The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Whilst most of the attention directed at The Lodge at Ashford goes to head chef Jonathan Keane’s precise, west coast cooking in Wilde’s Restaurant, the singular achievement of the hotel is the fact that the food offer is supremely strong right across the board. The breakfasts are amongst the best hotel breakfasts in Ireland. The bar food is imaginative and extremely enjoyable. Afternoon tea is just great. The children’s menus – fresh hake fish fingers; Castlemine Farm cheese burger with chopped salad; fresh fruit salad – are a textbook example of how to get kids to clear their plate. Mr Keane then summons up this drive for excellence in his own cooking, and he doesn’t miss a beat – home-cured salmon with watercress velouté; cod with oyster and samphire mayo; featherblade with stout jus. A hotel on top form.
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