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Castle Hotel and Restaurant Macroom

B s restaurant

Main Street, Macroom, Cork, Ireland

+353 (0)26 41074

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days


The Castle Hotel is a family run hotel, set in the centre of the bustling town of Macroom in County Cork, offering comfortable, stylish surroundings, great hospitality and high standards of accommodation and food.

The Castle Hotel has been extensively renovated recently, giving it a contemporary look and feel, with attractive modern interiors and crisp clean colours. The colour scheme is warms reds and golden woods, set off with exposed dark rock walls and contemporary furniture like comfy leather sofas and a large Scandinavian style log fire.

There are two dining options available in the Castle Hotel, the carvery and bar menu in the Café Bar or Dan Buckley’s Bar, or the contemporary B’s Bistro. There is a busy lunch trade with regulars and visitors alike. The carvery is well run and the food is well presented and fresh throughout service, which makes it a step above a lot of other places. Prices are fair, and head chef Pat goes to some lengths to source good meats. You may have a choice of Muskery beef, Macroom pork or locally sourced ham from Michael Twomey.

B’s bistro raises the bar in the evening with a well thought out bistro style menu, which is again locally sourced, and consequently changes with the season and depends on availability, but to give you an idea starters may well include bruschetta with tomato, rocket and parmesan shavings, a smoked bacon and warm potato salad with blue cheese dressing or the castle tapas plate which will give you a flavour of some local produce from the kitchen.

Main courses include locally sourced Canovee Lamb on a Bed of Champ Potato With Red Wine & Mint Jus or the excellent and intriguing Kenmare Bay Crabmeat Crumble, which is as it sounds, tastes delicious and is a nice touch. There is a roast of the evening as well as a couple of fish dishes and a pan seared duck breast with oriental noodles and spices.

Finish off with homemade classic desserts like banoffi or meringue roulade, or for a savoury finish, the plate of west Cork cheeses with crackers and chutney is carefully chosen and shows off the local artisan producers well.

The Castle Hotel is celebrating 60 years in business this year, and the Buckley family have been in situ for all of that time, with brothers Don and Gerard now running the business. They are organising a re-union for all and any of the staff who contributed to the success of the business to mark the milestone. That’s the kind of personal touch that typifies this friendly, well run and quite striking hotel.
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