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The Wicklow Escape combines fine dining with outdoor adventure this Summer

With wild destination dining more popular than ever, foodie fans are in for a real treat this July as 

The Wicklow Escape launches it's latest culinary adventure in its secluded location at Donard, Co. Wicklow.

Combining exclusive fine dining with outdoor adventure, the hotly anticipated Woodfired Dining at the Fiery sees Chef Nico Reynolds create a bespoke menu featuring delicious recipes that have been created using a number of locally sourced ingredients, including Ridgeway Wagyu, a premium Irish beef from a local Wicklow farmland.

Chef Nico Reynolds brings with him a wealth of culinary experience and passion for fine foods. Guests will be treated to a welcome cocktail on arrival and a three-course culinary masterpiece menu, all while enjoying the background ambience created by an evening DJ set on the terrace underneath the Pavilion.

Nico honed his skills on the Dublin streetfood scene with his pop-up restaurant Lil Portie, as well as being responsible for putting Caribbean food with Irish and Latin influence on the foodie map. Nico, a Dublin native, developed a passion for Caribbean cooking and soul food while learning from his Grandmother. He brought this knowledge to Latin America, where he successfully ran a catering company and a small restaurant in Buenos Aires for 6 years. A regular guest on Irish TV cooking segments, such as RTE's "Today show" and Virgin Media's "Ireland AM." His latest TV series, "Grill Seeker," can be found on the RTE Player.

The Woodfired Weekend package also includes an optional overnight or two-night stay at The Wicklow 

Escape’s stunning Garden rooms as well as access to the Woodfired Hot Tub plus breakfast the following morning.

The Wicklow Escape is an exclusive lodge in Co. Wicklow which has developed a sterling reputation amongst foodies in recent years, a destination where dining and rustic comfort combine to tempt couples and small groups of friends who appreciate good wine, delicious food and interesting conversation, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the Wicklow wilderness.

Speaking about the new outdoor dining experience, Chef Nico Reynolds says“I love a challenge and I’m really looking forward to blending soulful food with the beauty of the outdoors and bringing the Woodfired Weekend to life. I’m really passionate about using local, seasonal produce to create my menus and I know our farming neighbours have amazing 

produce which I’m excited to work with.”

Founder of the Wicklow Escape, Lisa Wilkinson says: “The Wicklow Escape has seen a strong team of hospitality veterans and talented chefs show off their skills in the kitchen over the last couple of years so we are delighted to welcome one of Ireland’s most highly-sought after chefs to join us in creating this memorable experience this summer.  As a keen foodie, I’m looking forward to seeing what Nico will bring to the table. I am enjoying working with such an amazing team to help deliver this destination experience to Irish foodie fans.”

With various options available, guests can choose from the Evening Only package, enjoying an unforgettable dinner and evening under the stars, or for those seeking a more immersive experience, the Overnight package allows guests to extend their stay and wake up to the breathtaking surroundings. For those truly looking to make the most of this culinary journey, the Full Weekend package offers an experience foodies won’t want to miss.

The Menu

Snacks Served With Welcome Drinks

Starters: Slow Grilled Rainbow Trout Tacos

Roasted Vegetable Tacos

Guajillo Grilled Chicken skewers


Jerk Pork Belly with Black Beans

Peruvian Pollo a la Braza

Grilled Skirt Steak with Roast Plantain and Coconut Béchamel (Waygu option)


Charred Green Bean Salad

Fire Roasted Veg

Rice and Peas

Coal Baked Baby Potato Salad

Smoked Plantains

Prices start at just €90, which includes convenient pickup and drop-off services to Dublin City, ensuring a hassle-free journey to the Fiery. The package is only available on Friday, 7th and Saturday,  8th July, 2023. The Wicklow Escape is located at Ballinclea, Donard, Co. Wicklow, approx. 1 hour from Dublin.

Visit for more information and book your package early to avoid disappointment.

Follow the Wicklow Escape on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

Slán go fóill


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