Dunbrody Cookery School

It was back to school for me last weekend when Dave surprised me for my birthday by whisking us away to Dunbrody Country House Hotel in New Ross for a bit of luxury, great food, and yes, some lessons in cooking!

Dunbrody House is a favourite of ours, not only is the food always, ALWAYS so delicious, but Dunbrody provides great hospitality and a genuine warm welcome. Its obvious everybody enjoys working there, the smiles and chat are constant, nobody is rushed, creating a totally ambient atmosphere winning me over very time. Catherine Dundon remembered Dave from his time photographing a wedding there during the summer (well remembered), and took the time to stop and chat, and not forgetting Thomas who kept the chat coming and the drinks pouring in the bar, we felt part of the family and utterly relaxed!

With the knowledge of my passion for cooking (and lets face it, eating) top of mind, Dave decided to book us both into an “Easy Entertaining Cookery Course” at Dunbrody on Saturday morning. Having checked into the Hotel on Friday night, we treated ourselves to dinner at the house which was just exceptional. Aged rack of beef for two in a port jus still has my mouth watering, (for my vegetarian friends please look away now) the beef was cooked medium rare, total juicy perfection that was simply melt in the mouth. Its times like that I LOVE being a carnivore,.  The beef was perfectly complimented by a (few) bottles of WitherHills Pinot Noir…….mmmmmm….gosh, I am going to have to stop there, I am literally dribbling over my keyboard which makes typing a little difficult……..

…aaaaand…. we are back in the room and talking about Cookery School! ok, so Saturday morning was a bright and early start with class commencing at 9.30am. Our Chef and tutor for the day was the talented French Chef Mr Julien Clémot, who prepared, cooked and shared an almighty ten recipes with us that day! Julien provided culinary hints, tips and humour, his relaxed approach to cooking made for great results, to quote Julien “Dishes made with love will be reflected in the food”, and he was right, we tried every one of those ten dishes, and let me tell you, each one was “délicieux”!

Course Recipes included:

  • Caramalised Apple Chutney
  • Red Onion Marmalade
  • Multi-seed Brown Bread
  • Pea & Chorizo Soup
  • Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tartlets
  • Duncannon Fishermans Pie
  • Smocked Haddock Smokies
  • Spatchcock Chicken
  • Pan Seared Fillet of Beef with Béarnaise Sauce
  • Apple, Cinnamon & Hazelnut Crumble
  • Individual Chocolate Fondants

Thank you to Julien and everybody at Dunbrody House Hotel for making our stay simply perfect!   We’ll be back!

Photographs by David McClelland



  1. Great photos!

  2. My mouth is watering, wonderfully written blog and delicious photos! Our NZ friend is very excited that you like the wine from her homeland! X

  3. Thanks so much to both of you – can we quote you?
    Feel free to share with Tripadvisor please, the pictures too. Catherine and co.


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