Kickstart Galway Races with First Furlong at The Ardilaun

It is that time of year again when we are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year will be our 5th annual event in conjunction with The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 28th July at the hotel.

Kicking off at 12 noon with a sparkling drinks reception and entertainment by the Guinness Jazz Band, guests can dress up for the Races, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with wine, followed by fabulous fashion with Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring some of Galway’s most popular milliners. There will be after dinner entertainment, a treat not to be missed, with prizes for “First Past the Post Raciest Lady” and “Bookies Favourite Gent”, sponsored by Anthony Ryans and Diamonds by Julia.

George McDonagh Racing Tipster will be on hand to give racing tips, so you can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy a complimentary shuttle to transfer you and your guests to and from the Racetrack to make the first race for this evening meeting, with complimentary entry to the racecourse also. Alternatively relax and chill out in Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro with large screens featuring the Galway Races from Ballybrit.

Watch some of last years excitement here.

Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €75 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433; or alternatively book the overnight package by clicking here.

 

Francis Brennan ‘At Your Service’ for Annual BPW Summer Lunch in aid of Childline Galway at The Ardilaun Hotel  

Francis Brennan, well known hotelier, author and star of “At Your Service” TV programme on RTÉ will speak at this year’s BPW Galway Summer Lunch.

Plans are well advanced for the popular event, which will take place here in The Ardilaun Hotel on Friday, 15th May.  The day will start with a Prosecco reception at 12 noon, followed by a 4-course sumptuous lunch with wine. A Raffle in aid of Childline Galway promises some fabulous prizes.  Then, while away the afternoon to the Music of The Marley Road Band from 4pm into early evening.

Speaking at the launch, President of BPW Galway, Moyra McMahon said; ‘The BPW Members and Guests are looking forward to hearing from Francis Brennan; Ireland’s much-loved hospitality business guru.  Every business, regardless of sector or size, will benefit from Francis’ attention to detail, stellar customer service, style and energy.’

BPW Galway is grateful to Francis for giving his time and expertise to this event which will benefit the important work of ISPCC/Childline Galway

Speaking on behalf of the charity, which has just come through an emergency appeal for funds to keep its night-time service open, Carmen Taheny Corporate Fundraising Executive said; ‘We are delighted Childline Galway is going to benefit from the proceeds of the raffle from this year’s BPW Summer Lunch event. Childline Galway answered 32, 829 calls in 2014 and currently has 32 volunteers with 14 in training. These funds will make a difference to many children’s lives in Galway City and County.’

Tickets are priced at  Members €60 and are available by searching www.eventbrite.com or by emailing bpwsummerlunch2015@gmail.com For more information contact Moyra on 086 265 6021

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Daffodil Day Coffee Morning

The Ardilaun Hotel in association with the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society are organising a coffee morning this Friday 20th March between 10.30am and 12 noon where all proceeds of the event go directly to this worthwhile charity.

All are welcome to attend and customers are asked to donate €3 to the Irish Cancer Society for Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee accompanied by Fresh Homemade Fruit & Chocolate Chip Scones all baked inhouse by the kitchen team at The Ardilaun. For anyone interested in attending the coffee morning or supporting the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society, please contact Maria Kelly at The Ardilaun on: 091 519795.

The Ardilaun staff are decorating the Hotel reception area with posters, balloons and daffodils creating awareness of Daffodil Day as well as selling daffodil pins and keyrings on the day.  Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society’s major fundraising day supporting cancer patient care and information services across the country. It’s a day for all of us to come together and pin a daffodil to the nation, giving hope and support to people affected by cancer in Ireland. Funds from Daffodil Day ensure that certain  families all around Ireland had a specialist night nurse in their home in their time of need.. so we want to help them more for 2015 and we are supporting them to help them reach this target. For more information visit the events page on facebook.

