The Egan family, of Inch House, set amongst farmland several miles out of Thurles, opened their house to guests the same year – 1989 – that we began to write guide books. Five years later, Nora Egan created a restaurant – much needed in this part of Tipperary – and latterly, having ceded the day-to-day running of this beautiful house to her daughter, Mairin, Nora Egan has created one of the best-loved black puddings you can find in Ireland. The Egan family are dynamic, and creative, and staying and eating in Inch House is always a special, rather grand experience. The restaurant is elegant and charming, the cooking is true and tasty: mussels gremolata; Inch House black pudding salad; confit duck with house ginger and orange sauce; hake with citrus beurre blanc. And don’t miss the potatoes and salad leaves from their own garden, and don’t miss the extraordinarily fine baking, which is amongst the very best in Tipperary. In a house that is filled with charm, you will discover that everything the family do in Inch House is inspired by generosity and creativity. That’s why it’s special.
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