Arbutus Catering tell us why they love to work at Dunmore Gardens


Today we did an interview with Barry, our caterer, as to why he loves Dunmore Gardens and he gave some fantastic tips as to what delicacies you might choose for a wedding at Dunmore Gardens.


 Q: *Why do you enjoy working with Dunmore Gardens?*

A: Dunmore Gardens is a truly unique venue – so rich in history.  The house and walled gardens create a romantic backdrop to any wedding. On top of this,

the family who own, maintain & dedicate so much to Dunmore Gardens are exceptional – a real dream to work with!


Q: *Do you use the produce from the garden at Dunmore?*

A: It’s always a joy to be able to use local produce within my own menus and Dunmore provides this in abundance. Dunmore Gardens have so many wonderful

flavours & I have been able to create many exciting hand-crafted dishes using the herbs, a delicious apple crumble with their apples & a mouth-watering rhubarb & ginger creme brule using their rhubarb.


 Q: *Are there any canapes you would recommend for a wedding at Dunmore?*

A: Canapes play an important role during any wedding & we have designed an array of show-stopping treat to keep every guest happy. I have found that

time & time again both our ‘Irish fry on a stick’ and Donegal smoked salmon  & cream cheese blinis stand out for our guests – they always go down a



Q: *What about cocktails – what is your favourite garden/wedding cocktail?*

A: There are so many new cocktails constantly being created, but as a garden wedding cocktail I find it hard to trump mojitos – a trusted classic! And

it’s a bonus to be able to use the mint from the gardens at Dunmore to create this refreshing cocktail.


Q: *The main course. Your suggested menus include so many sumptuous main course but what is your personal favourite?*

A:  For me, it has to be the slow-cooked Irish Daube of beef. It is the finest sourced Irish beef marinated in garlic & Dunmore herbs served with a red

wine jus created & mastered by chef Paddy in our restaurant in Derry.


Q:  *And finally to drink the couples health there are so many champagnes and  sparkling wines – is there one you would recommend?*

No wedding would be complete without champagne, but sometimes breaking tradition, or adding to it, is a recipe for success. Our current favourite

is an on-trend prosecco cocktail, Violet Bellini. This is a lovely refreshing drink perfect for a summer wedding & you can add some creativity to its presentation. It certainly makes a great start to any celebration.


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