Castleknock Hotel 4-star hotel and golf course, right on the doorstep of Dublin city was the belle of the ball last night on the Dublin food scene as it launched their two new refurbished restaurants: Earth & Vine and 22 Bar & Restaurant. The glamourous celebration played host to number of guests from the Irish world of sport, entertainment, business and local community, all gathering for the debut of the two establishments.

Joining General Manager Guy Thompson and his team to mark the occasion were special guests including Irish models January Winters and Louise O’Reilly, and legendary host Marty Whelan.

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Nuala Ryan & host Marty Whelan

Guests were treated to a sneak preview of some of the menus dishes to come including: Ardsallagh Goats Cheese Marshmallow, Atlantic Brill Parcel and Mulhuddart Braised Beef Cheeks.

The two establishments offer guests and diners alike the option of upscale contemporary dining in the Earth & Vine restaurant and more casual dining in 22 Bar & Restaurant. Earth & Vine follows the farm to fork concept, taking traditional ingredients produced by some of Ireland’s best artisan producers and championing them through their expertly prepared dishes. While 22 Bar & Restaurant draws its inspiration from southern Italy and Sicily, with simple, trattoria style cooking, that, similar to Earth & Vine, allows the ingredients and their flavour to take centre stage on the plate.

Executive Head Chef, a regular on TV3’s Saturday AM Neal Kearns also gave a live cooking demonstration, with the help of very special guest, actor Simon Delaney. Simon was a finalist in this year’s Celebrity Masterchef and has recently written his first cookbook – Simply Simon’s: the Diner Cookbook.


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Actor Simon Delaney and Executive Head Chef Neal Kearns


Resident mixologist Andrew Sherlock also treated guests to a cocktail masterclass featuring signature cocktails from both menus, including a Passion Fruit Caipiroska, Ronnefeldt Cooler and The Solero

“We are really excited to showcase our new restaurants, Earth & Vine and 22 Bar & Restaurant” General Manager Guy Thompson, “our Executive Head Chef Neal Kearns and his team take great pride in bringing guests and visitors to the hotel on a special food journey and have spent considerable time developing these two new menus, which feature the best of Irish food and ingredients but with a Castleknock twist.”

Definitely sounds like one worth checking out, you can visit the two establishments in the Castleknock Hotel & golf course

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