2008 Award Winners FEILE BIA AWARD 2008

The Chart House Restaurant

Feile Bia Award 2008 - The Chart House, DingleFeile BiaEach year, in the Guide, we single out for the File Bia Award an establishment that we feel is interpeting the File Bia message especially well and not only putting into practice the principles of Quality Assurance and traceability, but doing so in a creative and pro-active manner, with the  enthusiastic inclusion of local and speciality foods on their menus.

Jim McCarthy’s renowned restaurant way out in Dingle is one of the many reasons people head west along the peninsula  –  head chef Noel Enright, who has earned national respect for sourcing superb ingredients and having the confidence to keep the cooking simple, leads a talented kitchen team: his menus are based on the best of fully traceable local ingredients, sometimes in dishes with an international tone - a superb speciality starter of Annascaul black pudding is wrapped in filo pastry, and served with apple & date chutney and hollandaise sauce, for example - while other dishes are just gently updated. Rack of Kerry mountain lamb is a favourite, perhaps simply  accompanied by a fondant potato, redcurrant and rosemary jus.

Accurate, confident cooking lends these traditional foods a new character, and a large selection - perhaps half a dozen or more - of simple, perfectly cooked local vegetables are the ideal complement.  And, of course, a bottle of Chateau McCarthy. 

5 votes

The Chart House

Dingle, Co. Kerry
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. 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
Jim McCarthy’s attractive stone-built restaurant has been one of Dingle’s favourite dining destinations since 1997. Right from the time of opening, they set the bar high and - even in an area so well-endowed with good eating places - the ...

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