SEASONAL DELIGHTS AT CAHERNANE HOUSE HOTEL
Dining at Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney is a delight for the senses. The exquisite 19th century country house hotel serves the finest food from early morning to the late evening through its various food offerings including the 2 AA Rosette Herbert Restaurant, Cellar Bar and the elegant Drawing Room. Cahernane House Hotel offers the perfect blend of exclusivity, romance and character within its surroundings for the ultimate dining experience.
Chef Eric Kavanagh heads up the complete food operation at the PREM group owned property and his passion for food is evident in every bite he produces. He places a strong emphasis on food provenance, following the journey of the produce from farm to fork. Chef Eric spends his time meeting with local suppliers to ensure the hotel is using the very best of locally sourced cuisine. Castletownbere crab served with cured turbot, sorrel and cucumber and Gubbeen cheese served with rosemary, carrot jelly and guineafowl pastrami are just a sample of the locally sourced produce on the menu from the Munster region.
The restaurant is named after Henry Herbert, who built the Manor house in 1877. The award winning 2 AA Rosette Herbert Restaurant serves some of the finest cuisine in the southwest, producing a vast array of dishes for all tastes. He ensures the finest quality ingredients form the backbone of each dish that are on the Table d’hote menu.
“It’s a seasonal thing,” said Eric. “You want to make the food so it’s good, but that it also shows technique and it’s not over the top and there for the sake of it. You see what’s around, what is in season, and you put it together and you make sure that there is some sense of technique to it to. From there you test it, and if it works you use it, if it doesn’t work you keep adjusting it until you’re happy with it really.”
As the summer season approaches, and the temperatures begin to rise Dover Sole fish features on Eric’s menu. Dover sole fish served with celeriac and squid ink puree, sea scallop cannelloni and verjus offers a mild and sweet seafood taste that is considered a delicacy throughout Europe.
The Herbert Restaurant in the hotel holds a coveted 2 AA Rosettes testament to Eric and his team’s skill, innovation and flair. The Herbert Restaurant epitomises the style and grandeur of the original house and commands beautiful views over the surrounding landscape. The restaurant is complete with luxury furnishings, original herringbone parquee flooring and fittings such as the beautiful decatent silk curtains which frame the stunning views over the Killarney National Park and lakes.
The dining room itself is reminiscent of times gone by and features hand painted wallpapers, hand moulded stucco work, rose ceilings and glamorous chandeliers creating an elegant stage on which the fantastic menus play out. The kitchen team at Cahernane have always wanted the dining experience to not only be exquisite but also entertaining. As each course comes out it is clear to see that the menu offers a uniquely modern Irish prospective for diners. Guests to the Herbert Restaurant can take in the very best that Killarney National Park has to offer whilst they dine with wild deer roaming freely beyond the windows
Meanwhile, unusual middle courses are certainly a talking point and create excitable conversation. The team have created exquisite dishes that are sure to be the topic of discussion as each course is served. Nettle custard and pressed kefir are just samples of the extraordinary dishes that are fused with the imagination and innovation.
Located in the basement of the hotel, The Cellar Bar occupies the original wine cellar of the house. It was recently renovated into a stylish and welcoming space which still retains many of its original features includes niches which were once home to the Herbert family fine collection of wines. The relaxed ambience of the Cellar Bar makes it an ideal choice for light bites or meals. The Cellar Bar offers traditional Irish favourites with a modern fusion. Old favourites like fish and chips and sirloin steak have been given an elegant twist by Chef Eric. Cellar bar offers a casual, relaxed dining experience deep in the heart of Cahernane House Hotel.
If you fancy having an authentic, ‘Downtown Abbey’ type experience, afternoon tea is served in the elegant Drawing Room. Enjoy a range of dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones with raspberry jam, lemon curd and rose cream and a selection of mini seasonal desserts. Guests can choose from a wide selection of coffee and tea or treat themselves to a glass of bubbly.
The property is a member of Ireland’s Blue Book and the prestigious Condé Nast Johannsen’s Traveler Guide. Condé Nast is widely regarded as the ultimate globetrotting bible for even the most discerning traveller and features luxury hotels, restaurants and destinations from all corners of the world. The hotel also won an International Gold Award of Excellence for the best 4-star hotel in Ireland from CIE Tours International in January of this year.
The various dining options at Cahernane House Hotel are available for hotel guests as as well non- residential visitors. Booking is essential.
For more information on Cahernane House Hotel or to make a booking see www.cahernane.com or call (064) 663 1895