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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Ambitious contemporary cooking and river views

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Surrounded by 163 acres of parkland with the River Maine flowing through, Galgorm is a pretty desirable prospect. There’s a lot going on here: lavish spa and treatment areas, including a Thermal Village, extensive meetings, conference and wedding facilities, a champagne and gin bar, a pub and live entertainment. The aptly named River Room Restaurant is the top dining option, with the river floodlit at night to create a magical atmosphere and its floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring that everyone gets the watery views. The kitchen sources its ingredients diligently from a network of local suppliers (there's also room for a kitchen garden in all those acres) and, under the direction of Jonnie Boyd, transforms it all into vibrant contemporary dishes with a clear seasonal focus. Things get off the mark with a well-crafted starter of suckling pig with heritage carrots, raisins and black pudding. Next up, halibut and lobster with hazelnut purée, pickled parsnip, white cabbage and sea herbs shows well-considered balancing of flavours and textures. Meat courses, too, show real flair and confidence – perhaps beef fillet and oxtail matched with oyster mushrooms, Roscoff onion, cavolo nero and foie gras. Desserts are a high point, especially when buttermilk pannacotta comes with the tart contrast of rhubarb, plus honey and elderflower.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 1
  • Lunch served until: 4
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Israel Robb, Jonnie Boyd

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Irish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 40
  • Wines over £30: 220
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from : 12
  • Main course from: 28
  • Dessert from: 7.50
  • Tasting menu from: 55
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 50

Getting here

1 mile from Ballymena on A42, between Galgorm and Cullybackey

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Ballymena, Cullybackey
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