Consider this as a restaurant review as we did not stay there. We may next year.
This is near Duncannon, an out-of-the-way spot of the Hook peninsula in the South-East of Ireland, with a gourmet executive chef - Kevin Dundon (kevindundon.com) - with several books to his name.
We went there for a lunch on new year's day. Starters were chicken liver pate and artichoke soup, a delicate taste. Mains were cod (from Kilmore Quay) and a sirloin steak with a good mix of accompanying veg - carrot, beans, turnip, all local produce. They did not ask me how I wanted the steak; it came rare-to-medium so I asked for it to be done a bit more. There is a vegetarian option, the chef can do a risotto to order, which should be good too. Dessert was somewhat minimal, a mango dessert and a chocolate dish, both of which might have been better thawed a bit more, but maybe we were hasty. Coffee was OK, it may have been poured into a cold pot and lost some of the hit. Service is attentive, you might call it slow but that's the whole point of a day out to this kind of place, we would have normally idled around later reading the papers but we wanted to get back before dark. The temperature of the waiting rooms was not warm, but not noticeably cold either - I had an incipient cold so may have been more susceptible than normal.
Lunch is not cheap at 35 euro per head, budget on 100 for a couple with drinks, but that's what you pay for good food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury country house hotel built in 1830 and set in extensive gardens and estate. Acclaimed fine dining restaurant and very popular Seafood Bar combined with on-site cookery school make Dunbrody a favourite destination amongst foodies but also for those seeking to experience Irish heritage coupled with traditional hospitality.A small boutique spa offering a range of holistic therapies completes the offering at Dunbrody. Ideal spot for those seeking to get away from it all and chill. ... more less
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