The award-winning 4-star Castleknock Hotel this week launched not one, but two new restaurants, Earth & Vine and 22 Bar & Restaurant.
To celebrate the official opening of the hotels new food and beverage experience, special guests including Irish models January Winters and Louise O’Reilly, actor Simon Delaney and Irish Gogglebox stars, Eileen and Angela joined General Manager Guy Thompson and his team.
Host for the evening was legendary broadcaster Marty Whelan, with the ever-popular Manila Strings providing the musical accompaniment.
The centrepieces of the refurbishment of the entire ground floor of the hotel, signature restaurant Earth & Vine will present a contemporary fine dining experience while 22 Bar & Restaurant is the hotel’s casual, Italian trattoria style offering. Both menus will focus on provenance and showcase some of Ireland’s best artisan producers.
Guest on the evening got a sample of this, and following a sparkling drinks reception they were served a selection of dishes including Ardsallagh Goats Cheese Marshmallow, Atlantic Brill Parcel and Mulhuddart Braised Beef Cheeks.
Executive Head Chef, a regular on TV3’s Saturday AM, Neal Kearns also gave a live cooking demonstration, with the help of very special guest and friend of Castleknock Hotel, Simon Delaney.
Simon was a finalist in this year’s Celebrity Masterchef and has recently written his first cookbook – Simply Simon’s: the Diner Cookbook – with the help and support of Neal and the team at the hotel.
In the refurbished Lime Tree Bar, mixologist Andrew Sherlock gave a cocktail masterclass to guests featuring signature cocktails from both menus, including a Passion Fruit Caipiroska, Ronnefeldt Cooler and The Solero – a wonderful mix of Absolute Vodka, vanilla syrup, orange juice, Cointreau with a shot of prosecco on the side.
The new restaurants are just the start of a range of new developments at Castleknock Hotel, which is currently undergoing works to increase room capacity to 190 with the addition of 43 new rooms and three suites.
As part of the development plan, the day spa – currently located on the first floor of the hotel – will move to the ground floor, with the addition of a new aerobics suite and five new treatment rooms, expected to open in December.