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A tale of three pousadas

A tale of three pousadas

There are no hotels quite like Portugal’s pousadas: restored castles and monasteries that show a very different side of the Mediterranean nation, writes Maeve McLoughlin

Another fine meal, Stanley

Another fine meal, Stanley

Stanley’s 7 St Andrew’s Street, Dublin 4 01-4853273 stanleysrestaurant.ie Chef: Stephen McArdle

The name’s Latour, Louis Latour

The name’s Latour, Louis Latour

After conquering the world with its diverse selection of fine wines, the president of Maison Louis Latour has returned to his roots in Burgundy, a region which he believes holds the key to the future of wine

Fearon’s favourites

Fearon’s favourites

At Deanes at Queens in Belfast, head chef Chris Fearon – a former finalist on the BBC series Great British Menu – serves up hearty, comforting food with bags of flavour. Here, he shares the recipes for three of his favourite dishes.

Star turn

Star turn

Floods and recession cost Michael Deane his Michelin star. Now he wants it back. Words: Gillian Nelis

Belfast bound

Belfast bound

Planning a foodie trip to Belfast? Gillian Nelis reveals some of the best places to visit in the city

Salt of the earth

Salt of the earth

Peter Hannan knows all there is to know about the meat business, and that includes finding the exact spot in the Himalayas to source the perfect salt for his award-winning salt-aged beef. Words: Gillian Nelis

Shack attack by the sea

Shack attack by the sea

Harry’s Shack, which opened on the beach in Portstewart, Co Derry last year, has been attracting diners from all over Ireland – and beyond – ever since. Owned by Donal Doherty, who also runs Harry’s in Bridgend in Donegal, the Shack’s menu is the dom

A natural wonder of the Lagan

A natural wonder of the Lagan

Simplicity is the watchword at Ox in Belfast, where a local chef and a French maitre d’ have created the country’s most talked-about restaurant – with not a foraged ingredient in sight. Words: Alex Meehan

Fifty shades of boredom

Fifty shades of boredom

Cinema: Fifty Shades of Grey Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson Nationwide, 118 Rating: **

Soprano turns swashbuckler: Boyle to take Pirates role

Soprano turns swashbuckler: Boyle to take Pirates role

Dublin soprano Claudia Boyle has cemented her reputation as a top-class international soprano by being confirmed for the lead female role of Mabel in award-winning director Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance. It will be broadcast live from London’s

When the best man is mediocre

When the best man is mediocre

Cinema: The Wedding Ringer. Directed by Jeremy Garelick. Nationwide, 15A. Rating: ***. Pelo Malo. Directed by Mariana Rondón. IFI, no cert. Rating: ***

Pinter’s doomy drama stands the test of time

Pinter’s doomy drama stands the test of time

Theatre: The Caretaker Directed by Toby Frow Gate Theatre Runs until March 21 Rating: ****

A one-man-show of epic proportions

A one-man-show of epic proportions

Theatre: The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly The Everyman Theatre, Cork Directed by Lynne Parker Runs nationwide until March 28 Rating: *****

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