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Reviewed 25 August 2019 via mobile

Amazing setting, terrific views, wonderful hosts and really great breakfast options make this a a great place to stay in Donegal. We are glad that we opted to stay there instead of Donegal Town which is OK for a little shopping and the Castle but...Castle Murray House was very special. A nice plus was the “honor bar” a full bar like a small pub onsite where you can just list what you used. A nice benefit if you are settled in for the night and don’t want to go out.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

We stayed at Castle Murray in June , it was wonderful. We were informed ahead of time that the restaurant was closed but they still made breakfast . We met a couple who were from England and they told us that we had just missed...a special dinner that was cooked for guests only and they raved about how great the food was . They are thinking of offering dinner again for guests in the future . I hope so ,because we will be going back . If dinner is as good as breakfast it will be 5 star i'm sure . We loved Murray House the location is beautiful overlooking the bay and the rooms and bathrooms are clean & spacious . Margarithe is so very warm & attentive as well as friendly. She explained her family history , she works very hard . Her husband Peter is his name( I think) is a first class chef . He makes a really nice breakfast his pancakes were delicious . I hope we can return next year .More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

Castle Murray is a very special place. This was our third visit and there are many reasons for our repeat business. The view, atmosphere, food, and owner are all 5 star. You feel at home immediately and there are very few more lovely places in...the world that St. Johns Point. You are missing out if you do not select this B&B.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

I'm not going to go into too much detail as it was August 2016 I was there. Not the cheapest place on the planet but without doubt the tastiest beef burger I have ever eaten in my life. Nothing flash or over decorative, just simply...delicious. Obviously a lot of effort gone into where the meat and fish are sourced as you could taste the difference.More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

What a wonderful place to have Sunday lunch ,food excellent ,service excellent ,nowhere else in the area is as good ,such a pity that the restaurant closed we will miss it ,good luck with the bed and breakfast venture

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful food ..interesting tastes .leaves you guessing what some of the ingredients are .Every course just got better and better ..Fantastic place to spend an evening ..If you like really great food cooked to perfect. Look no further it's all here ..

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

This property has a stunning location and one of the best parts of the meal is sitting in the conservatory having a coffee after the meal looking out to sea. Usually this place is a 'once a year' treat because its not cheap, but at...the moment they have a special Sunday Menu at 25€ for 4 courses. It is true that you have to pay a bit extra for their signature starter (lumps of fish in garlic butter covered in grilled cheese......try it). Portions are smaller than usual, but after 4 courses you are full enough. The Manager is French and they actually serve a middling decent French wine. This place has a small amount of rooms with a lot of character. If you like your food i this it would make a great destination for a quiet, relaxing, short break.More

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

We love this restuarant but were a bit disappointed today in the Sunday Lunch. It is advertised at 25 euro but any of the interesting items on the menu have a £5 surcharge ( starters included) which in reality can make the lunch 35 euro...or more. We paid the supplement for the small monkfish and prawn starter which was delicious but 3 small prawns and 3 morsels of monkfish in garlic butter for 5 euro extra ! The steak on Main course was also 5 extra and was quite tough and tastless. Dessert of Lemon cheesecake was unremarkable . Nice flavours great service but not worth what they are charging sorry wont be back for Sunday lunch. We saw another couple actually leave when they read the menuMore

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

From the impression I get from the lack of choice on the lunch menu here (on a Saturday by the way) lunch is not rated as a proper time to eat food. The evening menu is the priority here. I can only base my review...on what we had and the choices on offer. From the fairly limited lunch menu it seems this place still wants to live in the Celtic tiger era. Of the two courses we ordered the seafood chowder for 8 euro while presented in a small portion compared to other establishments was full of fresh fish and prawns. We had no problem with the seafood chowder and would actually recommend it and gave this review 2 stars because of it. The dish that annoyed both of us because we both had it was the "famous monk-fish and prawns" dish. It consists of 5 small prawns and a mouthful of monk-fish with a scone. That was it for 12 euro. 24 euro for both dishes. If this is the signature dish of this establishment then from this dish alone I can only recommend that any potential customers avoid going here for lunch. As lunch should be a showcase for what evening experience can offer this means that I would also avoid this restaurant for any evening dining. A bit of advice don't serve a signature dish that is going to put off any potential customers. And just because your chef is french does not mean you cannot offer value for money. Look at the competition. Awards are also only given by three and four people and not your customers.More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is fine dining at it's best. Wonderful food with lovely ambience. Restaurant overlooks the Atlantic with spectacular sun sets. Great welcome with attention to detail and first class service by very professional staff.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

