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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
Rua, on Castlebar's Spencer Street, where there is also a bakery and delicatessen - is the second branch of the business and has become a mecca for food lovers from all over the west and north west of Ireland (and beyond)
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...
Fun, quirky and always busy, Kai (meaning food in Maori) is the brainchild of chef Jess Murphy, a New Zealander who, with her Irish husband David front-of-house, converted this former tearoom café on Galway city’s Westside to create a rustic café and restaurant with a casual vibe and loads of atmosphere.
Eugene Long and his wife Sinead Frisby established their culinary credentials in the South-East some years ago at ‘Coast’ and the original Banyan, in Tramore, which attracted critics from all over while they were there - and then, in late 2010, a short move to this lovely space above Mother McHugh’s pub put the small village of Fenor firmly on the food lovers' map.