How is everybody? I hope you’re all having a nice weekend!
We’re having a lovely time. I celebrated my 30th birthday on Friday. My hubs and I ventured out the Wild Atlantic Way, and stayed in the Old Bank Townhouse, in Kinsale. The Old Bank is the partner hotel of the Blue Haven, and features individually decorated rooms, which are done in a Georgian style. It has a bit of a boutique feel to it, and the decor is tasteful and unique.
The hotel is super central, is near to all the local amenities and is in the thick of Kinsale’s many pubs and restaurants. However, don’t stay here if you intend on kicking back and watching some telly, or if you want to relax in some luxury bathing facilities. I can’t speak for all the rooms, but the low pressure water that we had in ours barely got us washed, and the microscopic TV didn’t even have local channels, but all that aside we had a very pleasant stay, and took in some amazing views.
There are sooooo many good bars and scrummy restaurants to choose from in Kinsale, which is a town that is famous for its seafood. We ate in Crackpots, a rustic, French style restaurant, which has many random, but beautiful, works of art exhibited on its walls. The stunning crockery used on the tables is hand made by the restaurant’s owner, which is a unique and lovely touch.
Now for the nom noms. I just had a main course because I’m trying to diet, but I can honestly say that the Pumpkin and Fennel Risotto is one of the nicest dishes I have tasted in all of my 30 years. Jason had onion soup to start (nice, but not everyone’s bowl of soup) and a steak for mains. No complaints from him, I’d say he would have eaten the plate if he could have.
The restaurant also features a piano bar on a Thursday and Friday night, the only piano bar in Munster! There is also an art gallery over the restaurant, and the pottery used on the tables is also available to purchase.
The ambiance was really warm, and we had such a lovely few hours there. I would highly recommend it, and will be going back there to eat again asap! Be sure to make a reservation though, as we didn’t have one and could definitely have used more time (for dessert, mmmmmmmm).
We sampled several (too many) of the local pubs. There was some amazing live music being played. There was a lot of trad, which I actually really enjoyed because I was on my holidays, and it’s nice to feel immersed in a culture, even if it’s my own, when on a break away. I really liked Hamlet’s Bar, the Folk House Bar and the Blue Haven. There are lots of watering holes there anyway, so you’re sure to find something to entertain you.
Beware, however, that the dress code is a little casual. I had packed an LBD, but didn’t end up wearing it, as all the people I spotted out and about were dressed in laid back, quality pieces.
We didn’t get up to much touristing, as we were on the clock, but we did see some of the beautiful little shops and galleries, which sell arts, crafts, Aran jumpers and trinkets. My favourite of these was a pretty little gallery called Stone Mad, which sells an abundance of gorgeous glittery things, and some stylish accessories. We also got a couple of gorgeous smoothies from a little juice bar called SuBar. Again, they were just too scrumptious for words!
I would definitely, definitely recommend a break away in Kinsale. I know I have a bit of a love affair with Cork, but Kinsale really is a gorgeous little seaside town, with lots to offer. I nearly need another holiday after it, but it was fab!
Where do you guys like to take a mini break?