2009 Award Winners NATURAL FOOD AWARD 2009

Rathmullan House

Failte IrelandA pleasing dining room overlooking the lovely gardens and Lough Swilly provides a fine setting for upbeat traditional cooking at the Wheeler family’s Rathmullan House. Menus are based on the very best of local and artisan foods – and, working closely with organic gardener, Dennis Hawke, chef Ian Orr creates dishes around fresh produce from their own restored walled garden; anyone with so much as a passing interest in good food or gardening should make a point of slipping through the gate at the back of the car park to spend some time here, as this highly productive garden is immaculately maintained and a joy to visit.

Menus include beautifully conceived dishes based on wild and naturally produced foods, including specialities like home-smoked Silverhill duck breast, fillet of North Atlantic halibut (served with handmade crab ravioli, perhaps), a fine farmhouse cheese selection and an ever-present seasonal compôte of garden fruits with carrageen pudding.

Another particularly attractive feature of Rathmullan is the Children’s Menu - a proper little person’s version of the adult menu, with lots of choices and no concessions to ‘popular’ fare, this is education on a plate.

And the impeccably sourced wine list includes half a dozen organic & bio-dynamic wines, too; all this plus caring service and a beautiful location... natural food comes so easily here, it is hard to imagine anything else.

51 votes

Rathmullan House

Rathmullan, Co. Donegal
Country House
A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Has Good Hotel Guide Url 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 Serious About Seafood 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
Rathmullan House has a well deserved following for its unique blend of quality and informality, the fantastic location, family-friendliness, superb food and an innovative mindset - and it's in top form these days Set in lovely gardens on the shores of ...

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