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The Wild Geese

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Richly imaginative, modern creative cooking from David Foley, allied to the highest levels of service you will find from Julie Randles, explains the enduring success of The Wild Geese, one of the prettiest restaurants in Adare, which is itself perhaps the prettiest village in Ireland.
Throughout its history, David has cooked and Julie has managed the front of house, and everything in The Wild Geese has run with clockwork-like precision. The seeming effortlessness the pair exude masks just how hard they work, however, for there is a great deal of preparation and professionalism underpinning everything at The Wild Geese. But they have that sprezzatura ease: the effort never shows, the ease of delivery is total. It’s no surprise to learn that Mr Foley once worked with one of the great modern master professionals, Stephen Bull, early on in his career, for he has the same sense of order and logic in his food as Stephen Bull always epitomised. So, settle into this absurdly pretty and relaxing series of rooms, and enjoy the great Wild Geese signature dishes such as Kenmare smoked salmon stuffed with crab meat; Castletownbere scallops with black pudding and deep-fried leeks; corn-fed chicken with goats’ cheese wrapped in Parma ham; scallops with slow-cooked pork belly; lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and Italian meringue. The food is soulful and delicious, the setting is sublime, whilst the service from Ms Randles is simply as good as it gets. You won’t want to leave.

David Foley & Julie Randles
Rose Cottage, Main Street, Adare, County Limerick.
+ 353 61 396451

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