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Vaughan Lodge

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4 euro For cooking and 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. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Serious About Seafood The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Vaughan Lodge
Ennistymon Road, Lahinch Co Clare
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Michael and Maria Vaughan's hotel - purpose-built to high specifications, mainly with the comfort of golfers in mind - offers peace and relaxation within easy walking distance of the town centre. Also an excellent restaurant.
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Banqueting
  • Breaks - Short
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Location - Beach <1km
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Peaceful
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Private Parties
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • French (Modern)
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Informal
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Vaughan Lodge

Michael and Maria Vaughan's hotel - purpose-built to high specifications, mainly with the comfort of golfers in mind - offers peace and relaxation within easy walking distance of the town centre. They see it as a 'designer country house hotel' and that is a fair description, especially given their own hospitality, which is a combination of genuine warmth and professional expertise.


Pleasing contemporary design combines with quality materials and a great sense of space in large, clean-lined bedrooms and public areas - including a clubby bar with leather easy chairs and sofas which golfers, in particular, are sure to enjoy; the decor is low key and the ambience throughout is that of a comfortable gentleman's club.


Michael cooks breakfast for guests himself, and the timing for this is interesting (and could be taken up by others): "come down when you're up"!


A drying room is available for golfers' or walkers' wet clothing.


Vaughan Lodge caters for small weddings up to 70 people.


Rooms 22 (1 junior suite, 4 executive, 6 ground floor, 1 shower only, all no smoking); B&B €125 pps, ss €40. All day room service. Lift. Ample parking space. No Pets.


Restaurant:


Run as a stand-alone restaurant specialising in seafood, this is a large, spacious room and dark polished wood tables, crisp linen runners and elegant table settings set the tone for some fine cooking.


Head chef, Daniel O'Brien, who took on the kitchen in 2012, is the latest in a succession of talented chefs at this excellent restaurant - and, as is the custom here, his menus are refreshingly to the point and written in clear, accurate English. Fresh local seafood accounts for over half of the à la carte menu in summer, with the selection offered typically including line-caught mackerel as well as seabass, hake, monkfish, mussels, scallops and organic salmon.


Interesting artisan foods from area also feature strongly, some of them from named producers, and valued suppliers are listed on the menu.


Ingredients are used in a creative modern style, with key starters based on local seafood, notably Liscannor crab claws, and St Tola goat cheese. Main courses also offer a lot of local fish, delicious Burren lamb and perhaps Skeaghanore duck from West Cork; foraged ingredients may feature in season too - as in whole Dover Sole with samphire.


To accompany, the wide-ranging wine list (grouped by price) includes a strong house selection (8 wines), useful tasting notes and a good choice of half bottles. 


The dinner menu offers less choice (and a lower proportion of seafood), but it is very good value and includes a well chosen local cheese selection. The aim is to offer a balance between fine dining and popular local choices, attracting a good mix of residents and local diners.   


Quality food plus excellent service and hospitality (Michael Vaughan is an attentive and charming host), have made this one of the area's most highly regarded restaurants - and a favourite destination for many.

Seats 60. D daily Tue-Sun 6.30-9.30; set D €45. House wine €23. SC 10% on groups 8+. Closed Mon, Nov - Mar. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. Directions: On N85 just at the edge of Lahinch on the left abbreviations
Last Updated: 13-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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On N85 just at the edge of Lahinch on the left

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    A fantastic special offer is available for this beautiful new hotel subject to availability. 2 nights bed & breakfast and 1 dinner for €210 per person sharing.

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