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Blairscove House & Restaurant

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3 euro 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 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
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Blairscove House & Restaurant
Durrus, Bantry Co Cork
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Philippe and Sabine De Mey’s beautiful Georgian property enjoys a stunning waterside location at the head of Dunmanus Bay; always a wonderful place to eat – and to stay - it got even better in 2014, when Philippe and Sabine's daughter Ann and her husband Chris ('Woody') Woodward joined the team
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Remote
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue
  • Self Catering Also Avail
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Game (in season)
  • Seafood
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Formal
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Romantic
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Blairscove House & Restaurant

Philippe and Sabine De Mey’s beautiful Georgian property enjoys a stunning waterside location at the head of Dunmanus Bay. It has always been a wonderful place to eat – and to stay - and it got even better in 2014, when Philippe and Sabine's daughter Ann and her husband Chris ('Woody') Woodward joined the team, adding youthful enthusiasm and fun to the mix, as well as their expertise.


Everything at Blairscove revolves around the courtyard, which has been beautifully restored with cobbled paths, shrubs and flowers, and its 250-year old stone outbuildings have been converted to make four stylish suites or small apartments that are offered for self-catering or B&B.


Each one is totally individual (one large one has an open fire and is particularly appealing for a family, or for longer stays); they are furnished in very different but equally dashing styles - and there is also a self-catering cottage for eight in the grounds.


Rooms 4 (suites); children welcome (under 2s free in parents’ room, cot available free of charge, baby sitting arranged). B&B from €75 pps, ss €30. No dogs.


Restaurant:


Lofty, stone-walled and black-beamed, the restaurant has great character, with a magnificent chandelier as the central feature, and impressive gilt-framed family portraits on the walls.


Sabine's brother, Ronald Klotzer, is head chef and, as well as working front of house (where he's a dab hand at explaining all the gorgeous dishes on display), Chris Woodward is training to be a chef under Ronald's supervision. Together this small but highly effective team offer the wonderful food and service that this stylishly atmospheric restaurant is known for: their unique table d’hote dinner begins with the renowned buffet starter display, which is followed by a wide choice of meat and fish dishes simply cooked on the wood-fired grill.


Local cheeses are still offered, of course, and a meal here always ends on a high note, with the famous dessert selection - formerly displayed on the grand piano, these sweet temptations are now laid out on a sideboard, where diners enjoy lingering over the difficult choices...


Philippe is usually to be found front of house, working alongside Ann and Chris and their friendly and hospitable team - this is a restaurant on top of its (already legendary) form, and any changes noticed by returning fans are all for the good.


The carefully chosen, mainly European, wine list is quite extensive and includes half a dozen champagnes and sparkling wines, a fair choice of half bottles and some organic wines. There is also a seasonal non-alcoholic treat which is not listed - the house elderflower cordial, which is one of the best to be found anywhere in Ireland.

Seats 70 (private room, 45); Restaurant D Tue-Sat, 6-9.30pm; set D €58 (2-course option €46); house wine from €20, SC discretionary. Children welcome (high chair); reservations required. Closed Sun (except bank hol weekends), Mon & house closed early Nov-17 Mar. Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Visa Debit. abbreviations
Last Updated: 30-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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