Located beneath London's largest Living Wall, recently replanted with more than 6,000 herbaceous plants to breathe life into our surroundings, bbar is a vibrant cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Victoria.
Our new menu plays homage to our heritage, with dishes that beautifully reflect the flavours of South Africa with a playful twist, from Boerewors Eggs Benedict with chilli chutney biltong to The Gatsby Sub, a Western Cape pulled BBQ short rib of beef.
Alongside this exceptional new menu, we have live mix sessions and DJ sets throughout the week, as well as contemporary signature cocktails created by our resident mixologists.
A perfect romantic itinerary
If your dream honeymoon involves both adventure and intrigue, the Ashford Estate and its surrounding area is the perfect playground. The serene waters of the neighbouring River Cong and Lough Corrib lend themselves to boat trips, lake cruising, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. The verdant woodlands form the backdrop for walking, hiking, horse riding, tree climbing, zip-lining, and even falconry. Honeymooners looking to inject some competition into their stay are more than welcome to make use of our tennis, golf, clay shooting, and archery facilities.
We also provide plenty of opportunities for those seeking authentic cultural immersion: Irish food, indigenous craft, music and story, and the real Connemara are the four themes these experiences fall under. After a busy day exploring all the Ashford Estate has to offer, a cosy night in the Castle can be enjoyed in our private cinema.
Multitude of dining options
The Castle is fortunate to house a multitude of dining and drink options, each with their own unique characteristics. Our George V Dining Room is a regal centrepiece in which fine dining takes place amidst panelled walls and Waterford Crystal chandeliers. The Dungeon, far more inviting than its name suggests, with its family crest banners hanging from a curved stone ceiling, has a truly medieval feel that makes for a memorable dining experience. Our Drawing Room, with its views of the lawns and Lough Corrib, lends more than a touch of romance to your new beginning. For more adventurous dining, stroll over our bridge and enjoy the delicious cuisine available at Cullen’s at the Cottage. For wine lovers and aficionados looking to toast their union in style, our Castle Wine Cellars, found in the secret passageways of the Castle, offer private wine tastings and wine dinners.
Authentic wine tasting experiences
For wine lovers and aficionados looking to toast their union in style, our Castle Wine Cellars, found in the secret passageways of the Castle, offer private wine tastings and wine dinners.Find out more
For couples seeking the ideal blend of luxury and privacy, our Hideaway Cottage, located just a short stroll from the Castle on the shores of Lough Lorrib, is a true honeymoon haven. A relic from the Guinness Era, the Cottage has been lovingly restored with reclaimed materials, artworks, furniture, upholstery, and ornaments flush with period detail that makes for an authentic honeymoon experience. Greeting you will be a welcome basket, a fully stocked bar, bicycles, rain jackets and Wellingtons, the last two being yours to keep. Round off the honeymoon with al fresco dining, framed by lake and starlight, on the private pier.
In total, Ashford Castle has 83 rooms and suites, each individually designed with a meticulous eye and, with their variations in colour palettes, all catering to a variety of tastes and preferences. Crown your honeymoon with the ultimate romantic spectacle by staying in one of our lake view rooms. Couples with a curiosity for history will find the Kennedy Suite and Reagan Presidential Suite, named in acknowledgment of their visits to Ashford Castle, to be luxurious representations of the famously enduring Ireland-United States relations.
Ireland’s Best Hotel Spa
Awarded ‘Ireland’s Best Hotel Spa’ in 2021 for the 6th year in a row by World Spa Awards, our Spa at Ashford Castle is a restorative jewel in the crown of Ashford Castle. Feel nurtured, purified, pampered, and relaxed by our products, treatments, and facilities as we seek to blend ancient wisdom with modern expertise. Simmer in the steam room, luxuriate in the Hammam, or find your inner peace on our lake-facing terrace. Our couple’s treatment rooms are particularly fitting for those couples looking to bring a sense of wellness to their new beginning.