1826 Adare

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2 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average 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. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere
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1826 Adare
Main Street, Adare Co Limerick
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The experience at 1826 Adare is very special, and might be described as “fine dining without the fuss”; what you get from a classically trained chef of this calibre when he chooses informality is the same top notch cooking, but in a more relaxed style - and at a very accessible price.
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Atmospheric
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Informal
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

1826 Adare

Just across the road from the Dunraven Arms, this charming restaurant was established by well known chef Wade Murphy and his wife, Elaine, in 2013. Wade - recent Commissioner General of Euro-Toques Ireland and former head chef in several prestigious kitchens - opted to move away from fine dining when he opened his own restaurant, choosing instead the casual dining route in what he called “ a broadly gastropub style, but without being a pub!”.


In fact, the experience at 1826 Adare is very special, and might be better described as “fine dining without the fuss” - what you get from a classically trained chef of this calibre when he chooses informality is the same top notch cooking, but in a more relaxed style - and at a very accessible price.


The restaurant is in three rooms and has great charm, a lovely combination of the traditional themes that go with the territory in Adare - the old spinning wheel in an alcove, the black cast iron kettle beside the fire - and the stylishly simple modern.


Beautiful cinnamon brown linen curtains frame the pretty cottage windows and, washed by lovely warm (and, surprisingly, eco-friendly) lighting, white painted walls provide the perfect backdrop for quiet furnishings - bare darkwood tables sporting country check napkins, a mixture of classic mahogany and traditional sugan chairs that are painted a very contemporary lilac grey - and strong modern artwork that brings welcome splashes of colour.


A big blackboard announces the daily specials and the semi open kitchen adds interest for some tables, too. It’s a confidently pleasing, relaxing setting for the enjoyment of good food - and very comfortable too, which is rare enough in today’s restaurants to merit comment.


As would be expected of a Euro-Toques chef, valued suppliers are detailed on menus and many are name checked on dishes too, with starters featuring Doughmore Bay crab from Doonbeg fisherman Charlie Sexton, for example - and, trawling a little further afield, the very successful Young Buck blue cheese from Northern Ireland features in a handsome pear and chicory salad with pickled walnuts.


Dry-aged rib-eye steaks, Kerry Hill lamb and free range pork are staples among the main courses, which also feature exceptional poultry - pasture reared chicken from The Friendly Farmer of Athenry, for example, and Skeaghanore duck, from West Cork - superb fresh fish and seafood and specially created vegetarian tasting platters.

Menus change with the seasons and there’s a sense of continual introduction of new dishes, but there are house specials too and many regulars would travel especially to enjoy the masterful house fish pie - a selection of the best fish and seafood with white wine velouté, topped with 75ºC egg and a herb & cheese crumb - or a beautiful spring dessert of grenadine poached rhubarb with brown sugar meringues, lemon curd and Chantilly cream…


A well chosen and informative drinks list includes a good sprinkling of Irish names across spirits, beers and cider, and some wines are offered in several sizes.


Service, under Elaine’s direction, is all that it should be - warm, friendly and efficient - and, as planned from the outset, prices remain extremely reasonable for the outstanding cooking and attention to detail that is the norm here, especially on the Value Menus.


Finish with a cup of the local rocket fuel - Ponaire coffee from Limerick - and the world will do you no wrong.

D Wed-Sun, L Sun only. D Wed-Sat from 5.30pm (June, July, August & September 6pm); Value Menu to 7pm Wed-Sun, also full à la carte. Sun Late L from 3pm (4pm on bank hol Sundays, June, July, August & September) Value Menu €24.95/29.95, 3-5.30pm; D Value Menu €29/34 to 7pm, also full à la carte. Children's menu. Closed Mon & Tue. MasterCard, Visa. D Wed-Sun, L Sun only. D Wed-Sat from 6pm; Value Menu to 7pm Wed-Sun, also full à la carte. Sun Late L from 3pm (4pm on bank hol Sundays) Value Menu €24.95/29.95, 3-5.30pm; D Value Menu €29/34 to 7pm, also full à la carte. Children's menu. Closed Mon & Tue. MasterCard, Visa. abbreviations
Last Updated: 30-05-2016
Author: Georgina Campbell

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