A New Afternoon Tea Offering From The Ardilaun Just in Time For Mother’s Day

Tradition, hospitality and old world charm are synonymous with the luxurious Ardilaun Hotel, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy an indulgent Afternoon Tea. The new Afternoon Tea menu will not disappoint. Head Chef David O’Donnell has carefully chosen local artisan ingredients to produce an Afternoon Tea menu that combines classic delicacies in a contemporary style. A staple of Afternoon Tea, scones come with added flourish ‘Cuinneog Buttermilk Sultana and Chocolate Scones Served with Irish Mist and Berry Jam, Vanilla Mascarpone and Cuinneog Butter’. Finger sandwiches take a classic and elevate it to include local producers McGeoghs Air Dried Lamb, Cornamona Smoked Salmon, the humble cheese sarnie is transformed into ‘Chargrilled Cereal Bread with Beetroot and Pink Peppercorn Hummus, Aran Feta Cheese, Arugula Leaves, Caramelized Apple and Pumpkin Seed Oil”.

“My inspiration for the new Ardilaun Afternoon Tea comes from when I was younger, my grandmother and I used to bake together. At the time, I didn’t think it would evolve into my full time vocation, but after landing the role of working in the kitchen of a busy hotel in my early career and spending time on various sections, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do more. Over the years, I have learned that guests come to expect sweet menu items including Afternoon Tea to be more creative, so you can push the boat out a little more and design dishes that are daring and imaginative. Starters and main courses are generally eaten for sustenance, whereas sweet menu items are considered treats. So, I am of the mind-set that if our guests are treating themselves to a dessert or an Afternoon Tea experience, I want to treat them with something special, unusual and memorable alongside a selection of specialty teas and coffees”.

Sweet treats are indeed special and include Grand Marnier Cheese Cake Verrine with Nutty Biscuit Crumbs, Condensed Milk Crisp, and Galway Bay Brewery Chocolate Milk Stout Cake with Muscovado and Malt Cream plus many more.

The Ardilaun Afternoon Tea will be available every day from Saturday 14th March, just in time for Mothers Day and must be booked in advance. It is available between 3pm and 5:00pm and cost €35 for two, or for an extra indulgence add two glasses of Prosecco for €50.

Book early to avoid disappointment phone 091 521 433 or purchase online www.theardilaunhotel.ie for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

 

 

Ardilaun scoops Gold at National Accommodation Hospitality Awards

The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway are delighted to scoop the Gold Medal Award for the first time at the Irish Accommodation Services Institute Awards (IASI) ceremony held in Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan recently in the four star hotel category, especially having achieved the silver award almost every year since 1990, when The Ardilaun first became accredited with it.

IASI is a national body representing the professional interest of the Accommodation industry in Ireland and was founded in 1985. Its members include Accommodation Managers, Supervisors and all personnel working in the accommodation field. It is a very active in promoting best practice standards across accommodation, it provides a forum to meet and network with other professionals in our field of work. A record 100 businesses entered the IASI Awards this year with nominees from hotels, hospitals, nursing  homes, colleges and schools throughout Ireland.

Accommodation Manager Anne Kelly, one of the longest serving members of staff at The Ardilaun Hotel said “the awards scheme is a very useful benchmark for accommodation providers throughout the country. We are delighted and honoured to have secured this prestigious awards programme, considering the significant number of other high profile hotels that have also competed for the Awards”.

The Ardilaun Hotel received this worthy accolade on the merit for achieving excellence in accommodation service standards for quality, hygiene and cleanliness of its bedrooms and public areas, and upon receiving this with Gold status the property has to get 95% plus in their inspection, which the hotel and their accommodation team achieved.

John Ryan Managing Director of The Ardilaun Hotel noted: “As a family owned and managed hotel, The Ardilaun celebrates its 53rd year on St. Patrick’s Day and are very proud and thrilled to have been awarded with Gold Status this year by IASI. This award reflects the true values of The Ardilaun Hotel and each staff member of the Accommodation team. We continuously strive to serve all of our guests to the highest standards with great care and attention and this award is testament to our aim.  All the credit goes to the team who, each day, make all our guests feel so welcomed. It is proven the cleanliness and condition of the bedrooms are the most important factors in customer satisfaction ratings”.

