Review on Tinakilly Country House, The Brunel Restaurant
Built by the British government in 1883 for mariner supreme Captain Robert Halpin, Tinakilly is now rated as one of Ireland's top corporate and business destinations, although it is also a favourite hideaway treasured by nature-loving romantics.
The Gaelic name (Ti na Coille) translates as 'house in the wood', and the greatly extended Victorian mansion stands in delightful gardens with views across a bird sanctuary towards the sea. Much attention focuses on the intimate, wood-panelled Brunel Restaurant, which is laid out in immaculate fashion with floral displays and pristine tableware.
The kitchen makes excellent use of native Irish produce for concise menus with six choices at each stage. Game pie with Madeira and walnut jus appears as a starter, alongside locally picked wild mushrooms with smoked bacon and orange dressing. A soup or sorbet precedes main courses of Wicklow venison with fondant potatoes and red onion marmalade or fillets of sea bass with asparagus thyme and veal jus. Irish cheeses are alternatives to desserts such as lemon and passion fruit tart with chocolate sorbet.
Tinakilly Country House, The Brunel Restaurant is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.30 - 10.30am
Lunch: 12.00 - 4.00pm Sun
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express