James & Beryl Kearney and Gary O'Hanlon, Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford

James & Beryl Kearney and Gary O'Hanlon, Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford

Having quietly restored their lovely Longford property Viewmount House, and created its beautiful gardens over two decades, James and Beryl Kearney, opened VM Restaurant with Head Chef Gary O’Hanlon in 2008 - and took the midlands by storm, quickly making Longford a must-visit destination for food lovers.

Now one of the family and a household name thanks to his determination to take every possible opportunity to promote VM and the food of the locality, Gary is from Donegal - proud source of most of his fresh fish - and has greatly helped this Blue Book property to become not just a special place to stay, but a wonderful introduction to an area that deserves to be better known.

If ever there was an example of how the actions of just a few individuals can make a big difference, this is it. Almost single-handedly, it seems, the Kearneys and Gary O’Hanlon have transformed the popular perception of Longford - and indeed of Ireland’s midlands. A remarkable feat, and one that has a hugely beneficial ripple effect throughout the region.

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Viewmount House and VM Restaurant

Longford, Co. Longford
Country House / Restaurant
For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Has Good Hotel Guide Url 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
NEW OWNERS - TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS This lovely 1750s Georgian house just on the edge of Longford town was once owned by Lord Longford. It is set in four acres of beautiful wooded gardens, much of it designed by the previous owners over ne ...

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