to get pampered for the afternoon. Treatments range from a Hot Stone Massage, Aroma Pamper Facial, Dry Float Relaxation to name but a few. Before getting ready for dinner Mum can request a jasmine bubble bath in the comfort of her own bedroom to give a complete sense of calm and relaxation. Depending on Mum’s choice, dinner will be served in either La Taverna Armento or The Strawberry Tree where Mum will experience many delights. After dinner Mum can retire to the cosiness of The Waterside Lounge before retiring to bed. On Monday morning Mum can have a lie in and relax with breakfast served until 11am or really spoil Mum and avail of breakfast in bed. Before departing BrookLodge Mum can take in some fresh air by taking one of our mapped walks around Macreddin Village. Now who does Mum take with her to BrookLodge…?

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Mazda6 being launched here in Macreddin Village today…

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The new Mazda6 is being launched here in Macreddin Village today.  The reason Mazda chose BrookLodge for the launch was because of our Green Ethos and it’s “Outstanding environmental performance, fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions”

A good day to give this gorgeous car a real test drive in typical January weather!

What Mazda say about their new car….A saloon with exciting driving dynamics and low fuel consumption. The all-new Mazda6 Saloon is the 2nd of our new generation of cars to feature the full range of our pioneering SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design. With this new flagship model we’re celebrating the pleasure of exhilarating driving experiences and the importance of emotionally appealing design. And with our SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, this saloon also combines the most advanced safety features with outstanding fuel consumption. So once again we’ve defied convention in achieving environmental and functional excellence without compromising your enjoyment of exciting, powerful driving and eye-catching aesthetics.

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This Valentines, say I love you….at The BrookLodge

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

This Valentines, instead of sitting in a packed restaurant on Valentines Night, paying for an overpriced menu and getting hurried out the door, why not indulge yourselves and take a trip down to the BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village and dine in The Culinary Hotel of The Year on Thursday 14th February 2013, for a night of loving…

In your bedroom we will leave a sharing plate of Organic Chocolate goodies from The Strawberry Tree Restaurant

Choose from our four hot special offers …

  • Bed & Breakfast and Dinner in The Strawberry Tree Restaurant – Ireland’s only certified Wild & Organic restaurant €135pps
  • Bed & Breakfast and Dinner in our Italian, La Taverna Armento €100pps
  • Bed & Breakfast and Dinner in The Strawberry Tree Restaurant, AND an intimate Serail Mud Bath for Two €160pps.
  • Bed & Breakfast and Dinner in The Strawberry Tree Restaurant AND an hour’s treatment each side by side, in one of our double treatment rooms €190pps.

And for even more treats after dinner…guests will enjoy a Strawberry Liqueur made from Organic strawberries from Gold River Farm which were picked last June and matured in vodka ready for tasting on Valentines weekend.

While you are with us we will make sure you are totally spoiled but why not spoil someone you love with a fabulous room upgrade?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ask our reservations team for more details. * Rates above apply to standard rooms.

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Captain McGinley

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Congratulations to Paul Mc Ginley on his selection as the European Ryder Cup Captain for Gleneagles in 2014, and the first Irish person ever to hold the position.

Paul designed the fabulous Macreddin Golf Course, and showed his professionalism and commitment throughout.He was also a favourite of all the crew in the BrookLodge, who loved his open and honest manner.

Well Done Paul.

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Wild Foods Calendar 2013

Saturday, December 15th, 2012


Thursday, November 29th, 2012
The Food & Wine Magazine Christmas Show is on in the RDS this Friday, Saturday & Sunday and we’re there. Evan is giving a Wild Foods Masterclass on Saturday at 12.30, and there’s also a BrookLodge & Macreddin stand where you can get Vouchers, Christmas Hampers, Macreddin Village Wild & Organic Aprons, Wild Foods calenders etc etc. We’re on stand E5, so drop by for a nibble of our famous Wild Garlic Pesto.
Follow the link for tickets and information.

Culinary Hotel of the Year 2012/2013

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the BrookLodge was the winner of the “Best Culinary Hotel” award at the Good Food Ireland Awards in The Shelbourne Hotel last night. RTE’s Mary Kennedy hosted the awards, and they were presented by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. It’s a fabulous honour, particularly when you consider the calibre of the other nominees, which included The Shelbourne, The Merrion Hotel, The Cliff House Hotel and Kelly’s Hotel.

The awards are of particular importance in our on-going efforts to attract discerning food tourists from overseas, as Good Food Ireland is by far and away the leading marketing and promotion grouping for Food Tourism in Ireland, with Redmond O’Donoghue, its Chairman, also CEO of Failte Ireland.

Added to our big three awards so far for 2012 – Georgina Campbell’s “Business Hotel of the Year”, “Best Customer Experience” award at the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medals 2012 and the RSVP Magazine “Best Resort Spa 2012”, we think it highlights the commitment and expertise of our fantastic team.

In the nomination for the award, Good Food Ireland said “When you enter the world of BrookLodge and Wells Spa, you walk into paradise.  Yes this place is in its own private little world. Here at Good Food Ireland, we call it heaven. Macreddin Village is in the heart of the Wicklow Valley. You drive in the gate and there it is, a gorgeous village tucked in among the trees, quite out of the way from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet only a short drive from the busy motorway that takes you to Dublin. BrookLodge lies at the centre of this…”

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Movember Cookbook

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

We have a limited edition of 5 books available for €50, of which all funds will be donated to Movember Charity. Back in July, 20 chefs/cooks from around the country including our own Mo Bro Evan, came together on their hairy journey to produce this cook book to raise vital funds and awareness of men’s health. The crew of Macreddin watched and inevitably laughed at Evan as his facial fluff eventually turned into a moustache. So if you want to get your hands on one of these very limited books (NOT AVAILABLE IN SHOPS ) then call 0402-36444 with your donation of €50 and we’ll pop your cook book in the post to you.

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Next weekend, November 10th & 11th, go wild in Macreddin Village at Wild&Slow2012, a unique festival presented by Slow Food Ireland, celebrating all that is good about Irish foods – fresh, local, traditional & wild – in a WinterFest Style Market, that will run from afternoon into crisp dark evening.

This is the second year that Wild&Slow will be held in Macreddin Village, and the market will feature more than 30 wild foods stalls. There are also 17 Wild Foods Workshops taking place over the two days, covering everything from Photo-stalking in Wicklow National Park to Mixing Cocktails with foraged wild ingredients, and presented by Irish food champions and icons such as Darina Allen, Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Sally McKenna, Ed Hick, and our own Evan Doyle and Tim Daly.

Follow the links below for full details of the Workshops and a pre-registration form. Tickets are priced at €5 daily, giving full access (numbers permitting) to all WorkShops on each day.
On the Saturday Night November 10th, there is a magnificent Wild Foods Dinner, showcasing the very finest Wild Foods in Ireland. Wine is included with Dinner, and we still have a few spaces available to Residents. There is a special rate available of €150 per person sharing to include overnight accommodation in a Junior Suite, Dinner including wine, and breakfast the next morning.
There are just a last few rooms remaining Book Now
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