The Four Star, multi-award winning Limerick Strand hotel, has completed a stunning €400k revamp of their popular bar and restaurant. The new look River Bar & Restaurant was designed by Millimetre Design and drew inspiration from the River Shannon that breathes life into Limerick City, and it is the water of this mighty River that has driven the overall design aesthetics.
The flow, the movement, the teal and blue tones of the water, mixed with the botanical inspired theme captured from the trees and foliage that line the river frontage close to the Hotel, together they inspire to create a calm and relaxing experience. Adding impact and warmth, the autumnal colours of burnt orange, rich walnut timbers, amber and gold features are brought through the spaces, giving a sense of energy and luxury to the more open plan layout.
The botanical touch points of feature trees and foliage, the botanical inspired wallcovering, the tree inspired screens and trestles are all key to creating a tranquil and relaxed environment throughout. The movement and wandering nature of the river water inspired the materials used from the luxurious carpet, the natural stones, to the exquisite wallcoverings and fabrics. The reflective nature of river water is also realised through the use of mirrors throughout the space, bringing a sense of calm and insight. And to enhance and exude a sense of luxury, art deco features of lighting, brass details and soft flowing furniture forms are visible throughout.
“We sought to create a relaxed, comfortable and inviting dining and bar experience influenced by the river and its surrounds, that is fresh and light in the mornings, cool and lively throughout the day and sensual yet energetic in the evenings, making the River Bar & Restaurant the perfect place for any occasion, celebration or just for the fact we can meet again” says Ronan Holohan, Managing Director, MILLIMETRE DESIGN.
The team, the setting and above all the food ensure that the AA Rosette, River Bar & Restaurant is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Limerick City. A relaxing bright space overlooking the River Shannon in the heart of Limerick City is a popular meeting point throughout the day. Al fresco dining has never been so important, so guests can enjoy the wrap around outdoor terrace from morning till night. Not only has the physical space being transformed, the menus also have been given a refresh. The menus demonstrate Limerick Strand’s commitment to support local suppliers and offers incredible value for money, partnering with local farms and dairies where possible to source the finest fresh ingredients which take pride of place in their unique menus. The new River Bar & Restaurant is open daily from 7am-10pm serving award winning breakfast, 7am-10am weekday and until 11am weekends, lunch 12noon-4pm daily and brunch daily from 10am-2pm, dinner 4pm-10pm daily plus their famous Limerick Afternoon Tea 2pm-4pm daily from €26.50 per person and €13 per child.
The new bar offers a superb local and international selection of beers, wines and spirits and with daily cocktail specials from €8, 3-gin or whiskey tastings with mixers for €25, it is a superb venue to sit-back, relax and unwind in sophisticated surroundings without spending a small fortune.
Stephen O’Connor, General Manager of the hotel commented “To re-open with a brand new bar & restaurant, has really given our team a renewed passion for the hospitality industry and we cannot wait to show her off. This represents a further commitment by the MHL Group to investing in Limerick Strand following the recent upgrading of 184 contemporary bedrooms,13 suites and bedroom corridors making it Limericks’ only fully refurbished hotel”.