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Ballyseede Castle

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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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Appealing well-conceived food in a castle hotel

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

This 16th-century castle surrounded by 30 acres of woodland is now a deluxe hotel. Its O'Connell Restaurant is a gracefully curved room with luxurious drapes at the windows, and columns, oil paintings and a chandelier. The kitchen takes a contemporary outlook, with starters such as breaded monkfish cheeks and prawns with home-made tomato and caraway seed ketchup and tartare sauce. Top-quality native produce is used throughout, evident in well-conceived, unfussy main courses: perhaps pan-fried salmon fillet with a creamy sauce of leeks, peas, dill and saffron, or roast duck confit glazed in honey and orange with a jus of port, grapes and orange. End with chocolate parfait and butterscotch sauce.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: January to 3 March
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Aidan McGurkin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Traditional European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines by the glass: 4

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 70
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On N21 just after N21/N22 junction.

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