Gregans Castle Hotel is the ultimate luxury hideaway set within the visually enchanting and unique Burren landscape with it’s myriad botanical, archaeological and cultural treasures and with breathtaking views across Galway Bay.
A stylish mix of fine antique furniture and paintings together with a sprinkling of interesting modern Irish art adorn this graceful house. Welcoming turf fires, candlelight and generous jugs of garden flowers add to the relaxing atmosphere. A mature garden, sensitively borrowed from the landscape and the surrounding bucolic setting, together with strong environmental ethics ensures a peaceful co-existence with nature.
Dining is one of the highlights of a stay at Gregans Castle Hotel. Chef Mickael Viljanen’s award winning and creative cuisine makes this one of the top gourmet destinations in Ireland. Non residents are welcome for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Gregans Castle is the hottest destination in Ireland right now, and Mickael Viljanen’s food is simply awesome. “The best meal I have eaten in Ireland”, says your ultra-foodie friend. “I’m going to go work a stage with this guy”, says the acclaimed chef. “Never had a meal like it”. “He’s as talented as I’ve ever seen”, says another stellar chef. It is just as well that Mickael Viljanen is a modest, well-rooted man- he’s exeptionally modest, in fact – because if he wasn’t then the tsunami of praise would have fair turned his head. Gregans is part of the pantheon of inspired Irish restaurants that have enjoyed periods of utter transcendence – Arbutus ; Ballymaloe, Roscoff; Shiro; Truffles; Shanks; L’Ecrivain; Chapter One; MacNean are some others that come to mind – and the experience of staying here and eating here is simply unforgettable. Viljanen’s culinary forays with superb local ingredients – egg; potato; beetroot; cod; apples- reveal a tumultuous talent, and a chef who has a philosopher’s curiosity to match his artisan’s graft. This is extraordinary cooking; it takes your breath away.
(John & Sally McKenna – The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2011).
The Dining Room is open for dinner as follows:
February, March & November – Weekends and some selected other dates (please enquire). From 6.00pm to 8.30pm (9.00pm on Saturdays).
April to October – Monday to Saturday from 6.00pm to 8.30pm (9.00pm on Saturdays).
On Sundays (excluding bank holiday weekends) we serve a Special 4 course Tasting Luncheon Menu in the Dining Room from 1.00pm to 7.00pm. On Bank Holiday Weekend Sundays the Dining Room is open for dinner as usual with the full dinner menu available.
Our ever expanding and extensive wine list features wines from every continent and includes a large selection of organic and bio-dynamic wines.
Breakfast is served from 8.00am to 10.00am or earlier by arrangement.