Cristal by the glass, and great food too: What to expect at the refreshed and revamped K Club

Slightly snooty service has been replaced by an attentive, welcoming atmosphere at the famous Kildare resort

The K Club in Straffan, Co Kildare: an altogether warmer experience than before

In the Blue Martini cocktail bar in The K Club, a bottle of wine is causing quite a stir. It’s not just any old bottle, mind you — it’s a 2012 Cristal from Louis Roederer that Lisa O’Doherty, the resort’s head sommelier, is now able to sell by the glass.

The reason? She has access to Coravin Sparkling, a gadget that aims to do for fine Champagnes what the original Coravin did for fine wines: ...