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“Wonderful food 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: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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258 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Wonderful food experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

We visited for dinner on a cold January evening. We received a warm welcome and were ushered into the warm, cozy bay for pre-dinner drinks and a study of the menu. That was the first dilemma - do we choose the six course tasting menu - often the best way to see the chef producing their best 'show off' dishes. Or do we go for the à la carte? We all decided to go for the tasting menu. That brought another dilemma what sine to have. We couldn't agree but Ghan House is sensible to offer a wide range of wine by the glass, not just the house wine, do we could cater for all taste preferences and prices. Why don't more restaurants do this?

We moved to the restaurant and were treated to an amazing exoerience in the taster menu. Six perfectly cooked and presented courses, each different but all complementing one another. There was enough choice for some courses that personal preferences cou,d be catered for. My wife, for example would not eat eel, but I love it. She preferredistead to try the frogs legs and pronounced them to be delicious. I could not find any fault in any course. My favourite, I realise not to everyone's taste, was the blue cheese panna cotta. A light cheesy panna cotta deserved with poached pear, crispy apple, Parmesan biscuits, a rich prune, caramel crisp and tangy chutney. Sort of ploughmans lunch turned into an end to a wonderful meal.

Highly recommended

  • Visited January 2016
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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90 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“5 Star Experience ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

We had 5 Star Experience in Ghan House . Check in was prompt,Room lovely & Spacious. Great View from rooms too. Food was above excellence. We went for Tasting Menu & it's only €33 if I am not wrong.Pre Taster Starters Mains Sorbets were excellently presented with amazing balance of Flavors and stress on seasonal produce. "Cottage Pie,Hay Soup,Beetroot,....& List goes on. If you are sincere with your food love,"Do Not Miss Out On Tasting Menu". Bar Staff was very polite and attentive. If I can mention my partner diet requirements were looked after so well being lactose intolerant. Thanks for amazing experience.

Visited December 2015
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Dulin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“FINE DINING, WORTH THE COST.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

WE HAD TWO OF THEIR SET TWO COURSE MEALS AT €38. I had venison and my partner had steak, mine was excellent & my partner thought likewise. Both the starters & desert were also very good & different. The wine list is excellent & not overpriced.
We found the general restaurants in the Village quite over priced for very ordinay food, were very happy with Ghan House

  • Visited October 2015
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Flying visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

Stayed at Ghan house for a family reunion. Bed so comfy didnt want to get out if it. Staff very helpful and friendly. Great food. Wish I had more time to discover & enjoy this lovely place. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited November 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food in posh dining room!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Lovely old place with a lovely garden and views of the sea. We stayed here for one night and opted to eat in the well reviewed restaurant. Avoided the tasting menu and elected for 2 courses each. Irresistible home made bread (with butter and a fab basil dip) There was an additional 'chef's appetiser' - a small venison pie with flaky pastry!
Started with lambs kidneys - with bacon jam (don't ask but it was delicious!!), then perfectly roasted rib of beef served with a ball of corned beef hash. So full!!! Soooo good!

Visited October 2015
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