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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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Sure-footed cooking in a country house in the Burren

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

It may not be an actual castle, but the 18th-century manor house is undeniably a luxurious hideaway filled with antiques and period Georgian elegance that is unlikely to disappoint. The location is a dream, set in the photogenic south-western wilderness that is the Burren, with sweeping views towards Galway Bay. The restaurant is a romantic and traditional room where picture windows open on to the views, candlelight flickers in the evening and the family-run hospitality is warm and welcoming. Head chef Robbie McCauley’s menus are packed with modern ideas, where flavour, seasonality and ingredients from the local landscape point the way. The superb natural flavour of roasted scallops shines through in a starter that combines them with baked celeriac, apple, grape and hazelnuts to form a hugely satisfying whole. Next up, local lamb stars in a workout involving roast loin, sweetbreads and shoulder alongside wild garlic purée, morels, asparagus and a potent Madeira jus. For dessert, a lush dark chocolate and peanut pavé is further intensified by its accompanying caramelised banana, banana ice cream and malt.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: November to mid February
  • Days closed: Monday and Thursday, Sunday (except Bank holiday Sunday)
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Robbie McCauley

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

  • Tasting menu from: £75
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

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

Getting here

On N67, 5 kilometers south of Ballyvaughan village.

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Nearest train station

Oranmore, Ennis
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