Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Party Time

In case you haven't planned your Christmas party yet, or think why bother; here are some ideas on what you could still do without much hassle.

Flemings Restaurant

Michael & Eileen love Christmas and it comes through in every detail. From the handpicked decorations to the amazing food, in Flemings you are made feel part of the family at Christmas dinner (without the washing up). The quality of the food is outstanding (try the venison, to die for) and lovingly prepared by Michael and his right hand man, David. The Georgian dining room is lit by candle light and open fires. The service is immaculate and personal without being invasive. The wine list is an important part of the meal and the staff is properly trained to give the best advice. One of my favourite restaurants in Cork.

Throughout December, Flemings is running a special offer Monday - Wednesday, 3 courses for €39

Ballinacurra House

There is a reason, Ballinacurra House won best Wedding Venue a few times. It is an amazing place run by the most amazing couple Lisa and Des who love nothing more than entertaining. The house can only be booked fully but don't let that put you off. Talk to them and see what they can do for you and your guests. I can promise you that you will leave with a stupid grin on your face. The food is just as outstanding as the house itself with head chef David Rice transforming ingredients into a feast par excellence.

Longueville House

Part of the Blue Book collection, Longueville House will transport you to times gone by. Leave the hectic rat race outside and join them on their Christmas Party Night on Friday, 12th December. Drink reception, open fire, roasted meats in the drawing room, 3 course dinner and music will show you the true spirit of Christmas. If you can't make it this Friday, book your party on another night as William and Aisling will welcome you with open arms. And when there, make sure to try the award winning Apple Brandy - simply delicious.

Kinsale Gourmet Academy

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Learn from one of the best in the business. Get your friends together and get hands on classes with Michelin trained chef David Rice. These classes are real hands on affairs and fun is guaranteed. After all the hard work you will sit at the large dining table and enjoy the fruit of your labour. Located at Ballinacurra House, this purpose build cookery school has several work stations to accommodate up to 16 people comfortably (you could squeeze more in)

Brennan's Cookery School

Want to learn to make your own gingerbread house? Decorate your own Christmas cake? Then head to Brennan's. They offer customized evenings for groups of 12 min. Located in the city centre of Cork, it's a perfect place for learning something new before you are heading out for a drink afterwards in one of the many pubs & restaurants.

Private Afternoon Tea Party

The Pastry Fork is run by Mags Curtin, one amazing baker and wonderful person. She will set the party up for you with her vintage collection of china, spoons and plates filled with wonderful creations of beautiful cakes, slices and cookies. And the best...... she takes the dirty dishes with her.

If you still don't know what to do, email me and I can organise something for you that will be different. Email me on for details

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