Join us for an evening of luxury dining where sustainability meets great taste on Thursday 9th December at Mussenden Temple.
Mussenden Temple opened its doors for the first time on Friday 5th November, offering exclusive dining experiences.
National Trust, in partnership with Mussenden Sea Salt, are pleased to announce that we are offering another opportunity this year to join us at one of Northern Ireland’s iconic landmarks.
We invite you to sip from crystal glasses, taste flavoursome slow cooked dishes served on a plate of bamboo and celebrate all things local.
On arrival at Bishops Gate, you will be warmly welcomed and guided towards your short walk under the stars through the Downhill Demense to the steps of Mussenden Temple, where your evening experience awaits.
Don’t worry if the weather is a little wet, or if you prefer not to walk, we will have a private transfer by VIP Chauffer Service on standby to take you to the steps of Mussenden Temple.
As the temple doors open to the sound of the sea below, you are warmly welcomed by Claire from Mussenden Sea Salt and this iconic and incredible building, unspoilt by modern features, offering you an atmospheric and authentic dining experience.
The menu for our Festive themed event will be made by Paula McIntyre MBE and the menu is the very essence of the Slow Food movement.
Paula is The President of Slow Food NI who will showcase the very best of local food and drink producers from the Taste Causeway Network.
With eight courses, cocktails and a house white wine from the Legendary Bushmills distillery and Giants Gin to enjoy, you will leave feeling satisfied and proud to be part of the exciting food movement that Northern Ireland has to offer.
Tickets start at £70 per person and the event will run between 7pm and 10:30pm.
There are a number of guidelines that must be followed which include:
- Please avoid high spikey heels, flats are perfect to walk to the temple, please wear relatively
warm clothing. As this is an 17th century building untouched by modern features. Don't worry
though, we do have heating, but as the fabric of the building is stone, therefore we would advise
- Our menu is prearranged and cannot be altered, the dishes may contain allergies, please
contact us before booking . We also cannot guarantee a Nut free environment.
- Toilets are available and whilst they are at the entrance to bishops gate, we have provided
transport by car to the toilets if you require the toilet midway through your evening.
- Due to potential staining of the stunning flooring, our menu has been fixed and there will be no red wine served, don’t worry though, we are pleased to announce that we will have Bushmills Distillery providing Whiskey Cocktails.
- We have COVID-19 safety procedures in place and have good to go standard.
About Paula McIntrye MBE:
Having trained in Culinary Arts at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA, Paula McIntyre MBE has dominated the Northern Irish food scene.
Specialising in fine dining and catering for events, Paula is a regular attendee to FoodNI events such as Balmoral Show, Glenarm Castle Festival, Flavours of Foyle Seafood Festival and also lectures in catering on the Professional Cookery Programme in Northern Regional College.
In 2000 Paula appeared as a guest chef on “Ready, Steady, Cook” beating Paul Rankin in her second appearance. Since then she has featured on a range of BBC Northern Ireland food shows such as, “A La Carte”, “Taste for Adventure” and “Summer Season” programme and was a reporter on food issues for BBC 1 NI’s “Inside Out” programme.
Paula also contributes to various papers in Northern Ireland including the Irish News, Newsletter and Belfast Telegraph.
Currently, Paula has been appointed Director Northern Ireland to the Slow Food UK board.
About Mussenden Temple:
Located on the cliffs near Castlerock, the circular stone building sits majestically on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The dramatic 120ft cliff top boasts breathtaking views of Castlerock beach, Magilligan Point and Portrush.
Originally built as a library in 1785, the Temple is now owned by the National Trust as a popular tourist attraction along the world famous Causeway Coast.
About Mussenden Sea Salt:
Mussenden Sea Salt was founded by Claire O’Kane after she couldn’t locate local Northern Irish sea salt to add to the Honora Kane collection of skin care products.
Claire then made it her mission to turn a passion into her very own product development.
Over two and a half years later, Mussenden Sea Salt was born and is completely bespoke.
Not only is it Northern Ireland’s first sea salt, it is also ethically sourced and produced which reflects Claire’s commitment to preserving the coastal environment and landscape across our Island.
This event is part of the Slow Food Causeway launch programme funded by Tourism NI in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.