With visiting friends, I happened across the chalkboard signage for this new restaurant whilst returning home to Kenmare “over the tops” between Lauragh and Tousist. Having noted “booking recommended” and eager to make an occasion of our last evening together, I phoned early the next morning to make a reservation.
We were not disappointed: The venue is unique, the welcome by Debra and her young assistant was warm and genuine and the vista from the enormous windows of the reception and dining area is spectacular.
After the complimentary glass of wine offered to us on arrival, (the restaurant is unlicensed so diners are welcome to bring their own wine if they wish) we found everything on the carefully compiled and unpretentious menu to be made from fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. I enjoyed a generous serving of mussels to start, a main course of sea bass with roasted new potatoes and for dessert, a generous portion of two types of Kenmare ice-cream – raspberry and Baileys; delicious! To complete our meal, we shared a huge pot of strong Kenmare roasted Fairtrade coffee.
A little off the beaten track and in a unique venue and setting, Lauragh Lodge Restaurant offers a refreshing combination of high quality food, prepared and cooked to perfection, personal service and attention to detail and where the delightful ambience puts it apart from the rest.
I will definitely be booking a return visit in the not too distant future.
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