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“Wonderful Culinary Experience”

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MacNean House & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Blacklion
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 August 2012

I can honestly say without any hesitation that the experience we had at McNean House far exceeded any other place in Ireland we have visited. Neven is a true gentleman and a wonderful chef supported by a great team from front of house to the Kitchen. The food was sublime and served by very knowledgable staff. Nevin went to the trouble of chatting with everybody afterwards in the lounge and even gave our 10 year old a copy of one of his recipe books as a gift. Nevin is to be commended for supporting local producers and promoting irish food abroad through his tv shows. We also had the luxury of staying over at McNean House and the accomodation is tastefully presented and it is true what they say about the Irish Mist porridge, you need to taste it to find out!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank hilltop1
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

absoloutly fantastic. it is possibly the best place to eat and stay and any one who says otherwise is full of bollocks. exceded all of very high expectations. the welcome, warm atmosphere, perfect service, magnificant food, value for money, beautifull surroundings, stunning location, attention to detail, irish and local. this should be irelands new trademark. nevin maguire is a brilliant host a marvrllous chef and a fantastic restaraunteer. i cant thank him and his staff enough for the wonderfull night we had it was all perfect.

Room Tip: always be nice to receptionists. their the ones who choose your room.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank cillianshortt
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Blacklion is quite a drive for us but this restaurant is worth it.

We tried the Prestige menu and I couldn't find fault with it even if I tried. The combination of ingredients were something else. I am not a food critic. Just a person who enjoys eating something different in pleasant surroundings. The decor is lovely and everything is very clean. The service was professional and welcoming.

I definitely plan to return.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank rmc2005
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

We were told about MacNean's by some friends on holiday. They booked it for the four of us to have dinner and spend the night. It was a long and beautiful drive up from Malahyde. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and shown to our rooms right away. There was plenty of time to relax and go for a walk before dinner.

We had relaxing drinks in the bar and an interesting visit with Neven. Amazingly, he makes time to speak with everyone either before or after dinner.

The dinner was fantastic and I can honestly say that I didn't taste one thing I didn't like. Each of us had different meal and we were all thrilled with our choices. The wine list was excellent with a good mix of affordable and more extravagant bottles.

The rooms were large, comfortable and the bed was a dream. Our room only had a shower, but it was large with lots of power. I loved it! The entire place is homely and elegant at the same time. You are made to feel relaxed and comfortable as if you are in your own home.

We had a fantastic time and I would highly recommend MacNeans. We have decided to book a night every year and make this a couples tradition going forward. If you have a special occasion or are looking for a romantic night, this place is perfect!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Partyb16
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

We found the atmosphere in MacNeans lovely. There was a nice rapport in the waiting area, and staff were very attentive. The food is very much fine dining. With every course, you will get several versions of what you have ordered. I had the soup for starter, which was nice. It had a dumpling in the middle. Then I had a duck dish consisting of duck cooked four ways. The foie gras was amazing. Then I had the dry aged beef. It was alright. Just like a nice roast beef with gravy. My wife had the pork, and it was in a different league altogether. Desserts and petit fours were lovely. The star of the show here is definitely Neven Maguire. He was so nice to talk to and genuinely friendly, and grateful to see us. The bill was pricey, but you are paying for the quality and the name. A minor gripe was that we were booked for the 9pm sitting, but ended up starting our meal at 10pm, and finishing around midnight. It's very late to be finishing a heavy meal really. On the whole I won't be back, unless I get treated to a special occasion again ! Hats off to Neven for the way he runs his business and his really friendly manner

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank BurstYourBubble
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

Exceptional experience all round.
Starting with the most warmest of welcomes from the charming staff which were delightful throughout our stay.
Outstanding food, Mac Neans outshines anywhere else we have been, including Dublin's finest. Simply, there is nothing like the quality of the food and service here
Accomadation beautiful and immaculate.
Dinner,stay and breakfast joyous,we left on a high.
We so pleased and proud to say we have been.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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4  Thank Sarah2511
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Just stayed here and although would recommend it as a one-off I would not come back. The accommodation is decent for an Irish country guesthouse but lacks the small details, cable tv fuzzy, stale milk in the tea station. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming and the service is excellent. The guesthouse is comfortable but noisy, you can hear the adjacent rooms, showers, and our room faced the street which was noisy when the pubs directly opposite emptied out late at night/early the next am.. The curtains have no blackouts which meant bright light in the room from 5:30 onwards if you're there is summer. The b&b is expensive for what you get. There is not much else in the town but there are some nice walks down the road in the glen and the caves are well worth a look.

But we came here for the food and opted for the nine course tasting menu. It was good, but not on a par with what you would get in a similar establishment in S. Africa for example. Specifically, there were all the usual mousses, foams, sorbets but nothing that was light and tasted amazing. The wine list is priced to suit all budgets. The dining room is a little old-fashioned and very warm. It's nice but just like the food is a little 'heavy'. Breakfast was disappointing, quite typical of any establishment and not on a par with Doonbeg or Monart for example. McNean house ended up being a box-ticking exercise for us as a one-off but would not make a return trip.

Room Tip: Ask not to face the road
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank JamesandSusan
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Additional Information about MacNean House & Restaurant

Address: Main Street, Blacklion, Ireland
Region: Ireland > County Cavan > Blacklion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Blacklion
Price Range: £59 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Macnean House And Restaurant
Macnean House & Restaurant Hotel Blacklion
Macnean Bistro
Macnean Hotel Cavan

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