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Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa

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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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Modern classics in a Georgian country hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

A Georgian rebuild following Cromwell's calamitous intervention in Ireland, Dunboyne was the ancestral seat of the Butler family, its last resident a Bishop of Cork. Stucco plasterwork and ceiling frescoes are worth a gander as you pass through the public spaces on the way to the Ivy Restaurant, a pleasantly contemporary space with smart linen and yellow and green notes in the upholstery. The up-to-date country-house cooking has plenty to entice, starting with the modern classic pairing of scallops and smoked black pudding, before venison loin with braised red cabbage in sauce poivrade, and then baked morello cherry cheesecake with clotted cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 1
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Ian Daly

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 17
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 120
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

In Dunboyne take R157 towards Maynooth. Hotel on left.

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