Festive fun on the new look menu at The Winery

Posted on: 3rd January, 2014

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

The Winery on Asna Square in Clonakilty has reopened after its makeover in time for the Christmas party season. A new hot Tapas evening menu and improved seating for groups means it’s an ideal spot for party goers who want a relaxed, but still special celebration.

winery2After three years in business, and following the revamp of the square last year, owner Aidan Harte decided it was time for a little change. And having trained at the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, he wanted a kitchen that would finally allow him put his exciting menu plans into action. With the help of Edge Architecture, Clonakilty and interior designer Sarah McCarthy, Skibbereen, the results are impressive. But best of all, The Winery has retained all the character and charm that has made it a long time favourite with people throughout West Cork.

Aidan said:  “I wanted to expand my lunch and Tapas menus and offer breakfast but was caught by a lack of kitchen space. A few small changes has made much better use of the space and given me room I needed.”

Breakfast is now available from 9am and includes everything from scones, pastries, omelettes and porridge with in-house fruit compote. To offset any January blues, Aidan will also be offering Sunday brunch after Christmas.

For lunch, choose from soups, tarts, sandwiches, salads and seasonal dishes that currently include Beef Bourguigon and Toulouse Cassoulet.

Aidan added: “Menus are concise, but will be changed regularly with an emphasis on quality, local produce.”

The vibe changes in the evening to Tapas-style dining, which is ideal for an informal night out with friends or for a straight-after-work meet up. Choose from small bites (olives, nuts and anchovies bites); hot Tapas (Patatas Bravas, stuffed peppers, chorizo, mini burgers) or cold Tapas (meats, cheeses and tortillas).

Made for sharing, they all complement the wide choice of wines and beers. Of course excellent coffee from Cork’s Badger & Dodo and great in house cakes are available at any time of the day or night — and taste even better by the blazing fires.

The Winery takes service seriously — but not itself — and Aidan, and his wife Emma and staff always have time for a friendly chat!

Visit them on Asna Square for some festive fun.

*The Winery can tailor parties, for Christmas and all year round, to meet specific needs and budgets.

For reservations call 087 1472150 or find The Winery on Facebook.

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Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

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Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

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Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

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Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

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