Cedar's Grill at Lough Eske Castle restaurant
Lough Eske, Donegal Town
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Reviewed 22nd March 2013 (visited 21 March 2013 )
Having stayed here for two nights, we had the opportunity to visit the restaurant on each night of our stay. The hotel itself is beautiful and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere depending on where you are seated. Some of the tables are situated in the entry way or segregated from the remainder of the restaurant beside the kitchen door and the waiter station which is not all that pleasant. My recommendation here is to request a table in the main part of the restaurant which is fine for the most part. As dinner was included as part of our package, we were offered the table d'hote menu (I am presuming there was a more lengthy a la carte as the set menu was quite limited). We had belly pork and salmon and potato terrine for starter and both were fine although the salmon could have been presented better and the pork was very underseasoned. For mains we had tuna and hake. Both of these were nice but the vegetables which came with the mains were in short supply. On the second night I ordered an additional portion and this was also really small, a bit withered and very uninspiring. The dessert menu is quite samey - lots of things along the same lines - panna cotta, delice, duo of chocolate. They were nice but I've got to say, nothing to write home about. In terms of value for money, the €55 table d'hote menu is reasonable value but the extra costs mount up in particular when you consider that a 700ml bottle of still water will set you back €5.90. Yes, that is correct and not a typo - €5.90 for a bottle of water. The staff here are some of the most pleasant you will meet anywhere. If the game could be raised in terms of the food on offer, this place could be really fantastic.
Reviewed 15th June 2012 (visited 26 May 2012 )
I went here for my birthday with great expectations as it is a 5star hotel but I didn't feel it lived up to what I had heard. We ate in the main restaurant, the menu seemed great for a 5star but when our starters came out we were a little disappointed. The prawns my partner had were 14euro and consisted of 4 small enough prawns with an unimpressive presentation at the cost of 14euro. I work in the hospitality industry and knew that this was a disappointing rip off. The rest of the food was of good standard, Beef and duck were lovely but starters presentation wasn't great, but service was magnificent. I have dined 5 star before but on this night it was Not 5star quality I'm afraid.
Reviewed 12th December 2011 (visited 10 December 2011 )
Got to stay here with a voucher and was pretty impressed with certain aspects. The hotel itself is beautiful and looked very festive with all the Christmas decorations. We ate dinner and breakfast here. As part of the voucher we got €50 towards our dinner bill. It was only when we sat dinner that we were told that this was against the Table d'hote menu, which was €55 and not the a la carte menu. I was disappointed by that as I would never pay that much money for such a menu. Anyways, we ordered as we didn't really have much choice. For starters, I had the scallops, which came in a dish of pureed potato. The 2 scallops were lovely but it was strange to have potato like this with it....it was a big portion of potato and it's not something I would put with scallops. My boyfriend had the crispy pork belly, which was nice. For mains, I had the duck and my boyf went for the steak. My duck was slightly disappointing. The leg was very dry so I left that. The steak was good and nicely cooked. Desserts were also hit and miss. We ordered cheese as it's difficult to mess that up and then we also had the chocolate tasting place. Wasn't hugely impressed wtih this. The chocolate cake was very ordinary and the cherries were tasty but they were just 3 of them. With wine and a tip, dinner came to €180 (€130 when you subtract the €50. Ouch! Breakfast the next day was very good, lots of fresh food and eggs cooked to order. Would stay in hotel again but would be happy to just eat in the bar. I put the value as good as we did use a voucher so did save some money!
Reviewed 13th September 2010 (visited 6 September 2010 )
stayed here recently. the breakfast buffet was top quality and fresh. nice atmosphere, great hotel
Reviewed 16th July 2010 (visited 14 July 2010 )
we stayed here for the weekend and sampled the food in The Cedars Restaurant. I must say we truely enjoyed our food here, the crab salad for starter was delicious followed by the surf and turf! best steak i've had in a long time. Although the portions looked small, put it theis way, we couldnt move from the table we were that stuffed! lots of friendly attention from the staff and plenty of bread given to us! would definately love to come back! only sore point was the price of the meal.. but we felt it was earned!
Reviewed 15th June 2010 (visited 27 May 2010 )
I had heard alot of bad reviews on the food, service, value for money etc. So I checked it out a few weeks ago with two other friends and I have to say it was a lovely afternoon, great Atmosphere, the food was lovely, the service couldnt have been better, and it was great value for money. I will be going back again soon. 10/10
Reviewed 08th March 2010 (visited 20 February 2010 )
Lovely location. Staff were very good and attentive. However the food was a real let down. My starter was quite bland. I had fish for the main course and it was half raw. We didn't sample the desserts as they didn't sound very appealing e.g. honey and Guinness tart!