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Did you meet at the Galway Races?
Galway race week is renowned for its great racing, great craic and great form, but what about the form that happens away from Ballybrit! Over the year’s we have played host to some great romances here in the Ardilaun Hotel during race week and for many who met here we were also the lucky hosts then for their weddings throughout the years.
How do you best describe the atmosphere during Galway race week? Well, that’s a difficult question but I am fairly sure that if you could harness the energy during the week you would power a rocket to the moon and back. The friendships renewed each year, the welcome of the crowd and the buzz of the evenings is very unique to Galway. So it only follows that for many it was where a great romance began.
When you think of romantic locations for many their minds will go to Paris or Rome for others it will be the allure of New York, all great spots but if you are looking for heart and soul like no other place then it has to be Galway on race week. The roar of the crowd, the allure and style of the ladies, the young stallions all lined out and that’s only the fella’s, all the pulses racing, its like lightning in a bottle.
The Ryan family has a long-standing relationship with the Galway Racing Festival week. All jockeys, trainers, owners and their followers as well as the bookies will receive a warm welcome at The Ardilaun Hotel, as Taylor’s Hill gets into full race week form each night. Enjoy Ardilaun’s famous hospitality and join the racing crowd to celebrate the wins and meet familiar faces.
Live music and good food is in order with a super entertainment line-up with free live music nightly, with bands playing throughout the week including Guinness Jazz Band, Three Men & a Bass, Carmel Dempsey, topped off with raceweek piano legend Maurice entertaining nightly with his famous late night sing song to the early hours of the morning!
There will also be a special members night for the Ardilaun Leisure Club and friends too on this evening where the group will enjoy a night of fun following their evening’s racing at Ballybrit, all for €35 including transfers, entry into races and light refreshments.
Wining & Dining
During the day, experience the hotel’s new food offerings with The Ardilaun Bistro’s newly launched new Summer menus, extensive craft beer, wine and cocktail selection, featuring artisan food from local West of Ireland producers served each day. During raceweek, why not park the car, have lunch and get a bus to the races all for just €20 per person. The Award Winning AA Rosette Camilaun Restaurant is also offering full table d’hote menu, with specials daily and served until late each evening.
Avalon Beauty Salon
In order to look your best, the Avalon are offering Jane Iredale mineral make-up, file & polish for just €30 for July – for the races or that special occasion, call: 091 514708 for bookings. Check out Avalon’s latest midweek and post races packages here. So pamper yourself and get shopping now and vie for glory on the track at Ballybrit this Summer.
The message from the Ardilaun is come early so as not to be disappointed, the atmosphere is unlike any other time of year. Enjoy the luxury of free parking at the hotel, with some limited availability for accommodation, book online today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Summer has been welcomed with some exciting indoor and al fresco dining options at The Ardilaun Hotel.
The Ardilaun Bistro has launched a new summer menu introducing new dishes and featuring new suppliers such as Corleggy Cheese Belturbet Cavan, Sliabh Aughty Honey Loughrea, Nori Bake Connemara Food Ventures, Galway Goat Farm Dunmore, Beechlawn Organic Farm Ballinasloe and Achill Oysters and Cuinneog Dairy Mayo to complement an already extensive list of artisan food producers we have. The exciting new dishes which are deemed a ‘must try’ include Aran Baby Lemon Sole and Prawns – “on the bone” with sautéed samphire, spinach and prawns and a smoked cuinneog butter with capers and dill; Castlemine Farm Rare Breed Saddleback Port T-Bone Steak with butternut squash and thyme cream, cherry vine tomato confit, smoked black pudding crumbs, mustard seed and elderflower jus; plus many more enticing dishes.
Executive Head Chef David O’Donnell says, “We have introduced a number of new dishes that I feel represent summer in Galway, we have gone back to locality and created menus that are inspired by the local producers who have some amazing products which we complement by creating dishes that showcase their products and the hard work they put in to produce them”
The BBQ season at The Ardilaun is also launching this month with the barbecue options popular with corporate, private and family celebrations. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining in the hotel’s spacious surroundings. The unpredictable Irish summer weather is solved with an outdoor canopy and wall heaters. The carefully tended gardens at The Ardilaun are testament to Leo O’ Brien, the hotel’s passionate gardener of twenty six years. Leo has led the hotel to its success of winning Best Hotel Garden in the Tidy Towns Competition in the public and commercial buildings category for the past eleven years consecutively – every year since 2004 and for good reason.
Walk through the walled gardens and admire the work of the fourth class students of Scoil Rois, Taylors Hill. A new kitchen garden has been planted up featuring globe artichokes, radishes, courgettes, rocket and various types of lettuce including a large array of herbs and summer fruit like strawberries, raspberries, pears and rhubarb which are only some of the vegetables and fruit planted which play a role in the new menu at The Ardilaun Bistro.
Marketing Manager Maria Kelly said, ‘summer at The Ardilaun has always been a special time where families, clubs, societies, and other social groups come together to celebrate an occasion and we are delighted to have the beautiful surroundings and good food and service to offer the ideal venue and have happy memories of these events for years to come”.
Phone 091 521433 to book your next party or gathering.
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