I couldn’t think of a better place to find myself on a bitterly cold February night but the warm and cosy surrounds of Cormac’s Bar at Blarney Hotel, when a chance meeting lead me to the unexpected treat of good company and dinner with an old friend. You are spoilt for choice at the Blarney Hotel. You can eat in the Lion’s Den Bar & Bistro in the clubhouse, overlooking the fantastic fountain at the 18th hole, the atmospheric Cormac’s Bar, or the award winning Inniscarra Restaurant which offers an original and mouth-watering menu. Their excellent reputation for dining across all three of their restaurants has been earned due to skill, expertise and attention to detail, not to mention their attentive staff who really are the icing on the cake. The cosy atmosphere of Cormac’s Bar is inviting and you can enjoy a snack, a cocktail, an after dinner drink or a meal from their extensive menu. Cormac’s Bar was remodelled in Summer 2016, and wears it’s modern colourful golf resort theme well, marrying tradition with a modern and comfortable twist. The menu is a showcase of quality Irish food, using the best of ingredients with an international twist. We had a choice of five starters including crab cakes, duck salad, and their fabulous West Cork seafood chowder which both my dining companion and I enjoyed. The chowder is a meal on it’s own, and was accompanied by a choice of three homemade breads. Main courses offer a wide choice but, being Ash Wednesday, we both opted for fish. Cod in beer batter for me and Salmon for my dining companion, both beautifully presented, plentiful and freshly made for us by Head Chef Adam Bissett, who has a 4 star pedigree that is impossible to miss. Their desert menu is extensive but, tempted as we were, common sense prevailed! If you had smallies with you, the children’s menu is impressive, with the traditional choices you would expect and some lovely touches such as fresh fruit kebabs. Rosie and Ross looked after us on the night, and we never had to ask for anything, the service can only be described as superb. Lunch and dinner are served seven nights a week in Cormac’s Bar and we both said how much we looked forward to returning, I think this time I’m going to try out their popular Sunday Buffet Lunch in the Inniscarra Restaurant. I might even see you there!