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Castle Murray House
Ranked #16 of 70 Restaurants in Donegal Town
Price range: US$35 - US$49
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Castle Murray prides itself on its dedication and passion to achieving a consistently high quality dining experience. Our Head Chef Remy Dupuy, who has worked in Castle Murray since 1995, is well renowned for using the best of locally sourced produce to create dishes that once enjoyed will have you planning your next trip back to Castle Murray. Our evening dinner menu showcases the passion and talent of Remy and his team while giving the customers a gastronomic experience that is often mimicked but seldom equalled. Great care and attention to detail is given to the design, creation and delivery of each dish on the menu, which reflects the dedication and desire for greatness which motivates Remy and his team. If you haven't already heard about our House Special dish 'Prawn and Monkfish', then it is a must have. A dish so good it should have its own Appreciation Society! The dining room is refined yet comfortable, with a warm and welcoming ambiance that surrounds you once you enter the room. The striking views of St. John's Point and its natural beauty can be enjoyed throughout the dining room. Our restaurant has the added bonus of having a beautiful open fire, which in the winter, when the fire is roaring creates a warm and homely atmosphere that is much sought after on dark winter nights. Through the direction of the General Manager Marguerite Howley and our Maitre d'Hotel Fabrice Costes, a commitment to a professional and personable service is guaranteed to you. Along with our evening dinner menu, we offer a mouth watering 5 course Sunday Lunch that is extremely popular with people far and near. And if that hasn't tempted you 'foodies' out there then we are pleased to tell you that during the summer months we have a gourmet bar lunch menu available and an absurdly delicious and decadent Afternoon Tea service that is sure to tantalise those taste buds.
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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1  Thank Helen C
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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
2  Thank Forkdoc
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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.

Date of visit: October 2016
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2  Thank TravelJunkieNW
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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 menu

Date of visit: September 2016
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3  Thank holidayseeker
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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.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Thank SetantaCork
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