Maryborough Hotel is set in well-matured grounds with large trees and shrubbery surrounding the beautifully manicured and well-kept lawns. If I hadn’t known otherwise, I would have thought that I was in the middle of the countryside and not the heart of suburbia a short distance from the centre of Ireland’s second city.
The hotel’s Bellini Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and is renowned for the quality of food on offer. The restaurant is surprisingly large but due to some clever architectural planning and Art Deco inspired interiors it has a lovely sophisticated and intimate feel. It struck me that this would be the perfect place for a romantic meal.
A Bread Selection was first to arrive and included white sourdough, a traditional soda bread and a particularly delicious tomato and fennel seed bread. These were served with a vibrantly coloured homemade pesto and Irish butter topped with nigella seeds - an unusual and rather addictive addition that I really liked.
We ordered a side of Steamed Market Greens, Soy, Sesame & Mirin Glaze (€4) which echoed the oriental flavours that appeared on both our main course dishes.
We decided to share a dessert and were both delighted with the freshness and palate cleansing properties of the colourful looking Pineapple Carpaccio with Coconut Ice-Cream (€7) with its scattering of jewel like pomegranate seeds. This was a simple dish but the perfect finish to a very enjoyable meal.
The Maryborough has an impressive wine list with many available by the glass. From it we chose a Chablis AC Domaine Charly Nicolle (€9.50 per glass) which was dry with an underlying steely minerality that went particularly well with my sea bass main.
After our meal we retired to the adjoining Bellini’s Bar for a night cap before saying our goodbyes. I headed back up to my room and after a long soak in the bath, feeling well-fed, happy and relaxed I climbed into my large bed and had one of the best night’s sleep that I have had in a long time.
The hotel also has a spa with a cool, contemporary feel which provides a haven of tranquillity for guests. A number of spa treatments and are on offer and facilities include a rock sauna, vitality pool, heated lounges, lifestyle showers and an ice fountain. I didn't get the chance to visit Maryborough’s Spa on this visit but had previously tried out some of the treatments on offer and can confirm that it is well worth booking into.
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Maryborough Hotel & Spa
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