Lunch at Longueville House, Mallow

I go very spoilt for lunch last Sunday! I had work in the morning and instead of worrying about what to cook for lunch, my two boys took me to Longueville House in Mallow – just about 40 min outside Cork.
Longueville is quite famous for their cider and brandy and the manor house is a very popular wedding venue.   The 500-acre estate is just magical and a great backdrop for special occasions.

For Sunday lunch, you have a entrée and a desert buffet – which is a fabulous idea! We got to try many different dishes and almost rolled out of the restaurant – stuffed and happy! We had the venison with polenta and a divine red wine sauce. The venison was cooked over an open Oakwood fire and the smoky flavour went a long way. The desert selection was excellent as well – home grown strawberries with mint, lavender crème brulee, a lemon crème with raspberries, a  gooseberry and a chocolate tart to name only a few. Do I need to say more? Divine! And you could finish that off with a nice selection of delicious cheeses! Heaven!

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The Georgian Longueville House hotel is situated in a 500-acre estate and as well as the manor house, producing cider and brandy, William and Aisling O’Callaghan are also running a farm and a productive walled garden supplying the kitchen with whatever is in season. It is very warm and welcoming and once you step through the front door you feel like the time has stopped here. The oldest part of the house was built in 1720 by the Longuefield family and in 1969 it was opened to the public as a Bed and Breakfast.