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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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Outstanding contemporary food at a little house in The Burren

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The distinctive limestone rock of The Burren creates something of the look of a lunar landscape, and Ireland's smallest National Park makes an impressive backdrop for this luxurious Georgian country-house hotel. The magical setting inspired Tolkein and C S Lewis by all accounts. It's not a 'castle', but it is a charming creeper-covered house in neat gardens with views to Galway Bay. Well-turned out staff look after proceedings in the smart, formal restaurant, where daylight views stretch across to the bay and candles flicker on elegantly dressed tables in the evening. It's a captivating setting for the pin-sharp contemporary cooking of David Hurley, with the food on the plate matching the view for visual impact. Barbecued smoked eel arrives as a starter with textures of Jerusalem artichoke and apple, or go for the luxe lobster raviolo with fennel salad and toast consommé. Regional ingredients figure large on a menu that puts together wild local rabbit with a boudin of the slow-cooked leg meat, plus black pudding, variations of carrot, and a chanterelle jus. Local seafood figures large, too - pan-roasted halibut with glazed chicken and leek, say - and, to finish, a blackcurrant soufflé comes with sorbet, compôte, and a wee jug of warm buttermilk custard.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Nov-mid Feb
  • Days closed: Sun, Wed (ex Sun BHs)
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: David Hurley

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Irish, European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 58
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Facilities

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

Getting here

On N67, 5km S of Ballyvaughan village

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Nearest train station

Oranmore, Ennis
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