Many of our guests are now familiar faces at The Ardilaun as they return to stay with us year after year.”

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The Ardilaun Hotel To Launch ‘The Ardilaun Bistro’

The Ardilaun Hotel is a well known and much loved landmark hotel and leisure club. The hotel is known for it’s service, it’s family-run warmth and it’s stunning location and grounds. The Ardilaun also adds outstanding food to its list of qualities – with the launch of The Ardilaun Bistro this quality is set to become even more prevalent.

Executive Head Chef, David O’Donnell has headed up the kitchen team in The Ardilaun across all it’s food offering: the fine dining restaurant The Camilaun, the events and wedding catering and the soon-to-launch The Ardilaun Bistro – a casual bistro-style restaurant, previously known as Blazers Bistro. David has held senior positions in high profile hotels such as Knockranny House Hotel, Mount Juliet and The Heritage.

David explains,  “We saw that there was a gap in the market for a restaurant/bistro within a hotel which feature local artisan food producers. We have strong relationships with suppliers who focus on the quality and consistency in what they produce.  We are focusing on utilizing the seasons and we incorporate what is in season into the menus which enables us to come up with some amazing combinations.  We work with Le Petit Delice which provides us with for freshly baked bread everyday.”

The Ardilaun Bistro will launch at the end of this month ( 30th January).  The Bistro will be open for lunch from 12:30pm to 4pm and dinner from 5:30pm to 9pm.  The 60-seater restaurant will feature a menu which highlights some of the best ingredients produced locally and in the west of Ireland.

Diners can expect lunch time eats such as French Style Tartines for a light bite (including Cornamona Hot Smoked Salmon with Fisherman Bread with Cornamona Hot Smoked ,Salmon, Fennel and Dill Cream Cheese, Pickled Cucumber Ribbons or Rye Bread with “8hr Cooked” Castlemine Farm Pork Shoulder, Avocado Puree, Celeriac and Apple Salsa, Candied Pecan Crumbs).

Lunch menu mains include Eamonn Giblin Venison Pie  (Claremorris Fallow Deer with Sweet Potatoes, Leeks, Thyme and Ballyhoura Mushrooms Topped with Achill Sea Salt and Cumin Scented Pastry) or the renowned Ardilaun Beef Burger (Chargrilled Steak Burger with Beef Tomato,  Arugula Leaves and Jalapeño Relish,  Aran Dillisk Gouda Cheese) served on a Brioche Cereal Bap and Side Salad or Orecchiette Pasta (fresh pasta tossed with Aubergine Caviar, Rocket, Roasted Bell Peppers, Gabriel Faherty’s Feta Cheese, Carragh’s Micro Greens and Flat Leaf Parsley Pesto).

The Evening Menu served from 5:30pm to  9pm is just as impressive, dishes to entice include Achill Mountain Lamb (Juniper Scented Pressed Belly and 6hr Braised Shoulder “Bon Bons” with Sweet Potato And Smoked Gubeen Puree, Buttered Romanesco and Braising Jus Infused with Port) or Rossaveal Hake (Pan Roasted Fillet of Hake on Sea Spaghetti with Linguine Pasta, Purple Potatoes and Vine Tomato Concassee, Chervil and Pernod Cream), Kilmore Quay Scallops and Kelly’s Surf Clams (Dillisk Scented Seared Scallops with Wild Surf Clams with Butternut Squash, Leek and Fennel Fondue, Dillisk, Lemon and Vermouth Butter Cream).

Desserts take on life of their own under pastry chef Lorraine Mullen in The Ardilaun Bistro, one signature dish is sure to set chocolate lovers heart’s racing Michel Cluizel Chocolate Truffle Torte (“Elainza Noir” Chocolate Truffle Torte Served with Dulce de Leche, O’Malley Honey and Irish Mist Ice Cream, Pistachio Tuille and Caramel Gel).

