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The Cottage Restaurant

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2 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average 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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The Cottage Restaurant
, Jamestown , Carrick on Shannon Co Leitrim
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Tel: +353 71 962 5933

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Well known local chef, Shamzuri Mohid Hanifa, offers excellent modern European and Asian food at this cheerful white-washed restaurant on the edge of the pretty village of Jamestown and it has become a firm favourite with local diners and visitors, many of whom arrive by boat
  • Boat Trips
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - By a river
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Private Parties
  • Asian Fusion
  • Contemporary Irish
  • European Classic
  • Al Fresco
  • Attractive Views
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Informal
  • MSG Free
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Party Venue
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

The Cottage Restaurant

Well known local chef, Shamzuri Mohid Hanifa, offers excellent modern European and Asian food at this cheerful white-washed restaurant on the edge of the pretty village of Jamestown and it has become a firm favourite with local diners and visitors, many of whom arrive by boat.


Bright red paintwork, window boxes and hanging baskets give it an attractive cottage appearance; inside it’s cosy and uncluttered, with subtle lighting, simple, classically linen-clad tables and smartly turned out staff waiting to show you to your table.


Simply worded à la carte menus credit suppliers and offer six or seven appealing dishes on each course – and there are daily specials too, reeled off by the friendly and well-informed staff.


Begin, perhaps, with delicious pan seared scallops with black pudding, or a delicate dish of lemon sole stuffed with crab and salmon mousse and served with a light creamy sauce – both very tasty and the cooking has finesse; although portions tend to be generous in the country, they are well-judged here to start the meal gently.


Main courses are also likely to include some seafood (pan-fried seabass with braised pak choy perhaps); lamb is a favourite too, and there may be some unusual dishes such as guinea fowl with a peach and pistachio stuffing, or local Thornhill duck breast served with Madeira sauce.


Side vegetables are more imaginative than is usual in Irish restaurants – a range of potato dishes may include classic lyonnaise, diced potato with a light creamy curry sauce (a particular favourite), and some really good mash, while another late season side dish might be a tasty autumnal mixture of diced turnip, carrot and parsnip.


To finish, there are farmhouse cheeses and a tempting choice of desserts, including good ice creams; an assiette of desserts makes a good choice for sharing - beautifully presented and, perhaps, including a feather light mango mousse and miniature baked Alaska.


Coffee is good, and a concise, well-priced wine list includes some organic bottles and a wine of the month.


Interesting, perfectly cooked, and well-presented food is the norm here, and it’s served by friendly and efficient staff - together with pleasing surroundings and good value, this makes for some memorable meals.


For those arriving in Jamestown by boat, it’s about half a mile from the quay, but it’s a pleasant walk through the village - pavement all the way and past two particularly enticing pubs for a visit in each direction, perhaps.


Reservations are not essential, but they are advised - this is an understandably popular little restaurant and it can be very busy, especially at weekends.

Seats 40 (private room, 18, outdoor 16). L & D Thu-Sun, 12-4pm & 6-10pm; a la carte L&D. House wine from €19. Children welcome (high chair, childrens menu); reservations recommended. Closed Mon-Wed. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-03-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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