Seasonal Dishes Highlighting Irish Produce
The Bianconi Restaurant
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The Bianconi Restaurant is named after Charles Bianconi, an Italian from Lombardy who moved to Ireland in 1802. He started the first commercial horsedrawn carriage service here in 1815, then in 1831, set up a stagecoach service from the Commin’s Family and Commercial Hotel, now The Granville, in Waterford city. Within a year he had become founder of the public transport system in Ireland and was known as The King of The Irish Roads.
Executive Head Chef Stephen Hooper, has worked with General Manager Richard Hurley to devise menus throughout the hotel. Local was always a key focus, but in recent years, it has taken a lead role in designing seasonal dishes. This extends to a herb garden on the roof of the hotel – ensuring fragrant greenery is always available and now also incorporating a cocktail herb collection. Consequently, the restaurant is the showcase for all good in Irish eating.
This is a gracious dining room with the Lobby Room attached, which can be used as a private dining area for small parties. Another annexe at the rear of the restaurant is used as part of the main dining room at busy times, or can be closed off to cater for tour groups and other parties. Décor is charming and ambience is ‘old fashioned elegant hotel restaurant’. Great light fills this space with views over the water and quays out front.
Richard’s particularly high end vision of quality non-compromised service means staff are well equipped to glide through a busy trade, and knowledgeable in what they are serving. Dinner is served from 5pm each evening. An excellent value early bird menu, priced for two or three courses, operates until 6.30pm. Find a concise selection of tempting appetisers, interesting mains and house desserts. After 6.30pm, a three course Value Menu runs till closing time.
The tempo moves up a gear with the A La Carte, where you’ll find smart appetizers featuring south east coast seafood, Irish smoked salmon, and house favourites like the Granville Hotel Pâté. Meat mains include Comeragh Mountain Lamb, fresh catch of the day from local boats and good Irish steak and beef dishes. House desserts follow with a good choice of specialist teas and coffees.
Stephen’s particular style of cooking is modern Irish with some eclectic touches. He believes in chic presentation but not at the risk of leaving people hungry. Portions are generous with plenty of accompanying vegetables. Wines come from the well stocked Granville cellar and serving staff are happy to recommend. Tours, groups and larger private parties are in good hands here. Smaller family gatherings and intimate date night dinners are well looked after too. The restaurant also serves lunch on Sundays.