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If the standard 'chicken or fish?' just isn't enough for you, a wedding menu like Cloughjordan House might be more up your street. With a huge focus on produce as local as their own gardens and a huge range of choice, their wedding menu is the kind of dinner your guests will be talking about for years to come. If you're a bit of a foodie couple, check out the sample menu and advice from the team at Cloughjordan, below!

What's the most popular wedding menu you offer?

Welcome Bites

Arayas: Lamb and beef stuffed pitta pockets packed with herbs and spices served with a tahini dip
Atlantic sugar cured chargrilled prawns, marinated in lemongrass lime and smoked chilli
Garden beet, feta cheese, and basil pesto bites

Sharing Board To Start

Chicken liver pate with pistachios, cranberries, and apricots served with our butter brioche
Crispy potato bites in a smokey braves sauce with garlic aioli
House baked crusty sesame bread served with two dips:
Muhammara; Middle-Eastern roast red pepper dip with walnuts and spices
Salsa Agresto: Pesto-like, bursting with basil, parsley, nuts, verjuice and olive oil

Cleanse the Palate

Frozen Grapes with Grappa

Main Course

Roast 28-day aged rib eye of beef served with confit roast shallots and black pepper, truffle and brandy cream
Baked cod on a bed of braised fennel, yuzu and chervil butter, charred lemon
Cauliflower Steak with cured lemon butter, charred tomato, labneh and courgette sauce
Served with vegetables, which are as far as possible chosen from our garden based on what’s in season at a given time of year

Dessert

Pistachio Tart: Too short a name for this showstopper tart, a newcomer to the menu,
sweet mouthfuls of chewy nutty deliciousness!
Ice-cream: Vanilla Madagascar
Tea and Coffee Served with Petit Fours
Late Night Grazing
Bacon Baps with cheese and tomato chutney
Veggie varieties available
Served with Irish cheese board with fruit, nuts and homemade chutneys, O’ Donnell’s crisps

Wedding Cake

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How do you decide what goes on the wedding menu?

When it comes to food and designing our menu’s we are constantly exploring, always looking to innovate, to inspire and be inspired. We have a highly skilled and passionate team of chefs at Cloughjordan House. We put aside several weeks every year to seek out new flavours, ingredients, and styles, traveling to London and beyond. We work with seasons, the fruit and vegetables we ourselves produce in our walled garden and with local suppliers such as Boulaban farm for their award-winning ice-cream and Riot Rye our neighbouring wood-fired bakery in the Cloughjordan Eco-village. These along with valuable input from our couples determine the menu for each unique event.

What's unique about your menu?

We are unique in that we grow a huge amount of our produce on-site in our organic garden. From their rooms, our guests can see us harvesting the fruit and vegetables from the raised bed and Victorian walled garden that will later make it to their plates. We rear our own free-range pigs to make our exceptional sausages. The hens which roam the yard and gardens lay our eggs and the gardens produce our fruit and veg. The flowers which dress our guestrooms, tables, and plates are freshly cut each morning from our garden.

Weddings are so busy that sometimes couples barely get to sit down for their dinner - what is the one thing the couple HAVE to have?

We have just perfected a recipe for the most delicious pistachio tart. It’s already a big hit and one I would recommend to guests as a highlight dish at the moment. Our guests are constantly asking for the recipes of our dishes when they leave.

Photo: Darek Smietana

Is there anything else people should know about the food at Cloughjordan House?

It's hard to know where to stop when it comes to talking about food at CJH. Our venue was founded on our cookery school which opened almost a decade ago – just this week we won Cookery School of the Year at the Irish Food Awards 2017! Guests staying with us will find freshly cut flowers from our gardens in their rooms, along with home-made cakes and biscuits fresh from the oven. We are hugely passionate about everything we do here. CJH is such a unique location for a wedding, it has a very special relaxed vibe while offering all the comforts our guests expect. Our team plays a huge factor in this from our chefs to our wedding coordinator, our garden team to the local staff who serve you on the night who go above and beyond to ensure you and your guests have the most magical time with us.

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Feature image: Darek Smietana