In a long overdue blog update, it is a pleasure to recall a lovely night of food and frolics with my mum in Killarney recently. Arguably the jewel in Kerry’s crown, the dull misty afternoon did nothing to dampen the spirit of the bustling tourist town. A blazing fire and friendly smile provided welcome refuge from the relentless drizzle in The Ross, a town centre hotel with a feminine and funky charm.
Check in was smooth and who could argue with an assortment of sugary treats and a glass of something bubbly (adult style), to begin a stress free relaxing evening.
The rooms are modern and furnished to a very high quality, and while I just don’t get the need for a window into the en-suite, there was a least a blind to protect one’s modesty!!! The room scores bonus points for quality toiletries, great pillows and free water. A nice view of the little neighbourhood church and the gentle clip clop of passing horse and carts, were a lovely backdrop for a Prosecco toast.
After a wander around the gift shops and the purchase of a few little treats, we decided that a pre-dinner cocktail was well deserved. Back at the hotel, and glammed up a little, we passed through the Pink Lounge (a comfy space specialising in gin and champagne) to The Lane Bar, which sports an impressive cocktail menu. A Daiquiri and a Mojito later and our appetites were ready to be sated.
Dinner was just a little wander downstairs to the Cellar 1 restaurant. With the soft sounds of the piano in the background and a crisp cool SauvignonBlanc, we were looking forward to seeing what culinary delights were on offer.
To start we went for Chargrilled Lamb Patties and steamed Asian style mussels. Both were well executed and the lamb dish in particular was a huge hit.
We followed this with one pasta dish and a cod and calamari main course. The quality of both was high and it was a lovely relaxing meal, with attentive service and generous portions. We wondered if we would have room for dessert, but chose unsurprisingly to be martyrs to the sweet treats. Sticky toffee pudding and an exquisite rhubarb and strawberry crumble were a lovely end to a satisfying meal.
And then, on a Friday night in Ireland, all that remained to be done was track down a trad music session where tourists and locals combined to sip a pint of black, tap feet rhythmically and clap hands vigorously. It was a really enjoyable night away in a hotel that I would heartily recommend.