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The Mill Restaurant

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Restaurant with Rooms

2 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average 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 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 Mill Restaurant
Figart, Dunfanaghy , Letterkenny Co Donegal
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Tel: +353 74 913 6985

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Susan and her husband Derek, who is the chef, have earned a dedicated following here, as the location is superb, the welcome warm and the cooking both imaginative and assured - and they also offer very good value.
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Water Sports
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Budget Accommodation (under €100 for two)
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Dogs - good walking nearby (offlead)
  • Location - Beach <5km
  • Location - By a lake
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Romantic Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Attractive Views
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Informal
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

The Mill Restaurant

Beautifully located on the shore of the New Lake, which is a special area of conservation, the mill was the home of Susan Alcorn’s grandfather and, as they are a family of accomplished painters, the walls are hung with wonderful watercolours.


Susan and her husband Derek, who is the chef, have earned a dedicated following here, as the location is superb, the welcome warm and the cooking both imaginative and assured - and they also offer very good value.


The split-level dining room has plenty of windows framing the views, fresh flowers on the tables, soft lighting and some well-placed antiques - a room of character and atmosphere.


Seasonally influenced menus rely on the best ingredients, local where possible (suppliers are listed), and change every 4-6 weeks. While based on the classics, Derek Alcorn’s cooking style is his own - sometimes the ingredients may be unusual or under-used, but the originality is more in the way ingredients are combined, and in the detail, than in the choice of main ingredients.


House specialities include an unusual upside down fish pie, which is filled with all manner of good things - lobster, crab claws and john dory in a brandy cream sauce, and there's a welcome emphasis on vegetables and salads, which come from the Killult Organic Centre at Falcarragh.


Gorgeous desserts will probably include some based on seasonal fruit such as rhubarb brulée with langue de chat biscuits or plum fritters with glazed lemon rice and toffee ice cream, and there's a good Irish cheese plate served with onion marmalade - and perhaps a glass of dessert wine or port.


But the overall experience here is much more than the sum of its parts and, under Susan’s direction, the hospitality and service is exemplary too.


Overnight guests will also have a delicious breakfast to look forwards to - a lovely buffet of fruits, juices, cereals etc, hot dishes cooked perfectly to order and all the little treats of home-baked breads and preserves.


Seats 50; children welcome (high chair, childrens menu); air conditioning. D Tue-Sun 7-9pm, Set D €41 (+side dishes); house wine €18; sc discretionary. Closed Mon, mid Dec-mid Mar.


Accommodation is offered in six individually decorated rooms. The decor is simple but stylish, with good beds and some antique pieces, and there’s also a lovely little sitting room off the dining room, with an open fire, and comfy big chairs and sofas to relax in.

Rooms 6 (all en-suite & no-smoking, 2 shower only); children welcome (under 12s free in parents' room, cot available without charge, baby sitting arranged). B&B €50 pps, ss €20. Free broadband wi/fi; no pets. Garden; walking; cycling. Establishment closed mid Dec - mid Mar. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 13-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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N56 1km outside Dunfanaghy on Falcarragh road.

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