Food for thought: Tony O’ Neill
Treating yourself to a weekend away is one of life’s greatest pleasures. A big part of this pleasure is having your food prepared for you, and the part some people look forward to most. At The Valley Hotel, we pride ourself on the finest dining experience. How do we achieve this? By working with the finest people. Meet Tony O’ Neill – the 2nd Chef in the Valley Hotel.
Name: – Tony O’Neill
Age: – 30
Status: – Married
Position: – 2nd Chef in The Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown
When did you start cooking?
My early twenties
What made you go into the business professionally?
I always loved cooking, so when my daughter was born I wanted to go and do something I loved
What qualifications do you have?
I have been studying part time alongside my full time job for years and have qualifications up to NVQ level 3
What advice would you give someone trying to get into the industry?
Have a good work ethic and good attitude and you will go a long way
What do you love about The Valley Hotel?
ve been here nearly 10 years and I still enjoy coming to work every day so they are doing something right.
We’d like to help you fall in love with The Valley Hotel, just as Tony did. Come and experience fine food, a beautiful location and an array of activities just waiting for you.
Book today and take that well-earned break.
You won’t believe you can do these things in Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone…but you actually can!
They say all life’s greatest things come in small packages, and that couldn’t be truer of Fivemiletown. Like most of Northern Ireland’s hidden gems, this little place is often left unexplored, which of course only means more of us locals! But, in a bid to be a little less selfish, we’ve decided to share with you some of Fivemiletown’ s best attractions. You’re welcome!
Cycle Trail at Blessingbourne
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been on a bicycle since the early 90’s, or if you are a regular cyclist – the cycle trail at Blessingbourne is simply beautiful. So grab two wheels and head off to enjoy a great trail in a beautiful setting. When you’ve finished up here, check out the Carriage and Lace Museum that is also situated on the estate, it’s a fascinating place and won’t disappoint young or old!
Love fishing? Welcome to your haven – Fermanagh is world class for Fishing. With its abundance of Loughs and Rivers, our waters offer game anglers the opportunity to fish for salmon and wild brown trout as well as stocked rainbow and brown trout. The famous sonaghan, ferox and gillaroo can also be found in these diverse waters. And if all that means nothing to you and fishing isn’t your thing, the lakes of Fivemiletown are a short 5 minute walk away from the Valley hotel and it’s truly beautiful. Head down to the lake to reel in some delicious fish, or simply relax by the water and enjoy the tranquillity of it all.
A breath of fresh air and the great outdoors – you will be spoilt by the Ulster way, located just a short 2 miles away. Of course, you know who’d really enjoy a walk like this? The dog! Well, no one loves a happy pup as much as we do and we can’t bear the thought of him/her missing out. We supply dog kennels at the hotel, so they can come for a sleepover, wake up and enjoy the adventure with you!
Who needs an excuse? 3 ladies boutique shops and an antique gift shop offer you a wide range of beautiful gifts and original little knick knacks. And when you’re finished, you can relax and enjoy a nice caffeine break in our Bar Loco Bistro. to recharge your batteries and get ready for whatever is next is the buzzing Fivemiletown area.
There’s also golf at Clogher Valley Golf club very close by, Glennoo Shoot Ireland is a short 3 miles away and horse-riding for both kids and adults at Forrest Stables just a quick 10-minute jaunt from the hotel. Fivemiletown is simply bursting with fun and outdoorsy things to do, as well as unusual, quirky and very cool activities for all the family. Come and join us for a mid term mini break! (And bring the dog too!)
3 things you should consider before choosing a Wedding Venue
Choosing a wedding venue is up there with the most difficult decisions to make when planning a wedding. On top of all the hundreds of things you have to consider in great detail, the location is really at the heart of your big day. The food, the celebration and the coming together of family and friends should be nothing short of perfect. Here are 3 top tips for helping you make the big decision.
Even in our world of fast paced technology and digital at every corner we turn, you simply cannot beat word of mouth when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. Ask around and get testimonials – no-one’s opinion will be of better value to you that the people who have been there.
The best way to thank your guests and to ensure they are well fuelled for the party is to make sure the food you serve is to the highest standard possible. At the Valley Hotel, we are fortunate to house the finest chefs and the finest food standards available. Our wonderful bride and groom Conor and Irena recently remarked:
“Another favourite was the food, all our guests commented how the food was the best they have ever had at a wedding. We knew the food would be good through Paul the head chef who has trained with some of the top restaurants in London before returning back to the family business.”
You’ll know from the moment you enter a wedding location if it is right for you. Service is everything and you should expect nothing but the finest. At Valley hotel, we pride ourselves on our service levels of excellence. Our attention to detail, specialised wedding staff and devotion to ensuring your day is perfect is present from the moment you first come through our doors.
Your wedding venue will play a huge role in shaping the ambiance for your wedding, so be sure to choose wisely. Take your time, investigate and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
If you are interested in having your wedding at the Valley Hotel, drop us an email or call 028 895 21505.
*Photos by Ronan McGrade Photography
An Extra Special Bride
Kylie & Joe
It’s the biggest day of your life, one you dream of from a young age. The day you get to wear the most amazing dress and all the attention is on you. From the moment you get engaged it’s all you think about; your hair, the bridesmaids, the photographer and the biggest decision; the venue. Once you have settled on a date you go on the hunt for the perfect place to host your wedding for your family and friends.
However for local lass Kylie things were a little bit different. From the moment she got engaged to her English gentleman Joe five years ago, her heart was set on hosting her wedding reception at the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown. Nestled between Tyrone and Fermanagh we here at the Valley pride ourselves at being head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to weddings. A family run business and serving the community since 46 we will stop at nothing to provide pure perfection for any couple on their wedding day.
So needless to say we were delighted that Kylie and Joe were going to be sharing their big day with us because they were not just any average couple, Kylie worked at the Valley Hotel for 6 years and ‘didn’t even consider’ another venue as she knew that with our track record we would look after her, her new husband and their guests.
With a warm rustic theme to die for, the wedding room was styled by local florist and room décor specialists McGarry Flowers .The top table was oozed colour and texture like nothing we had seen before! A modern take on the wedding cake, Kylie and Joe opted for a mouth-watering five-tiered sponge draped in fruit and icing sugar by Cherry Tree home bakery in Fermanagh.
With a wedding at the Valley Hotel, there is no request too big for our couples. We work together and will meet you at every point in the organisation of your wedding to ensure your day has the best food & customer service that your guest will be raving about for months.
If you are interested in having your wedding at the Valley Hotel, drop us an email or call 028 895 21505