Three new hotels and restaurants added to Ireland's Blue Book
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Three new properties have been added to Ireland's Blue Book for 2022.
The book is a list of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants of a high quality across the country.
There were 11 founding members when the book was first released, but that list has grown to nearly 60 today.
The three properties added to the list are Cashel Palace Hotel in Tipperary, Browns Bonds Hill in Derry and the rental property, The Wicklow Escape.
The announcement for the updated list was made at an event in the Virgina Park Lodge in Cavan.
The Cashel Palace Hotel is currently undergoing a major restoration process since 2017, but is set to reopen its doors in March 2022. The hotel itself is located by the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, with bedrooms, suites, gardens, spas, restaurants and a Guinness bar.
“As a previous member of the Blue Book the Cashel Palace is absolutely delighted to have the honour of being a member of this prestigious collection once again,” said manager of Cashel Palace Hotel, Adriaan Bartels.
Browns Bonds Hill has won several awards for their food, including the Restaurant Association of Ireland's "Best Restaurant in Ulster" and Tourism NI's "Best Food Tourism Experience". Patron chef Ian Orr is regularly featured as a chef on television, most recently with UTV Life and BBC's Saturday Kitchen. The restaurant overlooks Derry's Peace Bridge, and is regularly featured in the Michelin Guide as a top place to eat.
The Wicklow Escape is an 18th century mountain lodge that's been restored to offer accommodation and dining for guests. Patrons can book a three day stay in the lodge, where they will be treated to five course tasting meals every day, made by a chef using local ingredients. There is also a hot tub available which uses spring water from the Wicklow mountains themselves.