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BBQ-ing at the Gibson Hotel

BBQ-at-the-Gibson-Hotel

So last week I was delighted to be invited to the Gibson Hotel’s annual launch of their summer barbecue menu. The Gibson is located across from the 3 Arena (or The Point, as those of a certain age will know it as). More recently, it has become famous for playing host to the brilliant Irish First Dates show. It was my first visit to the Gibson, which is not your typical hotel, with its modernist glass frontage, and now-infamous lift which takes you to its third floor reception area.

The event was held in the the Coda Eatery with top DJ Dan Stritch on the decks. We were greeted with BBQ Bramble Cocktails and Sangria.  The lavish gourmet buffet included the usual BBQ suspects such as chicken wings, sausages, burgers and lamb chops, but with a Gibson twist, alongside a huge choice of salads including fresh watermelon, mint and feta salad, potato salad, and a delicious parma ham salad with mozzarella and a strawberry chilli dressing. Oh, and cheesy chips! In fairness, who doesn’t love some cheesy chips. And as for desserts! Well, despite being ridiculously stuffed, the ‘aul dessert pocket was open for business, and so I partook in some gorgeous banoffee pie, mini doughnuts, and rich but fluffy chocolate mousse. To be fair, I did share the latter with my good pal and fellow blogger, Ciara from Irishtravelkey, so there was some semblance of restraint exercised!

The BBQ menu is available for groups of 25 people and more, and costs €25 per person which ain’t half bad. And a bonus, as it’s held in the indoor courtyard or heated terrace, there’s no need to worry about manky weather halting your plans. Result!

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Disclaimer: I was invited to this event and was not requested, nor paid (sure wouldn’t that be lovely altogether) to write a blog entry on the event. All opinions are honest, and my own.

 

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Concourse Luxury in London

Grosvenor Hotel London

As I travel to London for business quite a bit, I’ve had the pleasure of staying in quite a number of lovely hotels around the city. On this particular trip in January, I needed to get an early flight from Gatwick at stupid o’clock, so I was dreading the thought of having to faff about looking for a taxi or underground to Victoria, while simultaneously losing out on some much needed kip (I hope you’re feeling my pain, folks). So I focused my search around the Victoria Station area, even if it meant coughing up some extra moola. After a quick trip to Google and my trusted friend Trivago, I came across The Grosvenor Hotel which alleged to be a mere 3 minute walk from Victoria Station. Now, as you know, hotels estimations of how long it takes to walk somewhere tend to be more on the Hussein Bolt end of timings, but this my dear people, was no lie. In fact, if anything, it’s less, because wait for it, there’s only a door at the side of the reception into the frickin’ Victoria station concourse!!! How off-the-scale great is that! All that lovely extra kip to be had! What joy!

The hotel itself is gorgeous. The Grade II listed building has undergone a multi-million pound restoration which has maintained its 19th century grandeur, but with the addition of modern detailing. I booked a standard single room for two nights, and got the special rate of £120 per night including breakfast. Upon arrival, the genuinely friendly receptionist upgraded me to a deluxe single room (oh, don’t you love an ‘ole upgrade). The room, while small, had everything you need in it, down to a Bose iPod docking station, and a two-pin socket for all the non-UK & Ireland travellers. The wardrobe even had a proper iron board and iron (because let’s face it, those trouser press thingies are a complete waste of time!). The bed was lovely and comfy, which would apparently be due to the fact that it was a Hypnos bed (a quick trip to Google informs me that Hypnos are the Beyonce of the bed world, having won the Bed Manufacturer of the Year Award no less!). And if that wasn’t enough, there was complimentary bottled water in the fridge and a couple of posh Jammie Dodgers! Quality!

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The breakfast, served in the Grosvenor Arms dining room, was a beautiful buffet of hot foods (your usual English/Irish breakfast contestants), an array of delicious pastries (their pain-au-raisin could easily rival my favourite from Pret-a-Manger), as well as fresh fruit and cereals. Once again, staff here were faultlessly efficient and friendly, but in the same genuine way which the receptionist had welcomed me the evening before. Unfortunately, on the second morning, I couldn’t partake in the breakfast offering as it began at 6.30a.m, but feeling refreshed from all that lovely extra kip, I passed through the magic door into the bustling Victoria concourse, armed with the aforementioned Jammie Dodgers in my pocket, ready for the journey home.

If you’d like more information on the Grosvenor Hotel, check out their website, for more photos, videos, and special offers.