Get a taste of Spain at The Winery this winter

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Chef Nathan Timmons

The Winery on Asna Square, in the heart of Clonakilty, is a venue for all seasons. Catching the afternoon and late evening sun, its outdoor tables buzzed all Summer long, as customers enjoyed leisurely conversations over a glass of wine and a plate of tapas. Now, as the winter evenings draw in, the crowd has moved indoors, where a blazing fire and cozy corners provide instant atmosphere.

It is the aforementioned tapas that have really gotten people talking in the last six months. With a mix of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes to choose from, this Spanish way of eating works as just a quick bite to keep you going, or order several dishes together for a full meal with plenty of variety.

Just a couple of the meat options include ‘Serrano ham and Manchego cheese croquets with allioli’ or ‘Spicy and crispy honey glazed chicken wings with blue cheese dip’. Fish lovers will drool over the ‘Tiger prawns woked in garlic, fresh chilli and olive oil served with warm bread’ or the ‘Crisp fried calamari with mild chilli salsa. If you’re a vegetarian, do not leave without trying the ‘Courgette and feta fritters with yogurt dip. There are many more tasty tapas options to choose from.

Chef Nathan Timmons explains where he gets his inspiration from, “As a young boy growing up in England, I learned at an early age that quality food was an essential ingredient to good living as I watched my parents prepare culinary masterpieces from scratch. My parents weren’t avid travellers but they were experimental with food and instilled in me the importance of experiencing the many diverse cuisines from around the globe.

“When I qualified as a chef, I moved to Spain for a while, to a small town near Granada. There I spent my days learning and helping out in my then girlfriend’s family-run delicatessen and tapas restaurant. This gave me great inspiration and a love for Spanish food and culture. As a chef for over 20 years, I’ve been expanding and perfecting (I hope) the different styles and flavours of food that you get from the various regions in Spain.

“Now a member of the team in The Winery, I’ve been given the opportunity to showcase some of what Spain has to offer in a way that is both traditional and modern. I feel that tapas have started to take off in lreland in big way, with bars popping up all over the place.

“Going forward I intend to grow what we have started here in the Winery. I plan to introduce new, Spanish influenced dishes to our specials boards and pair wines that complement the food. This will hopefully give the customer an experience to remember while dining with us.”

Owner Brian Dillon is looking forward to the Christmas season, as The Winery is a popular choice for get-togethers of friends who are home for the holidays, and the place hums with chat and laughter all week long. Brian is planning several nights of musical entertainment too, keep an eye on posters in the window for what’s coming up.

The Winery also serves lunch, coffee and cake, so whatever the time of day and whatever the weather, call in for a flavour of Spain served up with a warm Clonakilty welcome. The Winery is more than just a place — it’s an experience!

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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”.

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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.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

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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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

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.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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