As I'm sure you know by now I was lucky enough to win a competition for a two night stay in the gorgeous Parknasilla Resort & Spa last week (view my post about the Penthouse Suite here). The prize also included a three course meal for the two of us in their Pygmalion Restaurant.
My starter - Kenmare Bay Scallops Pan seared fresh scallops with carrot and roast garlic purée, crispy fried Haggis and coriander oil.
Spencer's Starter - Crab Tian Tian of white dingle crab meat, guacamole purée, celeriac & whole grain mustard slaw, fresh tomato & basil salsa.
Strawberry Sorbet with compliments of the chef.
My main - Irish Hereford Sirloin beef Prime grilled sirloin of beef, rosemary & port glazed turnip, braised potato fondant stuffed with beef & Guinness hash, confit cherry tomatoes and jus roti.
Spencer's main - Skeaghanore Duck Pan seared breast of duck, confit savoy cabbage & fresh horseradish, celeriac purée & sweet orange Armagnac & sultana sauce.
My pudding - Hazelnut Semi Fredo Iced hazelnut mousse with brown butter short bread and caramel sauce.
Spencer's pudding - Baileys Cheesecake Served on a ginger biscuit base with chocolate rice krispie biscuits and rum & raisin ice-cream.
We also received a tray of fresh breads with Pesto and butter, the special bread that day was a gorgeous Salmon bread which was simply amazing with the fresh pesto.
The service in the restaurant is great, the food is amazing and the setting is perfect. We were sat in one of the bay window seats which overlook the stunning grounds and the picturesque Kenmare Bay and Caha mountains.
Other food during our stay included lazy room service on the first night in the form of a "Sneem pizza" to share. The pizza is topped with local Sneem black pudding, smoked streaky bacon and red onion. The room service was great and came quickly, we also requested water and they sent up a jug along with two glasses with ice & lemon.
I enjoyed a pot of Elderflower & Lemon loose leaf tea.
We also drank Guinness, a must when in Ireland surely? I enjoyed mine with a splash of blackcurrant squash.
Spencer's bar meal - blue cheese burger with barbecue sauce and Irish cashel blue cheese.
My bar meal - Sneem pork sausages & mash Local pork sausages in rich onion gravy on creamed mashed potato. My only disappointment with this is that it came with normal mash and not Colcannon, being in Ireland I had expected Colcannon, aside from this it was delicious.
Light (!!) bite bar meal - Chicken sandwiches Thankfully we only ordered one round of sandwiches to share as we were only a little peckish. We couldn't believe the size of this when it came over, three pieces of bread filled with chunky chicken. It was so nice that despite not being particularly hungry we didn't leave a scrap.
Irish breakfast - our package included breakfast on both mornings of our stay. They had a great choice including an hot Irish breakfast, a continental selection, cereals and Irish porridge. This was all serve yourself so you could eat as much as you liked. There were plenty of healthy options available including a station with yoghurt and fruit, they also had a range of gluten free choices. The one thing that both myself and Spencer noticed was the lack of beans, but we are accustomed to the typical full English breakfast.
As you can see we managed to sample quite a good range of the food during our short stay (of course!) and we couldn't pick a fault with any of it. The service was fantastic every single time, the food was always presented well (apart from when we put our own breakfast together and just throw it all on the plate!) and every meal was absolutely delicious.