The Bishop's Buttery: Blue Book Restaurant
The Bishop's Buttery is the gourmet restaurant attached to the Cashel Palace hotel. As a "Blue Book" restaurant I would expect certain high standards of food and I cannot be sure that they were met. The Blue Book is a book setting out the main hotels and restaurants of a gourmet type in Ireland. It lists mostly country house types of restaurants but there are some additions to that.
We had first stopped for bar food at this very pretty hotel but unfortunately bar food service had ceased for the evening. We asked for a look at the dinner menu, found it exciting and appetising, and so opted to dine in the main restaurant - the Bishop's Buttery. Also, at that stage, we decided to stay the night in the hotel and agreed a very attractive overnight rate.
When all this was organised the head waiter appeared, whipped away the a la carte menus, and replaced them with a fixed dinner menu with more limited choices. This was our penalty for seeking a package deal with an overnight rate. I was disappointed as it was the a la carte menu that had tempted me to stay. There was nnot even a suggestion of a supplement to choose from the other menu and I was too tired to suggest it.
Favorite Dish: On the recommendation of the maitre d' I started with the seafood chowder. It was indeed lovely and creamy and very very filling. That's the thing about chowder - you don't need anything after it!
The next course was a very interesting fish dish - cod done three ways. There was baked cod, smoked cod, and salted cod. Each was done in a different way and the centre of the plate was garnished with a selection of clams in their shells with crispy pancetta and a creamy sauce. Now that plate of food was very tasty indeed and more like what I'd expect of a restaurant of this calibre.
At the request of the restaurant, coffees and desserts were served upstairs in front of the fire. Some people might have been peeved at being rushed from the table to allow a later sitting, but it suited us perfectly. We had a choice of two lounges or the hotel lobby and we chose the latter because of the open log fire.
When you come to a place like this you want to try something different, like the stuffed pig's trotters. Otherwise you might as well be eating anywhere. Next time I come back I'll insist on the a la carte.
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Chez Hans: Acclaimed Restaurant
Chez Hans is located in an old church building near the Rock of Cashel. The restaurant has long being regarded as one of the best restaurants in Tipperary and indeed Ireland.
The restaurant offers an ecclectic international styled menu with an Irish twist.
The restaurant is quiet expensive for evening meal but there is an early bird menu available.
Also the owners recently opened a upmarket cafe located close to the main restaurnat which offers excellent value for money.
chez hans: gourmet
the chez hans is an excellent restaurant in cashel. it is located on moore lane at the foot of the rock of cashel. i would guess that the chez hans is probably the best restaurant in county tipperary. the menu offers beef, lamb, and seafood dishes. they also have an impressive wine list. expensive but worth it.
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Chez Hans: Seafood is very special
This has been the finest restaurant in the town since it opened in 1968 and continues to attract customers from long distances. Its located in an old church, which adds to the cosy atmosphere and fine dining experience. It also now has a cafe for day-time food located right beside it.
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Granny's Kitchen: Home Cooking
That I can remember, Granny’s Kitchen was more of a fast service place where you can get sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and drinks. They probably had more selection, but we were on the run and this was perfect for us.
Favorite Dish: Favorite dish was the homemade whiskey cake... yummy!!
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Chez Hans: Chez Hans
Chez Hans was established more than 30 years ago and has maintaiined its position as one of the best restaurants in the region ever since. A large proportion of the clientele appear to be Irish people who have travelled quite a distance to dine there. It is located in a renovated church on a road leading up to the Rock of Cashel. Main courses fall in or around the 30-40 euro range. The quality of the food and the service is excellent. A more comprehensive and authoritative review is available in the www.ireland-guide.com website. The one slight negative I would have is that the nature of the dining space and the place's popularity can make it quite noisy.
The reviewer who recommended the anonymous 'coffee and cakes' eaterie was probably referring to Cafe Hans, which is managed by the son of the owner of Chez Hans and is located next door. It is also highly recommended for lunch and afternoon tea.
- Castles and Palaces
At the bottom of the Hill!!: Cake and Coffee
I cant remember the name of the place, but its basically located at the bottom of the hill on the ay up to the Rock!
Its a bit touristy and overpriced....But the sponge cake is yummy!!!
Favorite Dish: SPONGE CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!
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