Regularly make a call to Bramley Lodge if I’ve been
to Fota. Did so again the other day but time was short and couldn’t stay long enough for lunch. Did the next best thing and raided their freezer.

Settled for Chicken, Leek and Smoked Bacon Pie (€9.95) and that didn't last too long in our house. Added some green beans and had a delicious main course. Had started with Bramley’s own Seafood Chowder (€7.95), an excellent creamy creation and loads in the container for three to four servings.

Dessert also came from the Lodge though initially from further afield. Bought a pack of beautifully wrapped Amaretti Virginia (€3.95), special biscuits from the heart of the Ligurian Region. Enjoy them with a sweet wine, urged the blurb, and in the Pfeiffer Rutherglen Muscat (Karwig Wines), we had just the match.

Spotted another import on the Bramley shelves: Spanish Carbonell Vinagre de Vino Blanco, 350 ml, (€2.10).  Haven’t tried that yet. The shop, alongside the busy restaurant, carries a good range of local produce. I was tempted also by the Ardsallagh Goats Cheese Cranberry Roulade but had to put it back when I noticed that it was out of date. Forgot to mention that on the way out.