Sending out the right Signal for food lovers

Story by Gavan Becton

Thursday, 7th December, 2017 9:47am

Sending out the right Signal for food lovers

Slattery sisters receiving their award

The Signal Restaurant at the Station House Hotel in Kilmessan has been named Best Hotel Restaurant, 2017 from The Food Awards (Ireland). 

The Slattery family were delighted to receive the honour and attributed their success to using fresh local Boyne Valley ingredients, showcasing the beauty and simplicity of seasonal produce and promoting the importance of food provenance. This philosophy has been carried throughout the hotel over its 34 years, making it a truly unique destination for both food lovers and those in search of a magical setting steeped in charm and history, in the heart of the Boyne Valley. 

Family affair... Darina, Thelma and Denise Slattery

Riding high on this recent accolade, the Station House Hotel has been recently recommended by Lucinda O’Sullivan as one of Ireland’s top 20 Sunday Lunch destinations, and is excited to be a finalist in this years’ Weddingsonline Awards 2018, for Hotel Venue of the Year, Leinster. The Station House and Signal Restaurant will be shortly announcing the dates for our 2018 Boyne Valley Food & Drinks Tasting Adventures, following the hugely popular November event. 

GALLERY: Boyne Valley Food & Drinks Tasting Evening at The Station House 

That gastronomic adventure last month saw gourmet food  paired with delicious wines and beers over seven sumptuous courses.
Simon Tyrrell, wine specialist and owner of the renowned wine enterprise Les Deux Cols was on hand to explain why an Organic Côtes du Rhône Blanc Cuvee Zephyr worked so well with Pan Seared Scallops with Apple Cider, Crunchy Apple, Beetroot and Walnuts. It was hard to argue with him.
Sally-Anne Cooney of na Cuana - Cooney’s Irish Cider & Boyne Brewhouse took to the floor to tell the invited audience that Roasted Violetta and Red Emmile Potato Salad, Boyne Blue Cheese and Honey Citrus Dressing was a winning combination.


And on it went, seven courses of culinary excellence with produce sourced no more than 30 miles from out tables and underlining the Boyne Valley’s reputation for peerless food that’s matched only by the hospitality as provided by Thelma, Suzanne, Denise and the team at The Station House. 
Executive Chef at The Signal Restaurant, Killian O’Donohoe received a rapturous round of applause as he presented some of the mouthwatering dishes - his team and surpassing all expectation in delivering excellence on a plate.. several plates.
The Boyne Valley Food Series event was designed to showcase the beauty and simplicity of seasonal produce, highlighting the importance and impact of food provenance, and bringing together people to support our local Irish artisan producers.

- Just part of the great produce on offer at the The Signal Restaurant at the Station House, Kilmessan and their Food & Drinks Tasting Evening

These producers include Na Cuana - Cooneys Irish Cider and Boyne Brewhouse, Rock Farm Slane, The Whole Hogg, Newgrange Oil, Boyne Valley Farms, Mick Cooper Dexter Farm, Ballymakenny Farm, Boyne Valley Farmhouse, Donnelly’s 
Butchers and Drummond House Garlic, Oriel Marine Extracts and Kerrigans Mushrooms.
The great news for food lovers and supporters of wonderful local and Irish produce is that the Station House in Kilmessan along with the BVF Series plan to host more of these tasting and pairing evenings in 2018. If you can keep an eye out for them (www.stationhousehotel.ie, www.boynevalleyfoodseries.ie), you will not be disappointed. 

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