John Ryan Managing Director of The Ardilaun Hotel says, “We are thrilled to be launching our new extensive dining experience at The Ardilaun Bistro, partnering with local Irish artisan producers in bringing Galway a very new and unique taste”.

The Ardilaun Bistro will launch 30th January.  For more news and updates, and exclusive competitions follow on Twitter @ArdilaunBistro or find ‘The Ardilaun Hotel’ on Facebook.

 

The Ardilaun Hotel – Sponsors of the Listed Oyster Stakes at the Autumn meeting of the Galway Races

The Autumn meeting of the Galway Race begins Monday 8th September for three days, consisting of 21 races, both flat and national hunt races. One of the highlights of the racing festival will be the Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes, which takes place on the first day of the races, Monday 8th September, which is now in its twenty third year. Celebrating fifty two years in business this year, the Ryan family of The Ardilaun Hotel first became associated with this prestigious race in 1991 and have continued their support over the years.

Since 1991 when this race was first introduced, well-The Ardilaun Races Launch JR and Jessica and Ulestro the Horseknown and highly acclaimed trainers, jockeys and owners have chosen to enter this race, one of only two listed races in the Galway Racing calendar. As far back as 1969 Paddy Ryan, who sadly passed away was a member of the Race committee when the decision was made to add the Autumn meeting to the racing calendar, creating an extra attraction in an effort to prolong the Galway tourist season; drawing visitors and tourists to the region from all over Ireland and abroad.

‘The Galway race course is a superb asset to the Galway region, attracting visitors to stay and enjoy the area and providing a great source of revenue to all sectors. Galway has benefited greatly over the years and the Ardilaun are pleased to be associated with it,’ said John Ryan, Managing Director of the Ardilaun Hotel,’ We are certainly looking forward to another great day’s racing.’

The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes is a flat race open to colts, geldings and fillies who are three years old or more. Over the years the cream of the stables, trainers and owners have participated in this race with regular entries from leading trainers John Oxx who won last year, Dermot Weld, Aidan O’Brien, Kevin Prendergast, Jim Bolger and Mark Johnston.

Over the years The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes has drawn entries from internationally renowned owners such as Aga Khan, Godolphin Enterprise,

Moyglare Stud, John Magnier and Lady Clague.

This year – The Ardilaun Hotel are offering races ticket giveaway promotion to the first 50 guests that purchase lunch or dinner to the value of €20 or more in Blazers Bar & Bistro or lunch in Camilaun Restaurant between now and Sunday 7th September, and tickets are issued on proof of purchase, with one ticket per person.

This races meeting is also very popular with people involved in the tourist industry who may not have been available to attend during the Summer.

The Ardilaun Hotel is announced as a Finalist for the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 2014

The finalists for the 26th Hotel & Catering ReviewAnnual Gold Medal Awards have been announced. Judged by industry experts, the awards recognise and reward excellence in hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, spas, clubs and catering operations across theisland of Ireland. The awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin (formerly the Burlington Hotel) on Monday 22nd September from 6.30pm.

2014 marks the second year that the award-winning events team at Ashville Media Group has managed these awards. During this period, the event has grown considerably since 2012. This year’s awards are made up of 25 categories with over 85 premises across Ireland making the shortlist.  Nominations were strong across all categories and The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway is delighted to be nominated as one of six finalists for the Wine Experience Category nationally.

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Tracey Carney, Event Director says: “The calibre of entries this year was incredible and we’re delighted to see such a strong offering in our hospitality industry – it bodes extremely well for the tourism sector and for our economy as a whole. The judges have a tough task ahead of them, but their expertise will help identify the cream of the crop in Irish hospitality, and those whose efforts deserved to be recognised and awarded in this way. I wish all the finalists the very best of luck and we’re looking forward to a great night of celebration at the awards’.  For a full list of all categories and finalists please visit the Awards website at www.hotelandcateringreview.ie/awards.