Just two Limerick restaurants here in Adare feature in the list of top 100 Irish restaurants published in the The Sunday Times. 1826 Adare and The Oak Room at the Adare Manor Hotel are the only two to make the cut which was compiled by well-known reviewers John and Sally Ann McKenna.
Wade and Elaine Murphy are heading towards a decade in charge of the beautiful 1826 Adare, one of the prettiest houses in Ireland’s prettiest village. Together they have shown the ambition and ability of two seasoned professionals. Wade started his kitchen career as a kitchen porter, then slowly and surely worked his way through kitchens until he was head chef. All those years of graft and international experience show in 1826 — it’s a restaurant where nothing is extraneous: everything the Murphys do has focus, impact and deliciousness. Wade may finesse some of his food to make it a bit posh (brown sauce with pork belly; smoked bacon jam with chicken liver mousse; steak with caramelised onions and chips) but his secret is that he doesn’t make it too posh, for this is the best style of Irish country cooking: agrestic, soulful, hunger-assuaging.
Main Street, Adare, Co Limerick
The Oak Room at Adare Manor
Head chef Mike Tweedie and his team could rival the Limerick hurling squad when it comes to sky-high ambition and deft ability. Banish any thoughts or memories of what eating in a hotel is when you walk into these hallowed rooms, for this crew is aiming to rewrite the book on hotel food. Two menus are offered — the Market and the Signature — and both show Tweedie’s fondness for prized local ingredients: Ballyneety fermented beetroots; Doonbeg crab; Rick Higgins’s beef; Abernethy butter; and for deluxe ingredients: Oscietra caviar; duck liver with Sauternes; turbot with champagne sauce; bianchetto truffles. The fish cookery is a particular highlight, the sourdough is as good as it gets, and the procession of food is expertly served, with the wine pairings a particular strength.
Adare, Co Limerick
The Sunday Times
Sunday April 03 2022
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