Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Slane, Co Meath

Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Slane, Co Meath

Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it even above the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but this restaurant, although certainly atmospheric, has much more to it than that. As everyone familiar with past winners of our Atmospheric category will know, we seek out establishments that offer very high standards all round, with great atmosphere as the icing on the cake.

Not many country houses can boast a fine dining destination restaurant as one of the most appealing strings to their hospitality bow, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Tankardstown House, Co Meath.

And what a restaurant. Although mainly a new build you would never guess it - the old cow shed was the starting point and, like everything else at Tankardstown, it has been built and finished with exquisite taste to create an atmospheric, slightly other-worldy setting for a very special dining experience.

The style is sophisticated rustic, with an open fire for winter and, for warmer days, a garden terrace accessed by French doors. Aside from the gorgeous setting the first thing you’ll notice here is the well trained and welcoming staff, who waste no time in offering a drink along with one of Robbie Krawczyk 's famously ingredients-led menus showcasing local foods and home produce from their own walled gardens, polytunnel and poultry enclosure.

They operate some terrific one-off evenings including an off-season Friday Night Project, which champions a particular local supplier and is especially worth checking out. The setting at Brabazon is charming, but it is much more than a pretty face.

Whether for dinner or Sunday lunch, a meal at this atmospheric restaurant is always a real treat.

20 votes

Tankardstown House

Slane, Co. Meath
Country House / Historic House / Restaurant / Wine Bar
For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Whether for a short break, a special occasion, a good meal or just a light bite and a browse around the gardens, this lovely period property near Slane is well worth a special visit. Arriving at dusk with the courtyard fountain, walled garden and swe ...

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