The Dining Room at Gregans Castle
“Sure-footed cooking in a country house in the Burren” - AA Inspector
BALLYVAUGHAN, COUNTY CLARE
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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. Dishes are picture perfect, from starters of heritage beetroot with St Tola goats’ curd, sorrel and apple, to mains like Kilshanny lamb with wild garlic, violet artichoke and white asparagus, or free-range suckling pig with broad beans, fennel and preserved lemon. For dessert, there could be forced rhubarb with Ivoire white chocolate and crème fraîche.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 50
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Days Closed: Monday and Thursday (casual bistro style dinner available)
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 14
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern Irish, European
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About the area
Discover County Clare
If you’re hoping to get married, but don’t have a partner, Lisdoonvarna in County Clare may be the place to start. Each year, this 19th-century spa town is home to a matchmaking festival. Tens of thousands of people come from all over the world to look for a partner, a good time, dancing, and live music; not necessarily all at once, or in that order.
The other thing you should come to Clare for, – although it isn’t quite as much of a craic – is The Burren, a place like nowhere else in Ireland. From the northwest corner of County Clare it rises as a cluster of grey-domed hills with terraced sides, whose western feet slope to the sea at Galway Bay. There are no bogs and very few pastures. Instead there are huge pavements of limestone called clints, their vertical fissures known locally as grimes. However bleak it appears, it is home to some wonderful plant life and there is evidence that people settled here as long ago as the Stone Age. Villages are scattered around the fringes: Ballyvaughan on the north coast, Doolin and Lisdoonvarna to the west, and Kilfenora with its Burren Visitor Centre in the south.
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