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The Old Convent
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Clogheen
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
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“Don't tell anyone!”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

I wanted to treat my long suffering wife with a well deserved 24 hour break from the day to day... I wanted to stay somewhere where we could eat well, relax and draw a breath. There was lots of obvious hotels and resorts, but did I want to be watching people walking around in bath robes? No. Did I want to share my precious 24 hours with a wedding party or corporate Ireland. Nope.
Enter "The old Convent". Yes, situated in a sleepy South Tipp town, it is well served by good roads and motorways, making it easily accessible for most of the country. Our route brought us via the always picturesque heritage town of Lismore in west Waterford. From there, a stunning drive through the Vee pass, awash with beautiful rhododendrons in full bloom. Thanks to advice from our hostess Christine, we stopped at the small car park and walked down the rough path past the Bay Lough, providing stunning views and an hours exercise.
Within less than 10 minutes of being back in the car we were arriving at the OC. Driving into the understated entrance, the driveway revealed all to herself (who was still non the wiser!). She turned to me and said "you never were predictable!". Nice.
We met the donkeys first, who rushed over to greet us. Either that, or they had the bag of carrots in their sights. The chooks had no interest in us, but our thoughts began to turn towards the culinary delights ahead! Inside the house, a charming Canadian lady welcomed us and gave us the tour. Shortly afterwards we relaxed in style in the drawing room with coffee and spectacular macaroons. Newspapers and Van the Man jamming in the background. Breathe.
So much has been written already about dinner, it's difficult to add too much. Wonderful. As with all tasting menus, some dishes sat better with us than others. To be super critical we did find both of the sweet dishes disappointing, in particular the baked cherry ricotta added nothing to the meal. Highlights for us were the pork belly, the champagne sorbet (notably, the ginger pickle to accompany) and the aga beef. Sublime. Having read previous reviews re: the wine list, I found the prices to be fair. We went with a very good Sancerre, and a memorable glass of sticky dessert wine, that compensated for the slightly underwhelming puddings. Then more coffee in the drawing room to round off a lovely evening.
For me though, my overwhelming highlight was my breakfast. Flute of sparkling raspberry juice. Great start. Then came the delicious granola and fruit pots, with the cinnamon apple, which was really good. The chickens then delivered for herself's smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, creme fraiche and trout caviar served with belini pancakes. She was happy! This is where I went off piste a little. The lovely lady who had greeted us the previous day who took great care of us during breakfast, looked thrilled when I ordered the savoury option. I knew I was onto a good thing! Enter Udon noodles, baby beets, minted pineapple, black sesame topped with the perfect fried egg. So many wonderful flavours, without doubt, one of my all time favourite breakfasts!
Dermot, quite correctly, was mentioned several times during the meals, so we were dissapointed that at no time did we get to say hello, especially after reading on many other reviews that seems to be standard practice. The front of house staff were lovely and efficient, and knowledgeable about the dishes, but we were sorry we didn't get to chat to the chef in a little more detail. Christine, however, was charming and runs a very good ship.
Thanks to all, I have to go off and earn a few more pennies so that we can go back...

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Loved every part of our experience here. The venue is stunning. The 8 course tasting dinner is done brilliantly. This is my 3rd time here for dinner and I have also stayed here once before when my family were visiting Ireland. The staff are so friendly and helpful, and were brilliant in accommodating my pregnant wife with a slight change to the dinner menu. The standard of food is some of the best you will get in Ireland. Definitely recommend a stay and dinner here to anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Ashbourne, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This is our fifth visit to this most relaxing location. The service and attention to detail remain top priority and the food is superb. You wouldnt meet more friendly or helpful staff anywhere and although the staff appear to have changed over the years the high standards of those who have gone before is maintained. The only small difference we noticed on this visit was that complimentary fruit drinks and home made biscuits were no longer available but not a game changer. A great place for that special occasion !!

