Galgorm

“Beautiful setting for technically skilled contemporary dining” - AA Inspector

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BALLYMENA, COUNTY ANTRIM

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Set in more than 160 acres of beautiful parkland, but handily just half an hour from Belfast, Galgorm is quite the luxurious country resort, with friendly, welcoming staff and a stunning setting. The sumptuous spa is state-of-the-art, and there are all the wedding and conference facilities you could ever dream of, plus various dining options including a relaxed Italian venue and a brasserie and grill housed in the former stables. For something a bit more adventurous, look to the River Room Restaurant, with its dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a stretch of the River Maine that’s atmospherically floodlit at night. Those windows mean the views are available to everyone, just like the dishes on chef Chris Rees’s seasonally evolving five-course tasting menus – a veggie version is also available – which showcases his impressive skills, as well as making exemplary use of the splendid local produce, some from the hotel’s own kitchen garden. The style is clean and contemporary, with excellent technical skills a reassuring basis for exploring newer ideas. Flavours are clear and carefully considered and dishes are precisely constructed with all the attention to detail one expects at this level. Get things off to a good start with the excellent home-made bread, served with good Irish butter before beginning with burrata, cured Irish ham, tomato dressing and local peas. Next up, foie gras with cherries, baked celeriac, almonds, sherry, before a halibut and scallop dish with carrot, lemongrass and courgette flower. Main course 35-day aged beef comes with lardo, mushroom and black truffle before rounding things off nicely with a dessert of caramelised pineapple with coconut, mango sorbet and dark rum. And you can have three, five, seven or even nine excellent Irish artisan cheeses, should you be so inclined.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
Galgorm
136 Fenaghy Road,Galgorm,BALLYMENA,Co Antrim,BT42 1EA

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 40
  • Wines over £30: 220
  • Wines by the glass: 14
  • Cuisine style: Modern Irish
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover County Antrim

At its closest point, County Antrim is only 12 miles from the Mull of Kintyre, and its coastline is both beautiful and geologically diverse. Alternating sandy bays, rocky shores, high cliffs and forbidding headlands produce a dramatic scenery. Inland, the beautiful wooded glens rise to meet dizzying moorland heights.

The complex coastal geology ranges from relatively recent volcanic activity several millennia ago – represented by the massive basalt moorland plateau – to the silvery schists in the northwest, which are about 250 million years older. It includes rocks laid down more than 500 million years ago on an ancient ocean floor, pudding-stone that was later a desert floor, a belt of coal formed out of a swampy delta, salt trapped in the stone 200 million years ago, and mudstones and limestones from the time of the dinosaurs. In between are rich red sandstones, grey clays and dazzling cliffs of white chalk. This fascinating mixture is best seen at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, where, in startling contrast, the chalk cliffs overlie the older red Triassic sandstones. The Antrim Coast and Glens were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1988.

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