Gary Rogers heads the culinary experience at Carton House

Carton House has a long history and it has embarked on the next chapter this year with its recent refurbishment.

There are also changes in the kitchen, with Gary Rogers being named as the new executive chef.

Gary will have his culinary hand on all the dining outlets at the resort, from The Carriage House to the exciting new concepts of Kathleen’s Kitchen, The Courtyard Bar and The Morrison Room, one of the country’s grandest dining rooms.

Gary Rogers of Carton House.

Gary joins Carton House from the five-star Conrad Hotel in Dublin’s city centre where he was executive chef for the last two and a half years.

Before that, he was at the five-star Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny, where he created and implemented new menus, gained two AA Rosettes for their restaurant and launched a new restaurant, based on his own concept and open kitchen design.

Gary says: “I’m so excited for this next chapter at the newly reimagined Carton House and Ireland’s first Fairmont property.

"This is a dream job for me and I’m very much looking forward to, along with our very talented culinary team, putting Carton House firmly on the culinary map of Ireland.”

Beach Front Bar in Ardmore

Urchin is one of our favourite places to dine in Dublin city centre and now it's off to the seaside with a new beach bar in Ardmore, Co Waterford.

Full of colour and vibrancy, there will be a full bar with signature cocktails such as the Tanora gin spritz from Blackwater Distillery along with gins, beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

The Insta-worthy venue, complete with neon signs, also champions other local suppliers Dungarvan Brewery and Legacy Cider.

For added fun, the Urchin Bar has partnered with Ardmore Adventures and adults and children can book stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, along with other water activities from the venue.

Right next door is the Pantry at CLIFF serving their signature prawn rolls, sandwiches and wraps, along with warming food for those colder Irish summer days like house-made seasonal soup and hot pots.

Coffee is provided by Drury, a small family-run boutique coffee roastery in Youghal, and there is Freezin’ Friesian artisan ice-cream - with delicious lemon meringue, triple chocolate and salted caramel flavours - on offer, made by the Kiersey brothers in Kilmacthomas.

The exciting dual offering at Ardmore Beach from the members of Food the Waterford Way, the county’s food brand, is focused on championing local ingredients and suppliers.

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National Burger Day

It’s a controversial one, but where can you find Ireland’s best burger? The hunt is on ahead of Kepak’s fourth annual National Burger Day on 12 August.

Kepak National Burger Day.

It’s an opportunity for food lovers to enjoy their favourite bit of beef, cast their vote and simultaneously support local food outlets and operators as they emerge from recent pandemic-related closures.

Also, for every burger purchased and a photo shared online with the hashtag #nationalburgerday, a meal will be donated to Simon Communities across the country, with over 14,000 meals donated in 2020 as part of the campaign.

Hundreds of Irish food businesses of all categories and sizes are set to take part in the search, from much-loved fast-food joints to family owned-pubs, hotels and speciality burger restaurants.

Voting is already under way and customers across the country have just over three weeks to cast their important vote online through the dedicated website