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The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballingarry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 January 2014

We visited in late November and loved the ambiance, Xmas decorations, and the food was superb. It's a magical place and part of the enjoyment is the staff--esp. John. He was wonderful and so welcoming. This is so far superior than staying at a large facility. Very intimate and a feeling of a home away from home. We've raved about them ever since we returned home. Our favorite place of all.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Our first visit to The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge recently happened a week before Christmas and was occasioned by a significant birthday of a family member. So, as we were travelling, we opted to stay over. If, like us, you find the weeks before Christmas a bit hectic, then you will understand the idea of arriving at a venue with not much time to spare, coupled with the need to get dressed up as quickly as "Wonder Woman in a phone box"! Yet, when Dan welcomed us as we checked in and assured us that tea/coffee and "a bit of homemade Christmas cake" in front of the fire would not delay us unduly, we immediately chilled out and allowed ourselves to be taken care of! Yes, we transformed ourselves in time for pre-dinner drinks with a large family gathering and by the time we sat down for dinner, all our cares had melted away. We had one of the two dining rooms for our party and our biggest problem with the menu was in narrowing down the choices to our most favourite selections. Although a carnivore, I opted for a vegetarian main course which showcased beautiful seasonal ingredients, among them chestnuts and this was one of the best vegetarian dishes I have ever eaten. Food and service is paramount at Echo Lodge and combines international standards with a warm, caring interest in all of its guests. Slept like a baby at Echo Lodge and for breakfast, decided to forego the porridge (with whiskey and cream) in favour of the Smoked Chicken Omelette .. and it was incredibly good! Dan made everyone in our party, from 9 years old to 90, feel special and as we drove away from this magical place, we vowed to magic ourselves away again very soon for a hideaway weekend to this little piece of heaven!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

stayed and ate there between Christmas and New Year. Had stayed here before and this time it was even better. The welcome, the food and the menu was really excting for the time of year, and a lovely change from the festive foods. Room excellent and service was really good.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

Quality food, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere!What more could you ask for?!Excellent. Will definitely try and repeat this experience.The drive was a bit far from Limerick city centre, it took about 30min but well worth it.Nice little hide away.

Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Recently my husband, our 13 years old pet dog Mr Murphy and I stayed at Echo Lodge in Ballingary for three days, we eat, we drank, we slept, we walked and we embraced the opportunity to recharged our batteries.
Echo Lodge is a wounderful peaceful hideaway and minutes from Adare, Limerick race course and city.
I want to thank Dan, Johnedward, Rolond and all the staff for the professional, friendly, homely and thoughtful way in which we were cared for during our stay.
The restaurant at this hotel is " The Mustard Seed" and the food from breakfast all the way to dinner was mouthwatering AND exciting, my fav dinner was the Partridge and pear.
They serve several types of breakfast one being the porridge made with a shot of Irish whiskey, perfect for the winter mornings!!
The accommodation was amazing, we had an apartment with, living room with fire, kitchen and upstairs bedroom with ensuite, the views very lovely and a walk of 10mins puts you in the local village of Ballingary.
Our pet was welcomed with kindness, which for those of us who treat our pets as part of our family will greatly appreciate!!
Thanks to all of you again for your kindness and you will see us in the future.
Carol Clancy,
Limerick City

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

If you are looking for amazing food, unparalled hospitality and comfortable accommodation this is the place for you. We had a badly needed time out and the Mustard Seed exceeded all our expectations. They were sold out of Fillet Steak so we opted for the sirloin which was superior quality and beautifully cooked. I am a coeliac, have an egg and prawn allergy and I was bowled over by what was on offer. We were previlaged to be staying here and felt so welcome by John Edward and all the staff. If you have a wish list put the Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge on it. We will be back

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

My wife & I and another couple recently dined in the Mustard See. It's a bit of an institution around here, known for the beautiful setting & good food.. The positives first...lovely location, excellent service and the starters & desserts were very tasty. However ... all four of us (none of whom is a fussy eater!) were massively disappointed with the quality of main courses. On arrival, we were presented with a set menu of 5 - 6 options, one of which was beef steak, with a choice of fillet or sirloin. One of our group, on asking for the fillet was told 5 minutes later "sorry, we don't have any left". This was early on a Saturday evening, about 7.30pm so I find it incredible that a well run restaurant could run out of one of the few options on the set menu so early.

As for the main courses when they arrived, the 2 of us who ordered sirloin steak found it chewy, gristly and of a quality you would be unhappy with if you had bought the cheapest butcher's cut. The very strange thing was that, for both of us, of the 3 pieces of fillet on each plate, we both had one piece which was absolutely beautiful, tender and tasty (the other 2 being almost inedible). Did they run out of the "good" stuff and decided to try to spread it around??? The other 2 in our party had the wild boar and again found it extremely tough.

I had heard previously a few people saying that the Mustard Seed was trading on it's name, with the quality of food no longer appropriate to the prices it was charging. I can confirm that this sadly is true.

I complained on the night, with the waiter saying that he'd mention it to the chef, and one of the others in our group was so annoyed that she subsequently wrote in to complain.

Really disappointing and not only will I not return, but I so annoyed at the really poor quality of food that was dished out that I am telling everyone who will listen. When I compare it to some of the other restaurants we have been to lately, where the food has been of far superior quality, and half the price (see my other reviews), the Mustard Seed owners / management should be ashamed.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Ballingarry, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Limerick > Ballingarry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballingarry
Price Range: £157 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of the Co. Limerick countryside is The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, a converted 19th century convent. The celebrated and comfortable Echo Lodge is set amid mature trees, herbaceous borders, orchard and kitchen garden. Home to The Mustard Seed restaurant, the busy, buzzy dining room has long been highly acclaimed, attracting lovers of good food and fine wine from around the globe. The Mustard Seed is an oasis of understated luxury. ... more   less 
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