The Nuremore Restaurant is located in The Nuremore Hotel & Country Club in Carrickmacross, on the old Dublin Road as you cross the border from Ardee into Monaghan.
The hotel opened its doors in the late 1980s and was a well known stop for anybody travelling up north. Within the property is the main restaurant, the Ivy Bar for a lighter bite to eat, superb leisure facilities, championship golf course and custom built conference facilities. With current Covid government guidelines in place everything is done on pre-booked time slots, and this seems to be working really well, and everybody can enjoy their stay safely. Private dining is an option here, which may suit some parties.
The restaurant is split over two levels overlooking beautifully manicured gardens and the lakes in the distance. On entering you are met with a stunning glass wine vault, and then the main room. We were guided to our table, down by the window and were delighted to be able to enjoy the stunning views. All the tables were set for dinner service with crisp white linen, gleaming glassware and sparkling silverware, staff were exceptionally welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed.
As we started to browse the menus a board of Guinness bread was brought the table along with still and sparkling water, to keep us going while we chose. The menu is a set affair offering 2 courses for €25, or three for €30. Pretty good value for a four star hotel.
The wine list was short and well presented over one page which made it very easy to read. There was a choice of four whites and four reds starting at €22 for a Chilean San Elias Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon up to €37.50 for a Chilean Nimbus chardonnay. There was also a selection of wines by the glass ranging from €6.60 to €8.20, a Prosecco for that something special or a rose if pink is your preference. We ordered a bottle of Dr Loosen Riesling which was a light and refreshing choice, and lower in alcohol which meant the head would be good the next morning.
There was a choice of four starters which meant we could all try something different and went with the Howth smoked salmon and fennel for me while Fred had the roast pear & beetroot salad with goat’s cheese and Keisha had the classic Caesar salad with chicken & crispy bacon. On this round the pear & beetroot took centre stage with the flavours complimenting each other beautifully, while the smoked salmon and fennel was a great combo. Classic Caesar was well made, nicely dressed and textured.
When it came to the main course again the choice of five dishes made selection easy; Fred jumped at the Gressingham duck which was cooked in honey & spices and served with potato fondant and a duck jus. A splendid choice as was so full of flavor, and of course with Monaghan being renowned for duck you knew it was going to be fabulous. Keisha chose the sirloin steak which came with sautéed onions and a pepper cream sauce, at a €7 supplement. It was cooked just as she had liked medium rare, and the flavour was consistent with well sourced local produce. I took the comfort food route with roast chicken with roast carrot and thyme jus. Somewhat unusual choices for me, or for a review, but sometimes the old reliables are hard to pass by.
Desserts were mouth-wateringly tempting; it would have been rude not to try one. There was a warm sticky toffee pudding served with toffee sauce, apple & berry crumble with vanilla ice cream, warm raspberry cake also with vanilla ice cream or a vanilla crème brulee with chocolate chip cookie. The daughter got to choose here and we ended up sharing the crème brulee. I enjoyed the indulgence of the brulee whilst Keisha enjoyed the cookie and Fred opted for his own raspberry cake. All were delicious and enjoyed with good coffee to finish the evening.
The Nuremore is a delight, its location and setting with beautiful walks and that golf course make for a perfect staycation spot and well within striking distance from Dublin for a quick night away.