Kieran O’Halloran had already won a reputation for mighty cooking in Lisdoonvarna’s Roadside Tavern before moving south and taking over the former Roadford House, in the centre of Doolin village, which he re-christened Oar. Mr O’Halloran describes his cooking as “rustic fine dining” which sounds like an oxymoron, until you eat rump of lamb with feta and pomegranate, or rib-eye with agrodolce onions, or beef carpaccio with wasabi crumb, and you realise that is exactly what the kitchen has achieved: gutsy, vivid flavours captured in serene, polished, cheffy creations that shows a kitchen that is really having fun. The dining room is one of the most charming on the Wild Atlantic Way, and the five rooms upstairs are extremely comfortable and offer all you need. Oar is a new west coast star.
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