Review on Rathmullan House, The Cook & Gardener Restaurant
Built as a summer residence for the Batt banking family during the early 1800s, Rathmullan House was home to a fellowship of Christian walkers before becoming a hotel during the 1960s. It stands sedately in delightful gardens by the shores of Lough Swilly, with the sea not far away.
At the heart of the house is the The Cook & Gardener Restaurant (designed by the late Irish architect Liam McCormick), which is famous for its striking tented ceiling and views of Lough Swilly. Local produce is topped up with organic stuff from the hotel's restored walled garden, and the kitchen goes about its work with flair and creativity. Typical offerings have included fillet of turbot with clams and roast langoustines with a tomato and chicken stock glaze, and a porcine duo of roast pork fillet with braised belly, baby pak choi and olive mash. To finish, don't miss the Carrageen moss pudding – made with seaweed picked from the local shores.
The wine list has been knowledgably assembled, with quality across the range and an impressive selection of organic and biodynamic bottles. If you are looking for lunch or a light supper, head to the intriguing dungeon-like Cellar Bar or Batt's Café/Bar for sustenance.
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Modern Irish / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00 - 11.00am
Dinner: 7.00 – 8.45pm Sun-Thu (7.00 - 9.15pm Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express