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Mike Tweedie, head chef at the Oak Room, and Loughlin Druhan, director of culinary, at Adare Manor Pic: Alan Place

JP McManus ploughed a reported €50 million into its refurbishment. Now the newly-revamped Adare Manor is open for business and wowing food and wine fans with its sumptuous offering

There’s attention to detail, and then there’s attention to detail Adare Manor-style.

I’m halfway through a tour of the kitchens with Loughlin Druhan, the manor’s director of culinary, when we arrive at the area where the guests’ fruit baskets are put together. The pieces of fruit look suspiciously shiny, and Druhan confirms why: each one is hand-polished before it ever makes it to a bedroom.

“I’m quite finicky about things like...

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