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Harvest Feast

Sunday 15th October2017

2.30pm for 3.00pm

Hunting Lodge, Carrowdore Castle

£75.00 per Person

Join us for a fabulous four course menu with specially chosen wines within the fabulous grounds of Carrowdore Castle. This showcase event will highlight the very finest of local produce freshly harvested from Strangford Lough, its shores and from the heartlands of the Ards Peninsula.

On arrival we will stroll through the main castle garden to the fire pit room where our pre dinner course awaits us along with a glass of Champagne! Here we will be met by our hosts for the day Tom & Anna Liza Jennings, owners of this historic castle. We will also be met by our two chefs for the day, alias Jasper Castel and Nik Acheson from newly formed foodie company SmoQ.

Once we have settled, especially with the natural relaxing effects of Champagne! We will stroll to the hunting lodge where we will be seated to enjoy an array of serious food delights and incredible French wines all in good company whilst the craic flows as well as the amazing wines!

The finally will include another relaxing and short stroll to the vaulted cellars underneath the main building. Here we will be served an array of outstanding French Cheeses and further wine, of course... But Ladies don’t wonder alone as the grounds are also known to have a supernatural host who has a particular eye for all things female 

A little piece of history on the castle along with the menu & specially chosen wines awaits you, please read on…

Carrowdore Castle – A “magical place”

"The origins of the Castle date back to the medieval period when the O’Neill’s held lands there and used the area as favoured hunting grounds. At that time a hunting lodge of some type would have existed on this prominent site. 

Later the Huguenot family, De Cherois, originating in the Champagne region of France were granted the lands and began development of the Castle.  This culminated in Nicholas De Cherois Crommelin's completion of the Castle in 1818 which is how we see it today. The Castle was designed in the Georgian Gothic style, exemplified by such buildings as Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill near London and seen in parts of Castle Ward, County Down.

The Castle went through various owners over the next 150 years including being used as a school during the Second World War for children evacuated from Belfast as a result of the Blitz. 

In 1974 the Castle was bought by Dr Gerald Jennings who went about an extensive series of renovations creating a world class flat racing Stud farm on the site. 

Today Thomas Jennings, Gerald's eldest grandson, is the current custodian of this magical place. 

It is well known that the Castle has at least one ghost, sometimes referred to by local people as the 'man in the red jacket.' He is believed to be an early De Cherois inhabitant of the Demesne. His strong cologne can sometimes be smelt around the Castle and he is known to pinch the bottoms of unsuspecting ladies."

We look forward to meeting you,

Tom Jennings 

 

 

Menu & Wines

 

Canapes

Smoked Carrowdore Castle Venison

With pickled red cabbage

 

Dunville’s Whiskey Cured SmoQ Salmon

With potato bread and whipped cream

 

Estate Pheasant

With homemade redcurrant sauce on sprout leaves  

 

Fish

Chargrilled Langoustines

With smoked lemon & garlic oil

 

Main

Dexter Rib Roast with Drunken Brisket

Served with SmoQ dauphinoise & blackened vegetables

 

Cheese

Selection of Five Traditional French Cheeses