An 18th century country house in County Laois, Castle Durrow has a relaxed and warming atmosphere from the moment you enter the beautiful reception area. It has been lovingly restored by its current owners, the Stokes family, who myself and James had the pleasure of meeting on our recent getaway.
Each guest room is decorated individually and our room was just gorgeous as you can see from the photos!
The beautifully decorated dining room is cosy and oozing with character. At €34.50 for two courses, the dinner menu offers excellent value. The menu wasn’t published online so I had to deliberate over the wide range of choices and eventually settled on the classic combination, scallops and pork belly to start. Served with a hoisin style sauce, the flavours were all perfect together and each part was cooked very well. My main of chilli and lime seasoned monkfish with pickled cucumber and crab claws worked wonderfully, with the ginger and tomato salsa adding a lovely freshness to the dish. James had a very tasty Barbary duck with flavours of dates, goose fat roast potatoes and a blackberry port jus. It was just delicious! We finished with an apple tarte tatin to share and a Baileys coffee, the perfect end to a meal. We arrived back to our room with a lovely note on the bed which was such a lovely and personal touch!
We were only there for the night but left feeling thoroughly relaxed and refreshed. I would highly recommend Castle Durrow to anyone looking for a getaway with delicious food and beautiful surroundings!
I was a guest of Castle Durrow for this stay. As always, views expressed in this review are entirely honest and my own.