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An 'open secret' hideaway destination that has attracted discerning visitors to the glorious north-west of Donegal for many years, the Alcorn family's beautifully located restaurant with rooms is just outside Dunfanaghy on the shore of the New Lake, which is a special area of conservation.
With a reputation for excellence that includes the deservedly successful Winding Stair and Woollen Mills restaurants on Dublin's quays, Elaine Murphy brought some of her magic to leafy Glasnevin when she added yet another 'W' to her portfolio in 2015. And, at The Washerwoman, she also rejuvenated a landmark building once again, bringing her winning combination of stylish casual dining (in a pared back Scandi style setting) and honest, flavoursome food to an established neighbourhood.
There's been a new confidence about Limerick city since it was chosen as City of Culture in 2014 and first time visitors are invariably wowed by the elegance of its 'Georgian Quarter' - especially its most famous Georgian square, where this chic boutique hotel occupies a large site overlooking the leafy Peoples Park
When brothers-in-law Paul Lenehan and Ronan Kinsella opened Hartes Bar & Grill in 2009, they wanted to create a place where 'service, quality, value for money and consistency' were the hallmarks - and they reckoned that "Kildare town was ready for a gastro-pub".
High up in West Waterford’s wonderfully away-from-it-all Nire Valley, the Wall family’s gloriously rural country guesthouse in Ballymacarbry Co Waterford has welcomed guests since 1986 - so they’ve had plenty of practice in getting things right for guests
Steeped in centuries of history and atmosphere, The King’s Head is a destination food pub in the centre of Galway. Looking out onto busy High Street, the comparatively small frontage belies its extent over three floors, and it could be said to be the original super-pub.
Siblings Michael and Laura Cashman took over the lease of this famous waterside pub in 2012 and it’s a really pleasant spot - very well kept, but simple and appropriate. The welcome note on the front of the menu explains their aims...
In common ownership with the boutique Brook Lane Hotel, Dermot and Una Brennan’s popular restaurant in the centre of Kenmare stands out for the pride that the owners and their head chef, Joe Ryan, take in showcasing the best of local produce - even in a town that has earned such a name for its food.
Just an hour from Dublin, the O'Flynn family’s romantically rambling country house has a wonderfully away-from-it all atmosphere - and this quietly luxurious place has always been renowned for good food. Long before ‘local and seasonal’ came into its own on a national basis, that was just the way things were done around here, with food from the farm and the walled garden taking its rightful place on the table along with the best of other Irish foods.
Welcome is the byword at Frankie Mallon's deservedly popular Westport restaurant, you feel it from the moment you enter - or even when you visit the website, where the language on the home page conveys a warm feeling that both customers and suppliers are valued and respected.