Hello I’m Grainne McGarvey and welcome to my column which spots local hidden gems from the world of beauty, health, fashion, tourism and hospitality. I will have my ear to the ground (quite literally) to keep you up to date about the new or interesting products and services from our neck of the woods. If you know one – get in touch on twitter @pulseprni or email email@example.com
BOUTIQUE AT ITS BEST
When I woke up this morning and looked at the calendar, I couldn’t believe it’s May already. This is the month with two bank holidays – great for some, not others who are self employed (ah-hum). When there is one, never mind two days off, many of the lucky ones get a chance to P-A-R-T-Y.
Obviously being a Belfast-ite, I’m all for highlighting the benefits of the city centre, but I have recently re-discovered a place, just on the outskirts that had fallen off my radar.
Crescent Townhouse in Botanic is a boutique hotel, despite being the newest edition to the Best Western hotel chain. Tucked away in the heart of the Queen’s Quarter, it’s within easy access to the city centre shops, bars and restaurants. It is located opposite the Botanic Railway Station, making it a convenient link for various transport options.
The word ‘boutique’ is regularly overused in my book, but in this case it definitely rings true. The venue only has 17 rooms, giving the staff the chance to offer guests a more personal service. The rooms are traditionally decorated with comfortable, modern amenities including a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The suites are decorated in traditional Victorian style, fitted with dark mahogany canopy beds, floral drapes, antique wing armchairs and a roll top bath and walk-in shower.
The Metro Brasserie has been getting good reviews from the foodies, who are a hard bunch to impress. Dan, the head chef has created a menu that encompasses a fusion of traditional Irish food with modern Belfast cuisine. The result is a collection of instant classics, from line caught Lough Neagh trout with king prawn & red chard tagliatelle with lobster bisque to whipped Fivemiletown Goats Cheese with Yellowman crust and candied walnuts – sounds delicious, shame I’m on a holiday diet!
If you are just nipping in for a drink, the Metro Bar has weekly live entertainment and a long drinkable cocktail list. Expect to mingle with tourists, business guests and locals alike. The interior is warm and cozy and hopefully you too will enjoy the paintings of Belfast scenes by local artist Adrian Margey.
I’m always on the hunt for local hidden gems, so I’m happy when I meet my brief. This is simply a snapshot of what the Best Western Crescent Townhouse has to offer – it’s always good to experience places for yourself.
Actually, now I’ve written this, I think I’ll listen to my own advice and take the day off on Monday to try one of its gin cocktails – I’ve checked with the boss, and she says it’s ok.
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