|Facing Lough Ramor|
The Border Bites crew booked in advance to have lunch here at the start of the Pumpkin Festival which is held every year in Virginia, Co. Cavan. After several weeks of an Indian Summer the autumn colour in the estate is spectacular and the renovations superb. The last time I was here years ago was when it was The Park Hotel. A faded, slightly shabby grand old lady with stiff linen and hotel food typical of that era in Ireland.
|Impressive pumpkin table display in the entrance hall|
|Huge fire place in the entrance hall|
|The lawn sloping down to the lake|
|Lovely bright airy marquee with views over lake|
|Pumpkin themed table centre piece|
|Raviolo and pumpkin soup|
|Pork two ways, pumpkin, celeriac|
|Red and green cabbage|
|Steamed pumpkin pudding with rum caramel ice cream|
|Petit fours with a pumpkin filling|
I had been looking forward to trying out the food here. I left impressed. We so badly need more of this in rural areas of Ireland instead of same old, same old menus appealing to the masses.