I got lucky in Longford last week. The night before a commision, I was recommended Viewmount House just outside the town as a place to bed down. I looked it up online and found out was on about every decent “places to stay” list there is. When I checked out the website there was an advert promoting an evening with Tom Doorley, a well known food critic for the The Irish Daily Mail. The resident chef Gary O’Hanlon created a set menu of five courses and Tom was going to select a wine to go with each. Normally when travelling, you end up eating all kinds of tripe so I was delighted to see that this event was on the same night as my stay. Except it was booked out! However I managed to strike a deal with the owner, they would make room for me in the bar at my own table provided I took a few images of the evening. Deal! This is what I got … Viewmount House and “VM” Restaurant are worthy of the hype.