SHOP WITH THE CHEF FOR A GAELIC FEAST AT
Ashford Castle is inviting guests to experience a special ‘Seafood Appreciation Week.’ Set for February 28 – March 6, 2011 and accompanied by Executive Chef Stefan Matz (pictured, below), guests will have the rare opportunity to visit local seafood suppliers and sample a wide selection of native fare, including prawns, scallops, lobster and various shellfish species native to the west of Ireland.
Recently voted ‘Top Resort in Europe’ by readers of Condé Nast Traveler (November 2010), Ashford Castle is located near western Ireland’s clear waters and unspoiled coastline, known not only for breathtaking views, but also for some of the world’s finest and freshest seafood.
A special two-night package is available for the nights of March 1st and 2nd or March 4th and 5th and includes:
Arrival: Welcome glass of Champagne
7.00pm: Dinner at leisure in the George V Dining Room
Full day tour of Connemara, escorted by a chef from Ashford Castle
10:00am: Depart for Cleggan
11:30am: Visit an oyster farm
12:30pm: Depart for Ballyconneely
1:00pm: Guided tour of the Connemara Smokehouse at the Bunowen Pier
1:30pm: Lunch sampling of Graham Roberts’ specialty products
3:00pm: Lobster fishing aboard a small local fishing trawler at the pier
5:30pm: Return to Ashford Castle
7:00pm: Gala 5-course seafood dinner in the George V dining room
8:00am: Breakfast followed by a fond farewell
Rates start at €385 per person (approximately US$535) and include breakfast each morning.
For more information, visit: www.ashford.ie
ABOUT ASHFORD CASTLE:
Ashford Castle, which dates back to 1228, is set on 350 acres of County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river and mountains. Recent awards and recognitions include being voted Best Resort in Ireland in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards, winning the 2010 Gold Medal from the Green Hospitality Awards and being among Trip Advisor’s 2010 top ten picks for European castle hotels.