This Christmas, guests at the Titanic Hotel Belfast can celebrate the festive season in style by dining in a life-size gingerbread house created by pastry chef Magdalena Abakumiec and her elves.

A first for Belfast and inspired by the history and heritage of German born Gustav Wolff, one half of the shipbuilding founders of Harland & Wolff, the gingerbread house took four days to cook by hand.

Drawn by the scent which leads hotel guests from the world-famous Titanic Drawing Rooms through to the Wolff Grill, where the gingerbread house stands 10ft tall, it is made from 1,000 gingerbread bricks. 10kgs of sweets and candy canes decorate the walls and 600 individual fibre optic lights illuminate the handmade star effect ceiling. 104 individual panes of glass make up the 13 windows which are held together by 20 sheets of timber.

The enclosed dining space in the Wolff Grill seats up to six guests and can be hired for private dining until Christmas at an additional £50. The Wolff Grill Christmas themed menu includes festive favourites including local turkey and ham or braised daube of beef. Dessert choices include traditional Christmas pudding, chocolate tart, and black forest gateau. A bespoke Gingerbread Cocktail has been carefully created by the Titanic Hotel Belfast’s resident mixologist.

Adrian McNally, General Manager, Titanic Hotel Belfast, said: “This unique dining experience in the intricate structure of our life-size gingerbread house showcases the talent and creativity that we at Titanic Hotel Belfast pride ourselves in. Since the fairy tale spectacle was completed, we have been inundated with visitors keen to admire this wonderful creation which, to my knowledge, is the only gingerbread house of its kind in a hotel in Ireland this Christmas. We are in awe of the elves in the Wolff Grill who painstakingly built it to such exacting detail and would encourage anyone visiting Belfast to come and see it for themselves.”

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