Marrying Traditional and Contemporary Food
Contemporary Casual Dining at The Indigo Lounge
Gastro Bar Menu at Knights Bar
A Luxury Hotel Seamlessly Blending Old With New
Stay at Clontarf Castle
How do you fancy staying in your own castle, located in the capital city of Ireland? For those who like a bit of history thrown into their overnight or holiday stay, Clontarf Castle in Dublin has as it all!
There has been a castle on this site since 1172. But the location goes back before that, to the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. When Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, took on the mixed forces of the Norse, Irish and Vikings, in a battle which lasted from sunrise to sunset and killed almost 10,000 men. Brian Boru’s army won out, but the High King himself was killed on this momentous day.
Since then, the castle has been inhabited by royals and wealthy families alike. As Sales & Marketing Director Sandra Russell tells us ‘Clontarf Castle was owned by the Vernon family for over 300 years from the 1600’s, and their family crest is still present in the old part of the hotel. The Castle was rebuilt in the 1800’s, and in more modern times, was restored and extended to become a luxury four star hotel which retains all the heritage and history of the building. The old part of the castle is a listed building, while the newer part is more contemporary and creative in style.’
Clontarf Castle also has a history of celebration. ‘There has always been a huge tradition of music within the castle. From the early 1970’s till the late 1990’s it was a famous caberet venue, so music and live performance was very much part of the scene and still is.’ says Sandra.
Since the late 90’s, Clontarf Castle has been operating as a luxury hotel which seamlessly blends old with new. Guests can expect a flawless service in atmospheric and characterful surroundings. Bedrooms range from generous Deluxe, to spacious Executive and truly extravagant Suites. At every level, opulence and modern chic is mixed from top quality upholsteries to soothing colour schemes. After a good night’s sleep in the room of your choice, a wonderful artisan breakfast awaits in the morning. General Manager Jason Ormston explains the Breakfast Experience at Clontarf Castle.
‘We are very proud of our breakfast service. It combines an A La Carte menu with a suite of classic specials like Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale and French Toasts alongside our full Artisan Castle Breakfast Buffet. This reflects the journey through an old estate, and we’ve managed to recreate that with some really good old artefacts which contribute to the buffet presentation. We also place huge emphasis and pride of place on our homemade elements, like our muesli, jams and house breads and fresh juices. On the buffet we also have a full honeycomb of honey from Co. Meath. The honey drips down from the honeycoomb into a bowl and guests can help themselves. Our buffet looks spectacular and offers a real traditional food experience, so guests can really get the sense of the castle lifestyle through that.’
Fine dining at Clontarf Castle takes place at the ultra contemporary 2 AA Rosette awarded, Fahrenheit Restaurant. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Paul Devoy, the restaurant serves an A La Carte menu in the evenings plus all day dining on Sunday with the famous Clontarf Castle Sunday Lunch!
Knights Bar is more traditional in style, harking back to the castle’s medieval roots.
The mood changes at The Indigo Lounge. Swish and stylish, this is a modern lounge serving a contemporary casual dining menu and is becoming quite a gathering spot for residents and regular visitors to the area.
Clontarf Castle offers full conference facilities, plus Event Management and Team Building Services. Those tying the knot can enjoy private dining for their guests, including a Civil Ceremony at the Castle, resident Wedding Co-Ordinator, a selection of wedding packages (minimum of 20 guests) and full wedding menu planning.