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“Let's Move To The Drawing Room”

Cullen's at the Cottage
Ranked #3 of 13 Restaurants in Cong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $60
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: This traditional thatched cottage provides a relaxed dining experience with a casual dress code in which to enjoy international and local dishes inspired by our owner Beatrice Tollman, including our delicious signature dish 'Chicken Peri Peri'. It is slow cooked in our rotisserie oven in the main dining area, so mouth-watering aromas greet you as soon as you enter the restaurant. At the front of the building you will now discover a beautifully manicured garden and extended patio area proving a spectacular area to enjoy lunch and sip a cocktail and enjoy the magnificent views of Ashford Castle in the distance. Open seasonally, it's just a short stroll over the bridge from the castle. Booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment.
Oxnard, California
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243 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Let's Move To The Drawing Room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Being off season, the Ashford closes the cottage and moves the restaurant into the Dungeon Bar of the hotel. On the night we arrived, we were told the Dungeon was fully booked but we could order from the menu in the Drawing Room, which is the lobby area outside the George V restaurant. We were seated at a lounge table which was a bit too low to enjoy a meal comfortably. There was a man playing a piano when we arrived who was joined later by a guitarist and singer. They performed in the Drawing Room all three nights of our stay. Although a few of the songs were Irish, they also included Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell in their repertoire. For our dinner we shared a goat cheese salad and fried lump crab with glasses of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. We also had dessert which was a chocolate fondue with whipped cream. Our server, who was from the Phillipines, was very nice and attentive.

  • Visited October 2012
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Ennis, Ireland
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good Food - Mediocre Experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We arrived for lunch and were told, "we're supposed to be getting a big group, so we have no tables for you - come back in 30 minutes." Normally, you'd expect an apologetic tone or a regretful politeness. Nope.

Then, we decided we'd go into the castle to check out the restaurant. We'd been considering going for dinner as we'd heard there was a good wine list. We were informed it would be €10 just to enter the castle to see the restaurant. Are you kidding me?!

Finally, we went back into Cullens and were seated - apparently the "big group" didn't show. The food we had was excellent, it must be said. Everything was well-prepared, well-presented and delicious.

Zero complaints about the food - and they even had a reasonable by the glass selection of wine. Too bad about that stupid "pay to see the restaurant" thing...

  • Visited June 2012
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Nice but not what it should be”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Service was excellent however the food I feel should be of a slightly higher quality than it is. Enjoyable if you just want something quick but not as a per se night out with friends or as a couple etc.

Visited November 2012
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“Fabulous food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Ate here in the beautiful grounds of Ashford castle after a long & tiring day's work. The atmosphere of the old cottage and the wonderful food there soon restored my spirits. Highly recommended.

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Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews
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“Great evening and fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

The thatched-roof entrance to to the old warm, fishing-themed interior - a great environment to enjoy wonderful company and incredible food.

Visited September 2012
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