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2009 Award Winners NATURAL FOOD AWARD 2009

Rathmullan House

Failte IrelandA pleasing dining room overlooking the lovely gardens and Lough Swilly provides a fine setting for upbeat traditional cooking at the Wheeler family’s Rathmullan House. Menus are based on the very best of local and artisan foods – and, working closely with organic gardener, Dennis Hawke, chef Ian Orr creates dishes around fresh produce from their own restored walled garden; anyone with so much as a passing interest in good food or gardening should make a point of slipping through the gate at the back of the car park to spend some time here, as this highly productive garden is immaculately maintained and a joy to visit.

Menus include beautifully conceived dishes based on wild and naturally produced foods, including specialities like home-smoked Silverhill duck breast, fillet of North Atlantic halibut (served with handmade crab ravioli, perhaps), a fine farmhouse cheese selection and an ever-present seasonal compôte of garden fruits with carrageen pudding.

Another particularly attractive feature of Rathmullan is the Children’s Menu - a proper little person’s version of the adult menu, with lots of choices and no concessions to ‘popular’ fare, this is education on a plate.

And the impeccably sourced wine list includes half a dozen organic & bio-dynamic wines, too; all this plus caring service and a beautiful location... natural food comes so easily here, it is hard to imagine anything else.

Rathmullan House

Rathmullan, Co. Donegal
Country House
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15 votes
4 euro A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Rathmullan House has a well deserved following for its unique blend of quality and informality, the fantastic location, family- and pet-friendliness, superb food and an innovative mindset - and it's in top form these days Set in lovely gardens on the ...

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