Food Provenance, Rooftop Herb Gardens & Innovative Afternoon TeasHastings Hotels, Northern Ireland’s finest independent hotel collection, proudly fuses locally sourced cuisine, seasonal produce and authentic Irish hospitality - a must-visit during Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016. Guests will be delighted by the fresh and innovative cuisine on offer, including edible rooftop herb gardens, a Hendricks’s Gin Afternoon Tea and breakfast sourced from local suppliers. Staying at one of the Hastings Hotels properties, guests can experience the very best of Northern Ireland’s food and drink, providing a mouth-watering taste of local heritage, landscape and culture.
Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016
With 366 days of foodie experiences, there will be no better time for visitors to enjoy Northern Ireland during the Year of Food and Drink. Staying with Hastings Hotels will allow guests to immerse themselves in this foodie experience with local and seasonal fine foods which stand out from the rest - from where it originates, to the way it is produced and its flavour.
The breakfast menu at each Hastings Hotels property is coined ‘Who Made My Breakfast’ and showcases the very best of Northern Ireland’s seasonal larder and heritage from a carefully selected group of local suppliers. The properties hope to enliven menus by sharing suppliers’ stories with guests and enlightening them with the care and local expertise that goes into offering a true taste of Ulster.
Guests can choose from:
· Apple juice from the P. McCann & Sons, produced by the McCann family on their County Armagh homestead
· Clandeboye Estate Yoghurts: the only yoghurts made in Northern Ireland, which are created using milk from award winning herd of Holstein and Jersey cows
· Farm-view Dairies: owned by the McDowell family which have sold wholesome dairy products for over 100 years in Belfast
· Granola and muesli cereals handmade by Jill and David Crawford at their farmhouse bakery in County Down
· White’s Porridge Oats with a touch of Bushmills Whiskey. Northern Ireland’s only oat mill, having milled oats on its original site for over 170 years, while Bushmills is the world’s oldest whiskey distillery
· Tea, whiskey marmalade, meats and various other family run and locally sourced products from Northern Ireland
The Culloden Estate & Spa
Originally built as a Palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden Estate & Spa stands among 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland. The property’s Mitre Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland, run by leading chef Paul McKnight, who boasts a career with The Ritz Hotel and the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York, among many others.
Meanwhile, the Crozier Lounge is the newest addition to the Culloden and the perfect location for guests to relax in luxurious surroundings. By day guests can sit by the fire and enjoy a morning coffee, sample the delicious lounge food or try the indulgent Hendricks’s Gin Afternoon Tea. This afternoon tea is a rare treat and comes complete with a novel Hendricks’s tea set and a selection of fingers sandwiches, freshly baked buttermilk scones with cream and county Armagh preserves, a selection of Irish pastries and of course the Hendricks’s Gin twist!
Ballygally Castle is a picturesque property offering guests a truly unique location. Located on the Antrim Coast, Ballygally Castle is nestled in lush greenery, commands magnificent views out to sea and is surrounded by incredible attractions such as the famous Giant’s Causeway and the Titanic Belfast.
Linking in with the many filming locations of Game of Thrones, Afternoon Tea at Ballygally Castle offers guests an array of tasty delights inspired by the fantasy lands of Winterfell, Iron Islands, Kings Landing or Stormlands. Treats include Lannister egg Rolls, Baratheon Bread, Little Finger Chicken Caesar wraps, Jon Snow Cakes and Dothraki Trifle with mini Dragon’s eggs among many others.
Meanwhile, set within original 17th century walls, The Garden Restaurant serves up a range of delicious bistro and table d’hote menus for lunch or dinner, featuring many dishes made using the finest local produce. Stop by for Sunday Lunch in the magnificent River Room to enjoy traditional roasts, contemporary fayre, family catch-ups and stunning views across the bay and beyond to Scotland.
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Nestling at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in County Down, the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa stands among six acres of immaculate private grounds. From the sophisticated atmosphere in the Oak Restaurant to the Lighthouse Lounge serving fresh and healthy delights such as smoothies, salads and sandwiches to a perfect pint by the fireside in the Percy French, your appetite and expectations will be well and truly satisfied at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.
Europa Hotel Belfast
The Europa Hotel not only offers an iconic location in Belfast but also a tempting array of gourmet delights. The property’s very own edible roof garden is complete with a greenhouse and forms the background to the Europa’s signature dishes and even some cocktails! Guests can expect micro-herbs and pea-shoots from the greenhouse, while the garden’s raised beds yield thyme, rosemary, coriander, chives and even chocolate mint.
The hotel’s Piano Lounge is an expression of elegance and style, where every detail has been crafted to reflect the Europa’s long history. Comfort and glamour combine to make it a favourite spot for the renowned Afternoon Tea, which has become a tradition in Belfast. Meanwhile, loved for its laid back look and feel, The Causerie is perfect for a catch-up with friends before a concert, with a pre theatre menu or a bite of supper after a business meeting. Alternatively, the Lobby Bar, a favourite with in-house guests and locals alike, is full of character and charm. Situated at the front of the hotel it offers a more casual ambience for relaxing with a drink, enjoying live music and sampling our delicious menu.