Did someone say tapas and cocktails in a floral oasis?
Recently I discovered the most beautiful idyllic riverside terrace called Sanctuary at the River Club in Cork.
This charming terrace is a tranquil oasis with clusters of blue-lilac wisteria cascaded throughout, accompanied by rambling ivy, vines and aromatic rosemary, jasmine and lavender that bring a fragrant welcome to every corner.
It’s the perfect setting to enjoy brunch or an evening tipple and tapas with friends over the summer. Notably, the outdoor terrace is water-proof and completely covered, so on the high chance that it rains (!), you’ll be protected from the elements.
While there, you can enjoy a tapas-style menu on the terrace that focuses on local meats, cheeses, and seafood. The 'Shrimp Tacos' were my favourite, along with the triple-cooked potatoes.
To complement the look and feel of Sanctuary, the team at The River Club created an exclusive cocktail menu that celebrates the calming powers of a handful of potent plants:
The Jasmine Cocktail combines its floral tones with pineapple and Havana Club 3-Year-Old Rum to create a divine digestion-aiding tipple
Chamomile Cocktail incorporates its fragrant and calming flavours with rose, lemon and Belevedere Blackberry & Lemongrass Vodka.
Hibiscus packs a punch with pink grapefruit, orange and Bombay Citron Pressé Gin.
Bergamont is a low-alcohol option that enlivens the senses with mint, lemon and
Italicus Elderflower is a refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail with anti-inflammatory perks.
If you want something more formal and snazzy, head back inside to The River Club Bar, a distinct New York-style bar that oozes glamour with its marble-topped tables and leather couches in a striking open plan setting with grand ceilings and cosy furnishings.
Bookings can be made on theriverclubcork.ie or at 021 493 7772. Or why not make a weekend of it? Overnight stays at The River Lee start from €220.