Cool Summer specials for hot Bushmills brunches

The spell of fabulous weather is much appreciated after what has been a difficult period. Last week seemed to be BBQ time, but this week, people want to get out or, in some cases, find somewhere cool to enjoy food that they don’t have to cook themselves. The interior of the French Rooms is cool in temperature, a challenge in the winter hence the two fireplaces. This week our special is designed with the soaring temperature in mind.

Halloumi & watermelon summer salad

We are serving a deliciously light and tasty summer salad of watermelon, warm halloumi cheese, spiced cauliflower and chickpea with garden herbs, rocket, tomatoes and red onion tossed in our house vinegarette. Served with sourdough, this salad is the epitome of summer brunching. Watermelon is cool and sweet and compliments savoury flavours so well. Halloumi comes into its own when heated. It becomes crispy on the outside but retains a moreish salty taste. When breaded and deep-fried, it transports us to one of our favourite holiday destination restaurants but let’s not explore that one today!

Cauliflower is a favourite vegetable of ours. During the winter months, visitors to the French Rooms will have enjoyed our baked cauliflower cheese with aged gruyere, but our Cape Malay version is also popular. It can be served cold as a tasty addition to a summer salad.

Cape Malay Cauliflower recipe featured in a previous French Rooms Flavours blog post contains this recipe and is well worth a try –

Recipe for Cape Malay Cauliflower

Recommended accompaniment is our new Nayala South African Sauvignon Blanc, from our favourite destination outside of the North Coast, The Western Cape, South Africa. This fresh Sauvignon Blanc is full of tropical fruit flavours with aromas of white peach and nectarine, leading to a clean citrus finish on the palate. This great value wine has made it onto our wine list as we continue to support our beloved South African charities but donating £1 for every bottle of South African wine we sell. Refreshing news, the more SA wine you drink the more you help out!

Cool summer salad of halloumi, watermelon, spiced cauliflower & chickpea salad

Bushmills and the North Coast area is very busy at the moment. However, we are fortunate in Bushmills to have some excellent restaurants enjoying high demand, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. For The French Rooms, click on the following link

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Chef owner of The French Rooms restaurant in Bushmills which is a French inspired experience soon to be offering six luxury guest suites.

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