Surgical precision. That's what Brian Heaton brings to the breakfast table at Castlewood, the elegant lodgings he runs with his wife, Helen, at The Wood, in Dingle, County Kerry.
Just look at that breakfast bap. Sounds simple, but look carefully at the thin folded slices of bacon under the thin slices of tomato under the perfectly poached eggs under the perfectly executed hollandaise sauce. Surgical. Precise. Astounding, actually. Breakfast in Castlewood is a performance. But being precise to the point of obsession is not all that Mr Heaton does. He has been rewriting the Book of Breakfast over the last decade, so there is goat's cheese and black pudding frittata, there is eggs benedict supreme with Ted Browne’s smoked salmon, there is Bagel Surprise, with warm toasted bagel layered with cream cheese and smoked salmon and served with a caper salsa.
And everything is perfect. As perfect as the housekeeping in Castlewood, which has the most perfect housekeeping we know. World class. Gold medal. Champion standard. And, most recently, winner of the Irish Independent travel award for best breakfast in Ireland. Castlewood, with Helen and Brian at the helm, has the lot.
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