As our car chugged along the winding roads of Fermanagh as night fellin driving rain and sleet we couldnt help but mutter 'this better be worth it'!!!! Seeing Macnean house shine like a beacon in the night was much awaited.
The building itself , interior and exterior oozes sophistication and yet understated charm, helped along by friendly yet professional staff. The first hint that we weren't in a Hilton or Best western was when the girl at the desk came up to our room with us with a jug of fresh milk for coffee (and delectable homemade butter biscuits!) .
The bar area for sitting with an aperatif and perusing the menu was a lovely start, improved only by the appearance of Neven himself, who effortlessly went between tables greeting guests and answering any questions about the menu. What a friendly untouched by his deserving celebrity he is.
The dining room is old school, beautiful linens, chandeliers , fabulous artworks adorning the walls, and all the diners dressed to impress.
Then it all began.......
Finding adjectives to describe the food is hard, as I feel these words havent been made up yet!!! Course after course came out of the finest food my palate had ever tasted. A carnival of colours, a festival of flavours and so many elements to each plate that in itself was an artwork....delicate, intricate and each perfectly designed piece tasting like a little piece of heaven....there was not one thing that didnt surprise and delight both my mum and myself.
Apart from all the courses on the menu, there were surprise palate cleansers etc, the whole thing was dizzying in its perfection.
Breakfast the next day was another gastronomical delight, I only wish I had been hungrier.
I see other reviewers have some reservations about the rooms (scuse the pun). Ye the rooms arent five star, but rather are like staying in someones house, which personally I liked. There was nothing to fault, decor was tasteful etc.....also to just amble up the stairs up to be after such a great meal was the icing on the cake, and is priceless.
I would recommend anyone to brave the awful roads of fermanagh (sorry fermanagh) to go to MacNeans, its an experience of a lifetime, hopefully one I will get to repeat.
I wish Neven the best of luck with his new cookery school he was telling us about. He deserves to do very well.
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