Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa has invested over €2.5 million in transforming its casual dining and traditional bar experience, McGills, into a new contemporary social space now named The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie.
Drawing inspiration from the famous crossroads in the Wicklow mountains, the restaurant has been designed to maximise space and showcase the various dining options available from nooks offering seclusion for a discreet dining experience to the more relaxed banquette style seating for larger gatherings.
The culinary team led by executive chef Cormac McCreary have developed a menu with an emphasis on the hotel’s commitment to supporting local suppliers, partnering with select farms and dairies where possible.
The menu includes a grill selection from artisan producer John Stone Beef where each select cut is flame char-grilled and accompanied with an array of side dishes and sauces.
Vegan, vegetarian and all dietary requests are catered for and a children’s menu is also available.
“We have been able to partner with the best local suppliers, from the finest Wicklow Ridgeway Wagyu, whiskeys from our neighbours in Powerscourt Distillery and even the honey from our onsite beehives," McCreary told Hospitality Ireland.
"It’s these amazing ingredients and this incredible location that inspired the dishes on the menu.”
Views Of The Garden
Some interior features in the restaurant include an oversized bronze mirrored wall, displaying a botanical gallery of wild flowers and wildlife.
The ceiling is designed to anchor the open floor layout, with a space offering an array of sofas and classic armchairs, as well as high stools and dining seating, all overlooking the hotel’s gardens, complete with bespoke bi-folding windows.
The bar will be staffed by a beverage team who have curated a wine and cocktail list that aims to complement the internal and external surroundings.
The drinks menu includes a local choice of bespoke cocktails including The Spinc, with Glendalough Gin, Lemon Juice, Lavender Syrup, Maraschino Liqueur, and Soda Water.
The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie is set to currently open for dinner service daily from 5.30 pm-9.30 pm and will offer a Table d’Hôte menu priced at €45 for two courses and €55 for three courses.