We were in this place few days ago. The hotel is really peaceful and the rooms are clean and spacious. Eating here is a special moment, the food is exquisite. The "signature" course is really enjoyable !!! Many thanks to all the staff who made...our stay a beautiful experience. Mention spéciale au briviste Antoine pour une cuisine inventive et goûteuse !!!More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

We visited this wondeful hotel for lunch last Sunday - it was a wonderful experience with mouthwatering dishes. The service was excellent, the view fantastic. A special word to Emmett, TJ & Dylan who looked after us so well. Emmett, the fish-cake was delicious. Looking...forward to going back as they have new menus. Well worth the visit. Congratulations to all the staff.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Antoine Minelli just took over as chef de cusine at Castle Murray. This place was great - now it's fantastic! Antoine trained at Brive la Gaillarde and recently worked as sous-chef at The Lodge at Ashford Castle. Now he hopes to take Castle Murray to...new culinary levels. Yes, they still do the best prawns and monkfish I've ever tasted. But now Antoine has created dishes like scallops , pea, smoked yogurt, beed fillet with garlic purée, nettle barley risotto and Guinness gravy, monk tail and nut crust cockles with chorizo, truffle pasta with green asparagus and parmesan crisp, or sea bream with garden vegetables, avocado and black olives. And the desserts! Antoine trained as pâtissier, and you won't believe his Irish Mist parfait with cherries and mint jel, poached nectarines, vanilla cream white chocolate crisp, or warm chocolate cake, earl grey tea ice cream beetroot couli! Love the way he gives traditional local Irish staples an inspired French twist. Another reason to travel all the way to lovely Donegal.More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

We had breakfast twice and Evening Dinner on one occasion in this renowned restaurant (as hotel guests). At dinner, we only had two courses (a main and a dessert) as the starters were mainly "fish based" and our taste in fish is limited. My wife...and I both had lamb. This was presented separately as "shoulder" of Lamb and "Loin". It was cooked to perfection by the in-house French Chef - the best we have ever had (and we are both in our 70's). Our waitress was very friendly and helpful but we waited around half-an-hour for our main course and about 25 minutes for our dessert. There were only two other couples in the restaurant at the time - but only one waitress. Because of this (perhaps) she was very slow in clearing tables after each course. My chocolate dessert was superlative and attractively presented (see photo). The view from our table - over McSwynes Bay - was magnificent. With no background "music" the setting was very peaceful and "romantic"; hygienic, attractive and relaxing. "Expensive" (51 Euro for a five course meal - before drinks and service). However there is flexibility regarding the number of courses that you choose (41 Euro each for our two courses). Breakfast provided all home baked and local produce. However, the variety displayed in the "self-service" area was less than one would expect - even in a three star hotel - or in a good B&B (in 2016). The cooked breakfast was prepared to perfection; scrambled eggs for my wife and blueberry pancakes (three) with maple syrup for myself. I had asked for a lightly fried egg with mine; however, this wasn't provided until about five minutes after my pancakes - but two eggs were served (a little more than I could eat). Instead of tinned fruit - a fresh fruit salad was presented - in the self-service area. Unusually, porridge was available - as a "main" choice - on the breakfast menu - and not as a "starter". Service was slow, as at dinner, and there was only one waitress serving (we were the only guests in the dining area for the first half an hour - on our second morning). She was very personable - a French Student, on placement, doing a degree in Hospitality Management. A lovely girl with very good english. Breakfast does not commence until 08.30 - which is a little late for "touring" guests. Highly recommended if you have plenty of time (and patience). Situation and food - superb!More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

The 3 course set price menu for non-hotel residents is very good with lots of choice, and focuses predominantly on local seafood although the meat options are also excellent. The portion sizes are good and the quality of the ingredients and cooking is superb. The...service in the bar and at the table was very good - friendly and not intrusive. The restaurant has amazing views over the bay and certainly when we were there, watching the sun set was wonderful. Definitely an evening to remember.More

Date of visit: May 2016
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