Pure Bliss – Sunday World Article

DURING the height of Cold War paranoia in the 1970s, one of Europe’s most infamous spymasters arrived on these shores with a secret mission in mind. Colonel Albert Bachmann, a high-ranking officer in the Swiss military intelligence, took it upon himself to acquire a country manor in west Cork, where his government could rule in […]

I love to grow, pick and serve

LESS than five minutes’ drive from the bustling west Cork market town of Skibbereen is Liss Ard.   The elegant Georgian estate is nestled in 163 acres of gardens, peppered with unique vignettes such as James Turrell’s award-winning Sky Garden. The country house, built in 1856, is hidden from view until arriving virtually at its […]

A taste of Winter

The amuse bouchée at last night’s A Taste of Winter dining event at Liss Ard Estate – hand picked crab creme brûlée, Parmesan crisp and crab aioli is a sesame waffle cone.   The cone was a delight – pure crab flavour like a bisque mousse. The brûlée of chunky crab cream flavoured delicately with tarragon was unctuous and rich, but the Parmesan crisp […]

A taste of Romance 2018

Last night, Mr. Flavour and I headed to beautiful @lissard.estate and their A Taste of Romance tasting menu dinner. A Kir Royale reception preceded a monumental 8-course tasting menu peppered with ingredients that sang of Spring.   Chef @dannybarter and Sous @joshgraddon are a seriously creative duo who are not afraid to challenge the diners expectations and tastebuds. The series of […]