Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Eating Out: Hilton's Sunday best

Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club, Castle Upton Estate, Templepatrick, 028 9443 5500



The Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick probably isn't the first place that springs to mind when thinking of somewhere for Sunday lunch.

But the country club, with its own 18-hole championship golf course, is offering a delicious carvery for just £14.95.

I went along earlier this month and met two friends there, who live nearby in Antrim.

It's a great location just 10 minutes down the M2 from Belfast and on a Sunday the journey takes no time at all.

And coming from the Randalstown, Toome, Antrim area, it just takes minutes to reach the hotel.

It was great to get out of the city for a few hours and enjoy the scenery around Hilton's grounds.

The dining room, Treffner's, is glass fronted and looks out onto the golf course.

Sunday lunch attracts families, couples and older people - there were three generations of one family seated at the table near us, which was lovely to see.

The price is competitive, £14.95, for a four-course dinner. There's also a kids' menu and children under five eat for free.

Senior citizens are entitled to a 20 per cent discount as are tables with more than 10 people.

And the food is really good.

For starters we had cream of vegetable soup with a crusty roll.

Then there was a choice of cold starters including salads and fish.

For our main course there were a number of huge joints on display - turkey, ham and a choice of two beef - well done or medium.

Then several types of potatoes - roasted, boiled, mashed - and vegetables to chose from.

Between us we tried a little bit of everything and it was all delicious.

I can highly recommend the rarer beef as it was truly succulent.

Next came the desserts. I was so full by this stage I ordered ice-cream, but my friends had cream-filled profiteroles. Finally we were given a large pot of coffee and tea to sit over while enjoying the view.

There's also an evening menu in the restaurant with even more gorgeous food.

Check out these starter - four-cheese and asparagus tartlet with a quail's egg and rocket salad; warm cured salmon with a fennel and orange salad and salsa verdi or duck spring rolls.

To follow there's a choice of: beef Wellington enclosed in puff pastry served with red wine fondant potatoes and buttered baby vegetables, salmon and crab ravioli with spaghetti vegetables and a white wine sauce or duck breast in ginger and chilli with bok choi, noodle and vegetable basket.

To finish there's a selection of Irish cheeses, sticky toffee pudding or pear and amaretto crumble.

During the week, Monday to Friday, two people can dine on three courses with a bottle of wine for £39.

Some hotel restaurants can be large and intimidating but Treffner's is a comfortable size and the atmosphere is relaxing.

The staff were friendly, polite and attentive.

After dinner we moved outside and watched a few golfers on the new driving range.

Unsurprisingly it did start raining but we stayed on, seated under a giant umbrella.

Sinead Johnson

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