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“Stunning experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ghan House

Ghan House
Ranked #9 of 27 Restaurants in Carlingford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$36 - US$51
Cuisines: Irish, European
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Built in 1727, Ghan House is a 4* AA rated, fully restored, family run Georgian House now in its 20th year of continuous business with 16 years of awards and nominations (see bottom of page). We are one of the oldest private houses of its' type in Ireland a tree length from Medieval Carlingford with 3 acres of walled mature gardens. All of Carlingford's ancient buildings dating as far back at 1210; from King John's Castle, the Dominican Friary, Mint. Taaffe's Castle and old town wall are within a 2 minute walk from our front door. The Tholsel, Medieval Carlingford's old town gate is just 30 metres from our walls. We are in a wonderful location just one hour from both Dublin and Belfast and two of Ireland's three World Heritage sites are within easy driving distance - just 45 minutes to Newgrange and a 120 minute drive to the stunning Giant's Causeway. In addition the recently opened Titanic museum in Belfast and the Dublin Convention Centre are both just a one hour drive from our gates. Ghan House is an oasis of Georgian ambience, gardens and fine dining with beautiful views from every room of Carlingford Lough, The Mourne mountains or Slieve Foy . We have 12 bedrooms in total ~ 4 in the Main House (1 single and 3 double) and 8 Garden bedrooms located 10 yards to the side of the Main House. The combination of old world charm allayed with modern requirements seamlessly dovetail together to give a thoroughly unique experience. The individuality of the house lends itself to weddings, usually on an exclusive use basis, private dining for special birthdays & hen nights and corporate hospitality - all enjoying the comforts of a private bar, log fires & candlelight.We also have private parking, a lockable shed for bicycles and 2 little homes in the stable for dogs. We have a small dedicated team - Orla & Sarah in the office, Jenny & Olavi front of house, Theresa and Dearblaith serving breakfast and of course our award winning kitchen team led by Head Chef, Stephane le Sourne. All of this is overseen by Paul Carroll. His mother Joyce Carroll is semi-retired ~ she attends to the herb & vegetable gardens, the flowers in the house, some cookery demonstrations and visits to approximately 11 grandchildren.
Northern Ireland
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6 reviews
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“Stunning experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Decided to eat eat here, while staying the night in Carlingford for two reasons. First we walked around looking at different menus and their taster menu was the most exciting and most reasonable and secondly because it looked like an enchanting place to go. We were not disappointed. The house was grand but comfortable and inviting. The staff were friendly, knowledge and extremely professional. The food, oh my the food I can't say enough. I can't remember the last time I ate food that was prepared with such passion, consideration for flavour and presented in a way that made me want to clap my hands with delight! Ghan house has made Carlingford seem not so far away from Belfast and we are already planning our next trip back, bringing as many friends and family as possible to let them experience something that is simply stunning.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Delicious dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Ghan House is an ideal spot for a romantic dinner. Beautiful dining room, friendly staff, and excellent dinner

Visited October 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Stunning setting and meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was a real treat. It's a gorgeous house with stunning gardens and full of charm. The food was outstanding and the service was very professional. A definite must when visiting Carlingford.

Visited May 2013
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Lurgan, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“fancied a change”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

went for a drive and ended up in carlingford at ghan house had read up about ghan house before and the cookery school and was expecting wonderful things yes the old Georgian house is beautiful and is in a wonderful location. the service was excellent and the food was good but I was expecting more in fact I have had a better meal in carlingford at the bay tree.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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16 reviews
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“Amazing food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

We have eaten here a few times and most recently on the 14th August. Ususally we go a la carte but we decided to try the tasting menu. The food is always delicious with top-class ingredients but the tasting menu really displays the creativity and brilliance of the chef. The suckling pig and the salmon with beetroot meringue thingy (I'm sure there's a technical name) wil live long in memory! The tasting menu we had on the night differed a lttle from that on the website but I suppose that's only natural. It was great value and a real treat. Also, for anyone who hasn't been to Ghan House, I think it has a wonderful romantic sort of atmosphere - the old dining room, views across Carlingford lough, candlelight. Thanks also to the waiting staff who in our experience are very professional. Plus once you book your table, you have it for the night. A very relaxed sort of place.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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