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Faithlegg House Hotel

Faithlegg

Faithlegg, Co. Waterford.

353 (0) 51 382000

Price: € 120-200 (for two with wine)

Hours: Open daily for food from 9am until 9pm

Review

Faithlegg House Hotel in Waterford is housed in an 18th century mansion in which has been restored to provide luxury accommodation in Ireland's magnificent South East. Located just six miles outside Waterford city, with its own golf course, it is one of the finest Waterford hotels.

The Roseville Room is one of only forty Irish restaurants to hold the AA rosette award which they have held for six years, and are very proud to have been awarded 2 AA rosettes earlier this year. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the original house, nestled alongside the banks of the River Suir.

Large picture windows overlooking beautifully manicured gardens create a feeling of calmness and tranquility, while the open roaring fire makes it very grand and cosy. The staff are professional and attentive, getting the balance just right and making every guest feel special and looked after. Head chef Jenny Flynn’s delicious cuisine showcases all that is best and finest from local artisan producers.

The wine list is extensive and runs over nine pages. Bottles start with a red or white Chilean cabernet sauvignon or sauvignon blanc for €23.50 and go all the way to €65 for a Chateauneuf-du-Pape or €51 for a Sancerre. We ordered a recommended bottle of Ten Rocks Sauv. blanc, a crisp, fresh wine with strong citrus flavours.

With a selection of warm breads, soft butter and a jug of iced water we began to browse through a selection of six starters which ranged in price from €7.95 for a creamed cauliflower soup to €12.50 for carpaccio of beef or pan seared scallops. Other choices were a confit rabbit terrine, Goatsbridge trout or a watercress risotto. As we progressed onto main courses there were another seven choices such as home-made pasta with roast squash and Bluebell Falls goats cheese as the vegetarian dish for €21, or a baked breast of free range chicken for €22, also oven roasted turbot and fillet of plaice make an appearance

I started with the scallops which were cooked to perfection and served with diced black pudding, sliced apple and drizzled with a cider and mustard vinaigrette. My husband decided to try the carpaccio of beef, thinly sliced rare beef which was served on a bed of rocket with a horseradish yoghurt, beautifully presented, imaginative and a flavour triumph. This was a theme that continued all through the evening; presentation was a work of art. 

To follow I went with the turbot which was presented on a bed of shredded cabbage with saffron potato and topped with a lime & orange salsa. Fresh flavours and fine fish made this dish a winner. Fred had the chargrilled fillet of beef, a generous serving of Irish beef, delicious and covered in natural jus with fondant potato, and a wild mushroom fricassee. Each element had its own voice, and the dish came together beautifully.

When it came to dessert we took a bit of a breather, but with such tempting choices it was hard not to try one. There was Faithlegg pistachio & oat cake, homemade ice cream & sorbet selection on a homemade tuille biscuit and triple chocolate mousse. Fred decided on the Irish farmhouse cheese board with homemade chutney, quince paste & Blaa crisps while I went with the Wexford strawberry tasting plate which had a selection of Eton mess, sable biscuits, ice cream and panna cotta.

The evening at Faithlegg was very enjoyable; our surroundings, the atmosphere and the food were so good. Whether you are looking for somewhere really special to relax and just take time out with loved ones, or enjoy a romantic break, Faithlegg has it all. Highly recommended.

 

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