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Food Heroes of Co. Down - Carnbrooke Meats

Food Heroes of Co. Down - Carnbrooke Meats

Posted on 10 February 2017

Last week, chefs Paul & Ryan paid a visit to one of our suppliers, Carnbrooke Meats in Dromara, where we...

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Yorkies! The Sunday roast essential

Yorkies! The Sunday roast essential

Posted on 19 January 2017

The story goes that when wheat flour began to come into common use for making cakes and puddings, cooks in the...

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Seasonal Ingredients - Celeriac

Seasonal Ingredients - Celeriac

Posted on 18 November 2016

In its raw state, the humble celeriac is not going to win any beauty contests any time soon. The unsung...

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You can't beat beetroot...

You can't beat beetroot...

Posted on 29 September 2016

As we head in towards the heart of Autumn, the season of mellow fruitfulness, our thoughts turn to the wonderful...

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Christmas Parties 2016

Christmas Parties 2016

Posted on 21 September 2016

It beggars belief that it’s almost that time of year, but the calendar doesn’t lie - yes, the festive season...

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Everything's coming up Rosehips...

Everything's coming up Rosehips...

Posted on 31 August 2016

We’ve always been very much driven by the seasonality of our ingredients and what we use here at Brunel’s, and...

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Calling all Ciderfans! Taster Menu evening with Kilmegan 25/8/16

Calling all Ciderfans! Taster Menu evening with Kilmegan 25/8/16

Posted on 24 July 2016

Our next taster menu evening will take place on Thursday 25th August from 8pm, and we are thrilled to reveal...

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Would you like to see the wine list?

Would you like to see the wine list?

Posted on 29 June 2016

After long deliberation, and several enjoyable taster sessions with our good friends and suppliers Cabroso…

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Summer's coming - new menu ingredient profiles #1 Elderflowers

Summer's coming - new menu ingredient profiles #1 Elderflowers

Posted on 22 June 2016

Very excited to be moving towards one of our favourite menus of the year - the final touches are being...

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Ingredient profile - Alexanders

Ingredient profile - Alexanders

Posted on 12 April 2016

Styrium Olusatrum Introduced by the Romans (hence the name)  Normally found by the sea, so easily found in Newcastle.

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It's Wild Garlic Season!

It's Wild Garlic Season!

Posted on 10 March 2016

One of our favourite ingredients here at Brunel’s is back in season - delicious Allium Ursinum, better known as ramsons,...

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Beer Taster Night II - Boundary Brewing

Beer Taster Night II - Boundary Brewing

Posted on 21 January 2016

Tying in with the Love Local theme of February in the NITB NI Year Of Food & Drink calendar, Brunel’s...

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What on earth are Crosnes?

What on earth are Crosnes?

Posted on 17 December 2015

These unusual looking chaps are known as Crosnes. Paul is using them as part of the Pan Seared Stone Bass dish...

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Eat Your Christmas Tree!

Eat Your Christmas Tree!

Posted on 17 December 2015

No doubt at the moment your Christmas tree will probably look considerably better covered in tinsel and decorations than it would on...

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Winter recipe #001 - Chestnut Pancakes

Winter recipe #001 - Chestnut Pancakes

Posted on 26 November 2015

Following on from our story posted earlier in the week about the delicious chestnuts currently to be found in Tollymore…

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Great for Roasting on an Open Fire!

Great for Roasting on an Open Fire!

Posted on 12 November 2015

More good news for those prepared to combine their long autumn walks in Tollymore with a spot of foraging…

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Master Brewer profile - Siren Craft Brew

Master Brewer profile - Siren Craft Brew

Posted on 05 November 2015

We are delighted that the ‘beerficianados’ of Siren Craft Brew are joining us for a very special one-off beer tasting...

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Elderberries - Hidden heroes of the County Down hedgerows

Elderberries - Hidden heroes of the County Down hedgerows

Posted on 21 October 2015

Only in season for a small window in Autumn, Elderberries are a much neglected, locally forageable ingredient, suitable for all...

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The SS Great Britain - Why Call The Restaurant Brunel’s?

The SS Great Britain - Why Call The Restaurant Brunel’s?

Posted on 20 October 2015

One of the questions we get asked the most is the above one - what’s the relevance of Newcastle County...

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A prickly prize to be found on the beaches in Autumn

A prickly prize to be found on the beaches in...

Posted on 18 October 2015

Sea Buckthorn - these distinctively bright orange berries are soft, juicy and rich in oils, but can be tricky to...

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