Dunmore House is situated right on the Wild Atlantic Way just 5 min drive outside the beautiful West Cork town of Clonakilty. As you drive out to Dunmore H ouse you are spoilt by breathtaking views of the ocean and the rugged landscape of West Cork.
This very elegant Country house hotel has amazing views as it is situated on a hill side looking over Clonakilty Bay. The hotel was first opened in 1934 just as a guesthouse and in 1961 it became a hotel. Over the years there have been many additions to the property, such as an extra 15 bedrooms with stunning sea views. There is a 9 hole golf course with club house to the rear, and on a sunny day you can sit outside on one of five different seating areas, one of which has a bar built in the shape of a boat, which looks fantastic.
This is a family run hotel, and there is a warm welcome on arrival. As a base for exploring West Cork it is particularly good, and all the staff are local and have a great knowledge of all the best things to see and do.
The Adrift restaurant is a key component of the offering here. This smart contemporary dining room has magnificent views and an interesting and eclectic collection of modern art. Indeed, art is a thing here, and fine pieces are to be found throughout the hotel.
The menu is nicely put together and features, quite naturally, a great selection of seafood, as well as produce found from local growers and suppliers. I love to see plenty of West Cork produce on the menu; fresh seafood and shellfish from Union Hall, meats from Clonakilty craft butchers and organic produce from the surrounding West Cork countryside. If fish isn’t your thing, they also have some excellent local lamb, and an interesting Cypriot chicken dish is usually on the menu.
The wine list is well put together and features wines from small producers, with some I haven’t come across, but would gladly return to try.
So what do two chefs eat on a review? To start I had the Union Hall crab cakes with a coconuts cream sauce and organic mix leaves. The sign of a good crab cake is that you can taste the crab, and not everything else. This was the case here. Gently seasoned, with the sweet flavour coming though, they were a triumph,
Anne Marie started with the homemade chicken liver pâté that was the very good, and came with a tangy yet sweet redcurrant jelly.
Main course brought me more of the flavours from Union hall, with a dish of prawn scampi which was mouth-watering. While I enjoyed a taste of the sea, she stayed on the land with a perfectly cooked fillet steak with rich gratin potatoes, a carrot and parsnip mash and fresh asparagus.
We were too full for dessert, even the special dessert tummy couldn’t handle it, and so we sipped our wine and enjoyed the sunset. There are many places to stay down West Cork way, but I have to say that Dunmore House has to be up there in the top 10 best places to stay and eat. Highly recommended.
**Dunmore House is a very popular wedding venue; as a setting for photos alone it’s a great location. Add to that tasteful decoration, splendid food and it’s easy to see why it is so popular.