As is normally the case on a bank holiday, we the family (minus the youngest) headed off for a weekend of orienteering. The Shamrock oringen is held bi-annually in Cork and Kerry, and this year Glengariff was the centre of operations. I know from experience at this stage to book accommodation early as it fills up quickly, and thanks to another orienteering mum on the same mission, we got into a quiet set of holiday homes called Ardnagashel woods.
Robert had gone on ahead on the Friday so Nigel and myself packed up and headed off Friday evening. The GPS said 2 1/2 hrs which was less than we thought. We were planning to eat on the way and had mutually decided to get past Cork first, but as we went further and further west, and it got later and later, it was looking like we were going to be having boiled egg for dinner- and nothing wrong with that!
Then just as we turned onto the road close to our accommodation, there was a hotel (Ouvane Falls Hotel) at the side of the road, and even though it was after nine, we chanced our arm. They were very nice, and said we could have any of the starters and desserts but had to choose the steak or the fish. Which was fine with us. We both had the steaks, which were really very good, the salad was freshly prepared, and the sauces lovely. Robert joined us half way through the meal and gallantly finished my steak, leaving me *sigh* to finish my wine.
Dessert looked interesting; coffee, yogurt mousse cake, Guinness cake with Jameson frosting and pistachio custard. But they were actually quite disappointing, although perfectly edible. The cake in particular was not what we expected, as I make a similar cake to this the texture we expected was sponge, the texture we got was much closer and solid. Robert made the best choice, of crème brulee.
But being fair, the restaurant was lovely, the staff friendly and the chef came out to check us also.
The accommodation, in my opinion, was built during the Celtic Tiger years, as holiday homes go it was very spacious, and mostly modern throughout. There was the added bonus of horses outside the window, which kept me amused as I finally finished filing my Ballymaloe course work to my satisfaction.
I had made an enormous slow cooked beef cheek stew for dinner for the hungry hoardes served with mashed potatoes (there was no masher so Nigel improvised), and finished with Tiramisu I had made in the morning. Perfect.
West Cork is SO beautiful. On the Sunday afternoon we visited the bamboo park, as requested by R. The weather had improved greatly on Saturday, and I got some lovely shots of the coastline.
Then off to Blairs Cove Restaurant for dinner to catch up with class mate Chris Woodward and his wife, Anne. And that requires a whole post to itself!