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Monday 23 October 2017

Kelly's in Rosslare turns back the clock to 1997

By David Tucker

Sheila Doyle, Bernadette Cuddihy and Liz Murphy.
Sheila Doyle, Bernadette Cuddihy and Liz Murphy.
ABOVE: Maria, Jamie and Suzanne Mullan. BELOW: Margaret Houilihan and tenor Eugene Ginty.
Eugene O'Callaghan, Sinéad O'Reilly, Billy Kelly, Tom Bishop, Isabelle Kelly and Ronan Dunne.
Fiona Hynes and John Stewart.
Pat Geoghegan, John Fortune, Mary Geoghegan and Moira Fortune.
ABOVE: Maria, Jamie and Suzanne Mullan. BELOW: Margaret Houilihan and tenor Eugene Ginty.
John Corish, Mary Corish, Barry Murphy, Dierdre Butler and Evie McGrath.

THEY turned back time at Kelly's Resort Hotel, in Rosslare Strand last week, as hotelier Bill Kelly celebrated the 20th anniversary of his La Marine Bistro.

To make the occasion really special, the menu was priced as it would have been in 1997 with the same dishes from the first menu back in the day.

The very well attended function included some members of the Kelly's long-serving staff who were at the hotel when the Bistro was opened - Eugene Callaghan, Ronan Dunne, Sinead O'Reilly and Brian Rogan among them - and many of the hotel's regulars, as well as singing chef Eugene Ginty on hand to serenade the diners.

Bill recalled visiting several and many French bistros during a research trip before setting up La Marine and deciding that if the classic style of a typical classic Paris bistro could last the test of time, then so could one in County Wexford.

He said: 'At the time, bistros in Ireland were decked out in pastels and quickly dated. This hasn't happened with ours.'

His wife Isabelle remembers trips to French antique markets to buy contemporary pieces such as empty soda syphons, which she brought back to Rosslare in her suitcases on every trip and which have adorned La Marine ever since.

Examples of the 1997 prices being charged on the night included Duck Confit with Braised Red Cabbage and Apple for €10.70, Rack of Lamb with Macaroni Cheese and Thyme Gravy for €13.20 and Fillet of Organic Salmon with Baby Spinach and Pine Nut Salad for €11.30. The most expensive dessert - Nougat Glace with Caramelised Nuts and Red Berry Coulis - was priced at just €3.90.

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