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MacNean House & Restaurant

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MacNean House & Restaurant
Neven Maguire
Main Street, Blacklion,

Telephone: +353 (0)1 985-3022

Neven Maguire is far more than one of Ireland’s best-known chefs, more importantly, he is one of Ireland’s best loved chefs. His smiling face and down to earth approa...

MacNean House & Restaurant
  • MacNean House & Restaurant
  • MacNean House & Restaurant
  • MacNean House & Restaurant
  • MacNean House & Restaurant

How to get there

MacNean House & Restaurant and the Neven Maguire Cookery School are located to the North of Co. Cavan – 20 minutes from Enniskillen and 45 minutes from both Cavan and Sligo towns.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
Wed - Sat 6pm & 9.30pm sittings
Sun 12.30pm, 3.30pm & 7pm sittings
Fine Dining
Tasting Menu:
€85per person
€130 per person including Wine Selection
Sunday Lunch:
Children’s Menu:
1/2 portions
Number of Covers:
Wheelchair Facilities:
Credit Cards:
Private Dining Facilities:

About The Restaurant

Neven Maguire is far more than one of Ireland’s best-known chefs, more importantly, he is one of Ireland’s best loved chefs. His smiling face and down to earth approach, have earned him a legion of fans. But behind the smiling easy personality is a man with determination and extraordinary skill who turned a remote village in the farthest point of Co. Cavan into a gourmet destination, drawing people from here and abroad for his amazing food.

Like many a one before him, Neven Maguire learned to cook alongside his mother when he was but a boy, in what was then their MacNean Bistro in Blacklion. It was the start of something great, as he then went on to formally train and also work in some of the world’s top restaurants including the 3 Michelin star Arzak in Spain’s San Sebastian. He has written 12 cookery books, won countless awards, and is constantly on our TV screens.

Having taken over the reins in 2001, the MacNean House & Restaurant of today always reminds me of a little bit of France in Ireland. The stone fronted 3-story building with Georgian paned windows could as easily be in the Dordogne. The interior is everything one expects of a high-end restaurant, a tres chic lounge and bar area, beautiful parquet flooring, elegant Empire style furniture, mirrors and chandeliers, meticulous napery and fine china. There are also exquisitely decorated bedrooms should you wish to stay overnight.

Dining is by way of a fantastic Prestige Tasting Menu, which saw us kicking off with a chestnut veloute followed by rabbit kataifi and oriental tuna. You we had a choice of barbecued breast of quail with stuffed ballotine leg, balsamic lentils and lemon powder, or seared partridge breast on toasted brioche with a game and foie gras terrine.

Moving on, scallops were paired with pork cheek and textures of carrot, while sea bass has crab fregola pasta and herb veloute. Each element in these dishes was exquisitely prepared and presented, colourful and exciting, a taste sensation in every bite. When it came to mains, fillet of dry aged beef was with braised feather blade and oxtail gel while seared breast of Thornhill duck had a confit leg spring roll and quinoa. Halibut, that wonderful meaty fish, was with a basil risotto and shellfish veloute. Tarte Tatin with pannacotta and apple sorbet was a spectacular treat as was Chocolate Cremeux consisting of a wonderful caramel mousse, peanut and coco nib tuille and peanut ice cream. More treats followed by way of exquisite petit fours with our coffees. There is also a Vegetarian tasting menu running alongside as well as a superb Sunday lunch and dinner menu.

The wine list is extensive but not intimidating and with wines for every pocket. A good thing to do, and which adds to the overall experience is to opt for the wine pairing with the Prestige menu – it’s good value – takes the pressure off  – and gives you a chance to try some interesting and different wines.

A great experience too is The Neven Maguire Cookery School where you can experience a variety of courses on a half day, full day, or two day basis. It’s a great thing to do with a few friends – fun, food and learning all in one great experience. Check it out.

A bastion of great hospitality, food and style, a visit to MacNean House is special.

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