Merchant Rooftop and seeing the sights of the Antrim coast

This past week has been extremely busy, with little time to sit down and watch the World Cup (which I had been doing religiously since it started!) As a quick overview, on Tuesday I went to a Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast which resembled speed dating as we had two or three minutes with other attendees before the buzzer went and we all had to move on. (Great way to meet other businesses though!) On Thursday I went to Stann and Olly’s for dinner then a “Cocktails and Canapés” event in the Merchant Hotel’s rooftop garden. On Friday, I went to Tullyglass Hotel for a family wedding; Saturday I went to  Drumbo Park greyhound racing; and Sunday we took a trip up to Cushendall and Cushendun for a BBQ picnic and to enjoy the sun! Phew- so a busy week all round but great to see so many new places.

So, back to Thursday evening. It was Barry’s birthday so we went for dinner to one of our regular spots- Stann and Olly’s on the Dublin Road. We’ve always found the food here to be lovely! It’s typical American diner style- think Burgers, Chilli Dogs and Philly Cheese Steak- with music from the 40s/50s/60s playing on the radio and clips of Laurel and Hardy on the TVs. I normally get the Philly Cheese but went for something just a little less American this time- chicken, champ and pepper sauce. Barry had nachos to start and then scampi with a side of Caesar Salad for main. Once again, a nice meal if you’re after a good ‘hearty’ feed.


Stan and Olly’s Nachos



Scampi and Caesar Salad- Stan and Olly’s

After dinner, we headed round the Merchant Hotel’s rooftop garden for an evening of Cocktails and Canapés which was being hosted by the Daily Mirror. What a great venue for a party! It was an evening for those who advertise in the Mirror and I had been invited through my work. I didn’t try any of the food, having just had dinner, but great cocktails! Thanks to the Mirror for a great evening!Image

Merchant Hotel Rooftop garden party


Sampling the cocktails

On Saturday we headed to Drumbo Park for a night ‘at the dogs’. I’d been before and really enjoyed it last time. Not big ones for gambling, we were putting just £2 bets on each race! Out of the 12, I won one race and Barry won four, so not too bad for amateurs!



Drumbo Park

Finally on Sunday we took a quick tour up round the Antrim Coast to see some of the amazing scenery- at lot of it where Game of Thrones is filmed! It was a beautiful day so we stopped of at Cushendun beach for a BBQ picnic before heading round to the caves where, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan,you’ll know Melisandre had her shadowy baby! It was a great day to just relax and enjoy the sun, and wind down after the busy week! Image

Cushendun Pier





Cushendun caves- Game of Thrones


ImageMere enjoying a quick swim!

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