10 Great Gourmet Getaways… here is our pick of great accommodations for food lovers – Irish Examiner, June 2021

Roundwood House, Co. Laois

Every evening at 8pm, chef owner Paddy Flynn, rings the gong in the reception hall of Roundwood House and announces that dinner is about to be served. Aperitif glasses tinkle as guests make their way to the intimate dining room to enjoy Roundwood’s knock-out candlelight dinner – sans pretension.

Focussed on great local producers from Laois and neighbouring Offaly, dishes here include seared fig with mint labneh, hummus, maple glazed carrot and harissa vinaigrette followed by roast lamb loin with blueberry sauce, sweet potato & roast garlic purée, seared asparagus and duck fat roast Potatoes.

Overnighting in this Palladian family-home is a dream, as is the overall ambiance thanks to warm hosting from Paddy’s wife Hannah, their two daughters, and a supporting act of two pet dogs and Brewster the resident rooster. A real gem.

Stay with dinner and breakfast from €150pps roundwoodhouse.com

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