Room Tip: Worth spending that little more on a Junior suite !
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

8 course tasting menu for dinner. Superb. 1* cooking but without the fuss. Very clever use of texture and salt elements in a low key way (salted walnuts in a leek mousse with slow cooked boar belly for example) that show off techniques without ramming it in your face. Basil and rhubarb jelly with whipped ricotta to start and then on from there ...

Expensive, justifiably so, and the bedrooms are fantastic, but its all about the food. Breakfast the next day was equally good. Winelist expensive also, but with only 7 double rooms and 28 covers in the restaurant you can understand why. Highly recommended for a special treat. Check out the menu's online rather than me reciting them here, all very seasonal so changes frequently.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Co Kildare
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was my first time to visit South Tipperary/North Waterford which must be the most underrated parts of Ireland. With the Galtee, Knockmealdown and Comeragh mountains it is a walkers dream. We settled for climbing the Vee which wasn't too tough apart from the horizontal rain and clouds which did spoil the view. Arriving soaked to the Old Convent we were offered lovely cakes and biscuits, tea or coffee and were given a quick tour of the house. We certainly enjoyed our soak in the bath. The room was large and very comfortable.

It was almost a full house in the dining room for the tasting menu. We enjoyed almost everything they served us apart from the bbq pork belly, which was served with crozier blue cheese, too fatty and just didn't work with the cheese.

This was one of the best breakfasts i have ever had. Every element of the full Irish was as good as it could be. The waffles were nice but a little doughy.

The Old Convent is a lovely place for a break in a lovely part of Ireland For €65 for the tasting menu it is excellent value, it just needs a finer touch to elevate it to outstanding. The rooms are gorgeous.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

I would like to thank all involved in particular Christine who couldn't of been more friendly or helpful . From the moment we arrived we were made feel extremely welcome . The rooms were very comfortable with a large bath and very comfortable bed . Ourselves and our friends were blown away by the tasting menu last night and the breakfast both mornings were second to none but it was the little things like inviting us to go feed their four donkeys that will live long in our memories .All in all it was a great find and can't wait to return as I would love to visit the area in better weather .

Room Tip: If staying it is well worth popping down to Brendan's Bar in the village . great little boozer w...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Franklin, Tennessee
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

There is not much one needs to say other than - PERFECT! As a party of 4 (two couples) we somehow knew that this was going to be a treat and a location that would prove difficult to beat or even come close to over the ensuing 2 1/2 weeks left on our discovery tour. The web site is well done and the picture of the Old Convent was good, but nothing beats driving up to it and entering the gate to the property. We were instantly met at the front door by Christine (owner along with her husband Dermot, whom we met later). Christine is probably STILL astonished at the amount of luggage 2 couples can place into the boot of a Land Rover Discovery 4 - actually Land Rover would be equally astonished!! After a really warm welcome and checking into our rooms, we settled down to coffee, tea and cake in the drawing room, but not wanting to spoil the coming 8-course tasting dinner, we restrained ourselves. Upon entering the "Chapel" for dinner, we were silently screaming "YES" - one instantly knew that what we were about to experience would be nothing shy of spectacular - and it was! Dermot and his staff put on a display fine dining to the upper end, but yet not over the top - just 1st class in every way. The dining room staff and servers were among the best our group have ever experienced and each and every bite or sip was a pure joy. We would discover 10 days later in Clifden that one fine establishment had to stop serving dinners after Dermot had left to start his own new career - he IS that good!! Other than what has been said by me and others about The Old Convent and staff, one will also be given as much detail as one desires about what to do and see in the area. We made only one huge mistake associated with this 2-day stay - that we did not dine here for both days!! There is NO other option - nothing close. My wife & I will endeavor to return here one day - almost a singular reason to fly back to Ireland alone!! Well Done Christine & Dermot and your talented and lovely staff!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Old Convent
Address: Mount Anglesby, Clogheen, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Tipperary > Clogheen
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Number of rooms: 6
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